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September 6, 2013
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Rebel Hop

HIS FRIDAY IS THE RETURN OF REBEL HOP TO THE PISTON!

DJ Linx, DJ Double K, Dennis P on Sax.

Everything in between Soul, Funk, Reggae, Hip Hop, Motown and their relative disciples.

Its Friday, September 20th, 2013

FREE before 11.

August 29, 2013
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SoulSkank – Back to Work

Labour day passes and its back to work, for us its mean getting back to doing what we do best!! And this Friday Sept. 6th we are live at the Handlebar!!

Residences DJ Double K and Dennis P will be joined by DJ Magnificent (Ottawa) and as always we got the very best in SOUL, FUNK, ROCKERS, MOTOWN, STAX…

Its free before 11 and $5 there after.

August 15, 2013
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Shindig presents… Motown Vs Stax: The Tie Breaker

The party you’ve all been waiting for is finally coming!
Back in September, 2011, we threw our first Motown vs. Stax party and Stax won without question. We decided to do it again in 2012 and, this time, the title of “best Soul music label” went to Motown! The only thing left for us to do now is have ONE FINAL SHOWDOWN in a WINNER TAKES ALL battle to break the tie. We’ll be playing nothing but original Motown and Stax 7″ 45 rpm records all night mixed LOUD on The Piston’s amazing sound system by resident Shindig! selectors General Eclectic, Splattermonkey and Double K (Parkdale Funk).
Who will the winner be? Motown or Stax? The decision is entirely up to you! All you have to do is come out to The Piston, 937 Bloor Street West in Toronto on Friday August 30th and dance to the best of the Motown and Stax catalogues of sweet Soul music and cheer for your favourite! The winner will be chosen by “round of applause” or “how much noise” you can possibly make at 2 a.m. and we’ll be playing nothing but the winning label for the rest of the party.

Entrance to this party is free before 10:30 p.m. and only $5.00 after!

See you there!

July 16, 2013
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Shindig presents… MISS SHING-A-LING

Have we got a treat for you!

First off, The Piston has air conditioning! But, more importantly, we’ve got a very special guest D.J., MISS SHING-A-LING, coming all the way from Richmond Virginia to spin some of that sweet Soul and R&B music for your listening and dancing delight!

MISS SHING-A-LING grew up behind a defunct record distributor in North Tonawanda, New York and started collecting records at the age of 5. She was instantly drawn to 45s and picked up everyone she found and took them home to listen to. Needless to say, her collection started to become very serious at a very young age. So serious that, when she was in her late teens, her D.J. friends encouraged her to step behind the decks to share them at parties. Once she was doing it for a while and realized what a male dominated scene it was, being a natural competitor, it only made her want to keep at it, work harder and continue to find more records and better records than so many of the wack dudes who thought they were the shit and that females had no place in their boys club. Her drive and motivation to do this has made her one of the TOP Soul and Funk D.J.s in the WORLD! She’s has been seen spinning records all over the Eastern United States and the U.K. and collectors and DJs like Grandmaster Caz, Jazzy Jay, Jazzman Gerald, Andy Smith and Tim Brown have all been known to drool over her amazingly extensive collection of Soul and Funk 45s! Miss Shing-A-Ling is the real deal and we are very grateful and humbled to be able to have her as a guest at our July Shindig!

Mark Friday July 26th on your calender so you don’t miss your opportunity to dance to MISS SHING-A-LING spinning alongside the Shindig residents you know and love GENERAL ECLECTIC and DOUBLE K (PARKDALE FUNK)! Playing the best Soul and R&B from the 50s and 60s at The Piston, 937 Bloor Street West!

As usual, this party is free before 11 p.m. and only $5 after!

See you there!

July 1, 2013
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SOUL SKANK – Skankin’ ina Kensington

Its official: its summer… and its the 1st Friday of the month
= SOULSKANK!

Speakers a pumpin’, bodies a movin’, cold bevies a pourin’.
Get your skankin’ on ina Kinsignton market.

Come join us this Friday July 5th w/ selectors:
DeejayGramera
+
Parkdale Funk

All vinyl party: soul, reggae, ska, rockers, motown, stax.

#soulskank #handlebar

June 18, 2013
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SHINDIG 3RD ANNUAL BEAACH PARTY

Howdy Hi Shindiggers!

It’s that time of year once again!

