Love Handle – Toronto – May 21 2016


Love Handle, in association with Discogs is proud to present the inaugural Toronto Modern Funk Fest on May 21st inside the Rivoli Backroom. Love Handle is simply the best pure FUNK party in Toronto, holding it down once a month, since ’09, in an all vinyl, respect the dance floor kinda way. Our official anniversary edition in May is gonna be the FUNKIEST and most ambitious jam yet.

Straight outta Miami, Psychic Mirrors (Cosmic Chronic Records ) is a six piece Gangsta FUNK band with the chops to hang with the stars of yesteryear, and a sound that keeps the future of Modern Funk directly in the viewfinder. Their debut LP “Nature of Evil” is a mix of boogie funk, yacht rock and wavy synth jazz.

Multi-instrumentalist Brian Ellis Hailing from Escondido, CA, Brian Ellis is set on a mission to push authentic drum machine synthesizer funk to the livest, rawest level. His gear list is strong, his output is prolific, and his work ethic is unrivalled! Expect a dance floor ready Live P.A. in true Love Handle style.

To top it off what a better way to celebrate an anniversary with one of the best guests that we’ve had in our 7 years of FUNKin’: Randy ‘Hotthobo’ Ellis and his deep crated collection will be the perfect compliment to resident Dj’s Alister Johnson & Famous Lee in keeping the party jumpin til the early morning..

Where: The Rivoli Backroom
When: May 21st 2016
What: Love Handle and Discogs present the Inaugural Toronto Modern FUNK fest

$15 all night! Tickets available at the door.

Love Handle – Toronto – April 16 2016


Buckle up FUNKsta’s Love Handle is shifting gears in a huge way! For April’s edition we’re welcoming Sweaterfunk regular Dj MAMABEAR for her first (of many, we hope) Toronto appearance.

As a young girl growing up in Southern California, Mamabear’s musical tastes were formulated by spending nights in the roller rink, catching air to funk and hip hop as well as taking note from her parents new wave records. Fast forward to 2007 when she purchased her first pair of Technics and put her music filled childhood to work; she went from playing in her bedroom to making her DJ debut in San Francisco, holding down multiple residences (Double Dutch, Butter) and in 2009 became part of the Sweaterfunk crew, the most dedicated purveyors of boogie all on vinyl. Over the years the crew has hosted Dam-Funk, PB Wolf, Steve Arrington, Leroy Burgess, Howard Johnson, Onra, Psychic Mirrors, DJ Spinna, and Daz-I-Cue to name a few.

In 2010, Chicago was calling her name. She spent 2 years living in The Birthplace of House Music, learning the art of long blends and how to get lost in the 4-on-the-floor. Chicago welcomed her with open arms and during her short time there, was a fixture at Simone’s Bar, Rodan and Alive One.

After Chicago, MB moved to Las Vegas where she held residency at Insert Coins in DTLV, exposing the city to a sound that was different to what is usually played on The Strip. Seeking a return to her roots, in 2015 she returned to LA to re-establish where it all began. As a frequent guest on Dublab, she was given her own show titled “The Honey Pot” which showcases Boogie, Modern Soul and 2-Step.

Drawing inspiration from the many cities she has called home, MB is eager to spread the honey and share that eclectic experience which is essential to her sound.

Accompaning Mamabear on the ones and two’s will be Love Handle residents Famous Lee, Alister Johnson & Big Jacks. This will be the all vinyl FUNK jam to knock yer socks off!!

Love Handle – Toronto – March 19 2016


Love Handle’s Building Block Series continues and COTTDAMN is it a doozy! March’s event welcomes one of the true loadstones of Canadian dj culture, Dave Campbell. Some Dj’s “break” records in Toronto, meaning they play it in Toronto before it gets played anywhere else. Dave Campbell has broken genres in Toronto. A veritable music encyclopedia, he’s performed across Canada as well as in the US, Europe, China and the Philippines.

Dave has that special knack for getting a crowd grooving to his beat, so it’s no surprise that he’s shared the stage with legends like DJ Jazzy Jeff and Jam Master Jay (RIP) or opened performances for megastars like Usher and Kanye West at the ACC. Throw in private parties with the likes of the legendary Prince and the Venetian Ball with the revered Stevie Wonder, and you can see why Dave is a highly respected influence in Toronto’s Dj scene. He was the first DJ to have a residency on Canadian TV with Much Music’s X-Tendamix, and has won awards for acheivement in both house and urban music.

The dream team matchup keeps going strong, especially with Tdot’s Original Host with the Most, Kwame Younge pon de mic you can see that we ain’t playin!!!! As usual, Love Handle residents Famous Lee and Catalist will be on hand to keep ya body jumpin, but yawl already know this night will belong to the dancers!

Doors open at 10pm. NO COVER til 11pm

$10 after 11pm.

