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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

Alexandra Willett goes BOOM!

Alexandra Willett goes BOOM!

When you think of folk singers you think Coffee Houses, Alexandra Willett thinks Breakfast Restaurant. Yes Boom Breakfast on St Clair hosted an evening with Alexandra Willett. She was there to showcase her new EP, Tip Toe. The nervous yet excited Alexandra got on stage and opened with a song about Berlin. The song was… Continue Reading

The Power of Three

The Power of Three

If you read my Facebook message about this show, it said Do Not Miss it, you will regret it. You may not know this but you regret it. You missed three original performers that could have enriched your spirit and tapped into your unused psych. Beautiful Pathos: Robin Hatch performed her solo material from her… Continue Reading