Summer is here and that means we’re throwing our Annual Beach Party! (not on an actual beach but at The Piston)

Get dressed up in beach wear and dance to some sweet Surf, Garage, Soul, Ska, Reggae, and Calypso music from the 50s and 60s to officially welcome our favourite season, Summer!

With resident 7″ 45 rpm vinyl selectors General Eclectic, Parkdale Funk (a.k.a. DJ Double K) and Splattermonkey!

Free before 10:30, only $5.00 after!

At The Piston, 937 Bloor Street West!

See you there!

June 1, 2013
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SOULSKANK 2 YEAR BASHMENT

Yes, yes ya’ll and we don’t stop! Can you believe its actually been two years already? I swear it feels like yesterday Graeme was sending me the flyer asking for approval(wait that was yesterday) Anyway time has flown! In two years we went from The Piston to Parts & Labour and now we’re at our new home HANDLEBAR… What a whirlwind.

One thing remains consistent throughout all the change and that’s our undying devotion to bring you the very best in Soul, Funk, Ska, Dancehall and Rockers. We never expected it to last this long so this is all just a pleasant surprise and one that we have you all to thank!

So at our 2-yr anniversary we have lots to be thankful for and as a show of gratitude we’re gonna be taking requests. That’s right anything you wanna hear, if we have it we’ll play it…. multiple times if the need exists!

Ah yes the stats…

DJ GRAMERA on the one’s DJ DOUBLE K on the two’s
Dennis P sax, english and French horn (this may or may not be true)

MOTOWN
STAX
ATCO
COXSONE
TROJAN
MUSICOR
ATLANTIC
STUDIO ONE
BLUE BEAT
PEOPLE RECORDS

Its here! Its hear! lets dance and drink and celebrate soul brother and sisterhood together on June 5th at HANDLEBAR

Free b4 11

May 15, 2013
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SHINDIG PRESENTS THE BEST OF GIRL GROUPS

We’ve finally decided on a theme for our next Shindig party!

Since we love to play them soo much every month anyway, we though we would dedicate the entire party to the Women of R&B particularly the Girl Group movement of the early 60’s.

That means GIRL GROUPS!!! and lots of them!! All night long!!

…and the odd female solo artists.

So expect to hear everything from the Spector sound of the Ronettes and the Crystals to Motown super groups like the Supremes and the Marvelettes as well as female solo artists like Etta “Ms. Peaches” James and Aretha Franklin and much much much much more!

All Females all night! Played loud on the Piston’s amazing sound system by resident 7″ 45 rpm vinyl selectors, Parkdale Funk, Splattermonkey and General Eclectic for your dancing delight!

Free before 10:30 p.m. only $5.00 after.

See you there!

April 18, 2013
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SOULSKANK MAY DAY

ts May! One of the best months of the year! People start to come out of the woodwork, patio season commences, drinks aplenty, beautiful sunshine!

It just so happens in the heart of Kensington there is a little watering hole that has all the bases covered. Handlebar. Patio. Drinks. SoulSkank..!!

So what’s what’s going down for this one you ask? Well… Yes the residents will be in the building, DJ Double K, DJ Gramera will be holding you down all night on the wax and Dennis P will be killing it on the sax. Its Soul, Funk, Rockers, Ska, Dancehall, Motown, Stax…

So there you have it too many reasons to come out and be apart of the two anniversary of the ever evolving SoulSkank dance party! You know we don’t miss so please do yourself a favour and don’t miss out!

Free before 11

$5 there after

April 1, 2013
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SHINDIG APRIL EDITION

We’ve got a special treat for you this week! The return of DJ Misty Rock n’ Roll!

With Uma Nota happening at the Great Hall on the 26th, DJ General Eclectic will be absent from Shindig so, we turned to one of our favourite 50’s and 60’s Rock n’ Roll 7″ 45 RM Vinyl selectors to fill the void. DJ Misty Rock n’ Roll is a force to be reckoned with in Toronto so, instead of trying to compete with her raw and dirty Rock n’ Roll sound, we decided to invite her to come and rock our party!

Alongside resident Shindig crew DJs Splattermonkey & Parkdale Funk!

Big thanks to everyone who came out to our 2 year Anniversary party last month! We still have a few 2 year Anniversary mixed CDs left so, If you haven’t grabbed a copy yet, we will have some available. First come, first serve.

Free before 10:30 p.m. $5.00 after.

See you there!