LOVECAST #12 – Famous Lee & Catalist

Back II Back and keeping it Reel To Reel we gonna wrap you up in a Snuggie of FUNK by the Fireplace for Love Handle Number 12.  From Soulful Moderns to Funk Slappers and ending with someones (ahem) dusty-ass copy of Skool Boyz end of the night classic This Feeling Must Be Real, we send you off in some Ahhh Sooky Sooky Now style…

01. Back to Back – Shake That Body Music – Sheridan House
02. Jeff & Aleta – Love Touch – Spector Records International
03. Rodney Jerome Keitt – West Oak Lane Jam – Sirr Rodd Records
04. Gordon II – The Jets –  Peppermint
05. Janet Jackson – Don’t Mess Up this Good Thing – A&M Records
06. Together Band – California Girl, California Curl – Albradella Records
07. Street Kids – Try Me – Righttrack
08. Holt Brothers – Dance With Me – Mai-Monti
09. Jeanie Tracy – Can I Come Over And Play With You Tonight – Honey Records
10. Intrigue – Let Sleeping Dogs Lie – Best Records International
11. Bill Williams & Billeo – Things Will Be Better Tomorrow – WCM Records
12. O’Bryan – “Love Lite Instrumental – Capitol
13. Kim Covington – All Of My Love – Street Level
14. James Mason – The Dance Of Life – Rush Hour Recordings
15. Reel To Real – You’re The One – Silhouette Records
16. Skool Boyz – (dusty ass 45 copy of) This feeling must be real
17. Onstage – She’s a Lady of the Night – Jes Say Records

Love Handle – Toronto – February 19 2016


A Special Love Handle appreciation night, located one time only in the upstairs poolhall at the Rivoli, join Dj’s Famous Lee and Catalist for a FUNK filled evening of two-step anthems and boogie bangers for NO COVER! It’s a take no prisoners Love appreciation month, and we got your back on the Dancefloor! Sho you Right

Love Handle – Toronto – January 16 2016


We’re stepping right back into our ‘Building Blocks’ series with a crucial component to Toronto’s underground dance music scene.

For over two decades, DJ John Kong has been a fixture in the city’s music community. Whether as a DJ, label boss, or straight-up record collector, his multi-faceted involvement goes to show just how passionate he is about music in every sense of the term. John’s banging dance floor selections echo his work with Do Right! Music, a record label that has introduced some of Canada’s finest independent artists to global audiences.

Expect an assortment of finely curated boogie, modern soul and funk, spun in an all vinyl style that reps both the past and the present of Toronto dance music culture at it’s finest. With an open musical heart and a lifetime of following it in clubs all over the world, John Kong’s mission is to do right for the dance floor each and every time. 

Love Handle VS Cratery – Toronto – December 19 2015


Weeeee’reee baaaack! Dropping down your aural chimney just in time for the Holiday Season, Love Handle is back with a blast!
Cue the Rocky Theme Song cause it’s finna be an all out battle for boogie supremacy as Love Handle goes toe-to-toe with our arch Frenemies Cratery (! Lace up dem dancing shoes real tight cause there will be no punches pulled, no ego’s spared and somebody’s gonna get an ear bitten off!

In a manner befitting all classic donnybrooks, The Love Handle vs. Cratery brouhaha will feature 6 dj’s, 4 turntables, 2 mixers and 2 microphones and a whole lotta non-stop FUNK action.

LIVE MIX #8 – Buscrates

All aboard the Boogie Bus! My man my Mellow, Orlando “Buscrates” Marshall lights it up during a Love Handle session. The Pittsburgh via Atlanta native had a busy 2015, releasing his EP on Omega Supreme Records and slaying crowds on a Canadian tour. Catch the tail end of his live set and buckle up as he turns it loose on the one’s and two’s.

LOVECAST #11 – Famous Lee & Catalist

Like the animals queueing up for the Ark two by two, Famous Lee & Catalist dig deep into their crates and run a two for two session for your own personal extinction level event. Love Handle is coming back atcha like returning peace doves in the sea of life.


01. Psychic Mirrors – Midnight Special – PPU
02. Christine Lewin – Juicy Fruit – Kufe
03. Pink Fink – Fear the Night – Disko Obscura
04. Thundder – Move Everything You Got – PPL
05. Gwen McRae – Funky Sensation – Atlantic
06. Cameo – Use it or Lose It – Chocolate City
07. East Liberty Quarters – The Wave
08. Caprice – 100% – NIA
09. Betty Wright – Body Slang – Epic
10. Richard Jon Smith – Baby’s Got Another – Jive
11. Tyrone Mac – Don’t Cut Back (On Your Love) – Express
12. Rick James – You & I – Gordy
13. Mary Love-Comer – Caught Up – CoLove Records
14. Alexander Robotnick – C’est la Vie – Fuzz Dance

Love Handle – Toronto – August 15 2015


August is usually a time to reminisce and celebrate the end of the summer, so we couldn’t have chosen a better representative of Toronto’s DEEP music history to join us at Love Handle: Ray Prasad!

