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Getting Reckless at the Cathedral

Getting Reckless at the Cathedral

If you read last week’s article about Brass transit, there was a little blurb about the opening band The Free Label. Well, a week later Blast Toronto had to be in their space once again. This time it was at the newly opened Bar Cathedral on the Esplanade. I wanted to see a full set from this up-and-coming R&B, Funk, Pop, Soul, and all-around Smooth Band.

From my understanding, these guys are the latest lineup from York University, where there were many members that came in and out of the band before they settled on this lineup. What I like about them is how cohesive they all are together. They are very tight as a unit and generous enough that everyone gets to showcase their talent throughout the sets.

The Band consists of:

  • Josh Daniel – lead vocals, Saxophone
  • Mathew Fantini – Bass, vocals
  • Malik Mungo – Guitar, vocals
  • Cole Mendez – Keys, Vocals

They showed up to showcase their new single, “Reckless”. It is a laid back Hip Hop tune that has a carefree attitude. Here is a link to this song… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b-9eHmPLfUk

The first half of the set was dedicated to their original material that got people on their feet and getting the party started. They even brought up a friend named Dawson, who sang wonderfully in tandem with Josh. The second half was dedicated to great covers of classic songs from artists like Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Kool and the Gang, well you get the idea. It was a night of fun, passion, and letting your hair down again. Even the manager got in the groove and started dancing on his own bar at one point in the evening. This was a great mix of a live and happy crowd and there were there to support live music and do it dancing!

Here are some images of The Free Label:

You can find The Free label here with these links…

https://www.facebook.com/freelabellove/?ref=page_internal

https://www.thefreelabel.ca/

Get the vibes that are happening at Bar Cathedral here…

https://www.facebook.com/barcathedral/?ref=page_internal

https://www.barcathedral.ca/

Transit on the Go

Transit on the Go

With live music slowly trying to make its way back into our lives, this was kind of a cool way for it to be reborn. The Beaches Jazz Festival put on a show in an unusual spot and not in the Beaches. This gig was held at Scarborough’s Guildwood Go Station on Kingston Rd. The… Continue Reading

Carlos Alonso- XLIX

Carlos Alonso- XLIX

When you listen to this outing by Carlos Alonso, the first feeling I got was it was an invitation to his 49th Birthday. After my first run through I understood the significance of 49. It is the birthday before you are at the half century mark, so what do you do at this stage. Do… Continue Reading

Blast picks apart Zuffalo’s Birdbrain

Blast picks apart Zuffalo’s Birdbrain

I just had a zoom with Zuffalo about their new album, Birdbrain. The band consists of:Kim Manning- Vocals, KeysMikey Vukovich- Vocals, BassSean Steele- Vocals, GuitarEric Vanier- Drums If you are wondering about their name, I looked it up and this is what I found on Wikipedia. Zuffolo (also chiufolo, ciufolo) is an Italian fipple flute. First described in the… Continue Reading

Devouring Saturn – Fortis Rebis

Devouring Saturn – Fortis Rebis

Reaching, striving for lofty goals, Devouring Saturn searches out it own personal levels of heavenly delights while digging new depths within themselves of new discoveries. The result is invocative and is mixed  within a harsh realm of alchemy that is called Fortis Rebis. This is a symphonic cacophony of a no holds barred ride into… Continue Reading

Art Griffin – The Venus Variations

Art Griffin – The Venus Variations

  Art Griffin, one of Toronto’s premiere Prog Rockers comes out with some new sounds that all of us need at this moment.  Of course I am speaking of our uncertain times with Covid, job loss, social and spiritual distancing. These are the real stresses we face daily these days.  Well Art seems to have… Continue Reading

Päter- Sole

Päter- Sole

Päter is a young Torontonian singer/songwriter with a lot of character. I recently was watching her during these Covid times and she challenged herself to write a lot of songs in a short period of time. 30 in 30 days to be exact. Her creative process was fast and furious and her style varied from… Continue Reading

Holly Clausius – Sunflower EP

Holly Clausius – Sunflower EP

Holly Clausius is a young singer from the small Ontario town of Exeter. She just released her debut EP in hopes to find a market in Toronto and other places nearby. The cover is very colourful and radiant with the hopes of that sound emanating from this artist. Her style is simple and has that… Continue Reading

Jupiter Hollow – Bereavement

Jupiter Hollow – Bereavement

  This is not a CD for the faint of Heart. I think that is a fair statement to start off with. It will challenge you intellectually, emotionally and technically. It is as if you become part of this onslaught. The story itself is pretty straight forward and self explanatory. The way they organize the… Continue Reading