Andrew James Barker: Gunslinger Part 2

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With painting nothing is ever ruined. Even after the ink or paint has spilled and bled all over the place, once it’s dry you can pick yourself up where you left off and make the best of it.
It’s actually in those times when the stakes are at their highest, or when you’ve already kinda failed, that you can throw the risk of failure out the window and get on with it. It’s also that tightrope of anxiety and abandon  from which the best work originates.
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Of all things to bring me back to considering making art again, the first inklings came while refurbishing pipe organ components (lots of leather pneumatics and little mechanical parts). Being in a shop gave me access to a lot of materials similar to an artists studio, and a lot of tools. Working with my hands on those components is a very craft like occupation . While in idle time waiting for something to dry (or in the case of hide glue, warm up) I’d often find myself doodling , or arranging scraps of leather into artful images… and it felt great! Then the thought would gently seep into my head ‘maybe I should make art again’?
‘We’ll see’,  I’d reply.
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Then one strange day while my friend , fellow songwriter and indie label originator Eric Brombacher (of Eastside Confectionery Records) and I were scheming about my future album releases told me he wanted me to draw or paint for my next release I was immediately thrown into a state of dumbfounded joy. The medium for getting my art out into the world had just fallen into my lap and it felt profound.
Did he know that I used to love making art? How could he?
‘I used to draw and paint a lot’ I said, thinking to myself so did everyone and their grandmother. Well, I decided, I’m going to do it! And I’m going to show that I’m just not everyone and their grandmother!
Eric believed in me, and that was just the little push I needed.

I think paintings are like steak, better under done than over done. A revelation I hope I can remember and put into practice often.

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 Join us for the launch of “Gunslinger” by Andrew James Barker on Saturday October 21st, 8:30pm at Gerrard Art Space (1475 Gerrard Street East) — Special Guests: The Bop Fi’s!

Eric Brombacher of “Eric & The Soo” featured on Campfire Chords!

I was excited to be featured on an episode of Campfire Chords, a new YouTube series produced by Todd T. Hayes that showcases singer/songwriters from Toronto and beyond and allows them to share their music and give instruction on how to play a song of their choice.  In this video I give step by step instruction on how to play “Listening To Neil” from the Small Town Dreamer album.

Stay tuned for future episodes featuring more artists from Eastside Confectionery Records!

iSpy EP Release – Friday, July 14th at La Rev!

Eastside Confectionery Records is excited to announce our next musical celebration!

On Friday July 14th 2017 iSpy will be celebrating the release of their debut EP “The Art of You” with a live performance at La Rev in the Junction (2848 Dundas St W). This EP is the first in a series of recordings for the Toronto based group and features 3 original gypsy-jazz songs written by Toronto based songstress Rebecca Everett and arranged and performed by her band iSpy.

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Recorded and produced in Toronto at Bluesound & Music by Russ Mackay (Iron Maiden, Gowan) and mastered by Peter Moore (Bob Dylan, Cowboy Junkies), the three song EP was recorded entirely live off the floor using mostly vintage analog equipment to capture the live, organic sounds that define the gypsy and hot-club genres of music.

Kicking off the EP release performance will be Eastside’s own Andrew James Barker who will be playing songs from his album “Low Moon” and previewing music from his upcoming release “Gunslinger” (7pm) followed by two full sets of iSpy (8-10pm).

ECR Podcast – Episode 004 “Riffs & Licks” Now Streaming!

Good day rock n’ roll fans!  If you’re new to the ‘Eastside Family’ you may not know that we run a monthly podcast featuring our artists where we discuss songwriting, record making and general creative pursuits.  We also talk about happenings on the label and beyond.  Each show has a theme and as part of that theme we share insights about songs we’ve written and recorded, and songs that have inspired us.  This month’s theme is “Riffs & Licks” … catch the latest episode here on Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/user-64591847/ecr-podcast-episode-004-riffs-licks

You can also subscribe to the podcast on iTunes:  Eastside Confectonery Records Presents

And don’t forget to stream the playlist on Spotify after the show! Episode 004 Playlist (Spotify)

What are your favourite riffs & licks?  Let us know!

Day 2 – What’s happening?

Day 2 of the Eastside Confectionery Records Blog!!
We had a great time yesterday evening with the Eastside crew.  We spent some time recording the next few podcasts (we record them in advance a few at a time to help ease the burden our busy artists’ schedules).  And it was the first we got together to talk about the launch of the blog and the new website!
We expect lots of action on the blog.  For example, Jason Kenemy will be launching a new album soon, and he’ll be sharing his ideas and philosophical motivations behind the music via a series of blog posts starting in May. Andrew Barker also has an album in pipe and he’ll be sharing his stories along with some great artwork related to the album … Andrew is also looking forward to writing in depth album reviews, and he’s got some pretty interesting ideas around that … are you excited?  I am!  Jerry’s got lots of great poetry in the archives some of which he’ll be sharing here … and he’s quite the musical encyclopedia himself, so we’re eager to see what else he comes up with!  Craig’s a great visual artist, and also a guy that’s rich with musical knowledge so we’re excited to see what he’s got on the burner as well.   As for me, I’ve got a few ideas cooking … I have no shortage of love (and opinions) about music and musicians, and I’m looking to share my two cents as well … and hey I may just jump on the bandwagon and paint some pictures of my own!  And hey … if you’re feeling inspired, and you’d like to share, drop us a line, and we may just feature some of your good works on the site!
Peace, Love & Rock n’ Roll
Eric