Ray has been a mainstay in the Toronto dance community for over 20 years. Alongside Gene King, she helmed Vibes N’ Vinyl a Toronto radio show featuring classic and modern dance music on the now defunct CKLN. Her experience as a music programmer as well as her superlative dj skills has led her to dj events around the continent including the Detroit Electronic Music Festival, the Winter Music Conference in Miami & the Sexy Bitch tour. Love Handle is so excited to present a true Toronto O.G. as well as one of the tireless promoters of dance music culture in Toronto, Ray Prasad. Alongside residents Famous Lee and Jason Ulrich, this one promises to set the night on fire!

Additionally, this will be the final Love Handle at the Piston Bar. We have enjoyed nearly 3 years at the space, but are really looking forward to growing into bigger and better parties that keep the focus squarely on the FUNK! Thanks to all youse beautiful people for your support and we’re excited to see all of your shining faces in the place as we tear it down one last time!

Let’s get knee deep in this shit.

Love Handle BBQ – August 8 2015

Famous Lee  (Love Handle)
Catalist  (Love Handle)

Serious  (Cratery)
Arcee  (Cratery)
Son of S.O.U.L. (Jump n Funk)
Walla P (Voyage Funktastique)
Andy Capp (Bang the Party)
Cam Hildebrandt
Jason Ulrich  (Lab.our Music)

LIVE MIX #7 – Hotthobo

Hotthobo’s all vinyl live Love Handle Set on April 18th is long overdue mainly because we wanted to keep it to ourselves for a bit. The Voltaire Records chieftain drops bomb after bomb in his first (of many, we hope) Toronto appearance. The crowd was hype and feeling the funk vibe as Son of S.O.U.L., Walla P and the rest of the Love Handle massive was jamming on the one. This is was one that even Gordon Gartrelle would be proud of. Share and Download and make sure you check the Voltaire Records store at big cartel ( for pure funk pleasure in a handy wax format!

Love Handle – Toronto – July 18 2015



There aren’t too many people who work a Tdot dance floor like Paul E. Lopes. This legend of the Toronto underground music scene has carved a name for himself in the city’s music history. Whether through his influential radio show Vibes N Stuff on CIUT in the early 90’s, or his long running residency at the Bump N’ Hustle events, Lopes has held it down like gravity. Love Handle is extra hyped to play host for Paul’s second tour of duty as part of our Foundation Series and we really hope that y’all can come out and Handle some Love on a Summer Night.

Love Handle – Toronto – June 20 2015


A friendly FUNK reminder: Love Handle has always got chu covered, and this month we 2 step back to the basics with the original residents Famous Lee and Catalist. Fasten your seat belts ladies and gents, we are gonna trip the light fantastic with this one!!!

LOVECAST #10 – Sonny Dunn

Love Handle podcast numero 9 takes us into the Funk’d up mindstate of Sonny Dunn.  The homey is nice with the cuts and joins Catalist and Famous Lee to put the FUNK in funktion.


01. I Level – 3 A.M.
02. Sandy Kerr – Thug rock
03. Connie Case – Get down
04. Frank Graham – I like it
05. Junior – Too late
06. Switch – Keeping secrets
07. S.O.S. Band – Borrowed love
08. Stephanie Mills – Whatcha gonna do with my lovin’
09. Howard Johnson – Keepin love new
10. Atkins – We gon’ make u feel good
11. One Way – Get up
12. Tavares – Got to find my way back to you
13. Alexander O’neal – Innocent
14. Slave – Steppin out
15. Evelyn King – Do you want my lovin
16. Val Young – Seduction
17. Fatback – Rockin to the beat
18. Rick James – Come into my life
19. Changing Faces – I’m gonna make you love me
20. The woods empire – Universal Love

Love Handle – Toronto – May 16 2015


Orlando ‘Buscrates’ Marshall is a true Funk-a-teer. The Hotlanta by way of Pittsburgh homey has been on the product from day one! One third of East Liberty Quarters and having just released his debut EP (16 bit Ensemble) on Omega Supreme Records , Love Handle is super hyped to feature his Tdot debut. Accompanied by Son of S.O.U.L. and resident Famous Lee, expect a dancer’s mix of Modern and Classic FUNK slappers as well as a healthy dose of Modern Soul and Two Step. Who Love Ya BABY??

LIVE MIX #6 – Victor Underground

Love Handle live mix takes us on an award tour and who better to guide us than a man bumping the Funk for nearly 30 years!

A crucial part of Toronto Funk Foundation, Mr. “12 inches of Pleasure” makes sure to put some cheese in yo macaroni and butter yo bread, FUNK side up!

LOVECAST #9 – Randy ‘Hotthobo’ Ellis

April’s Love Handle guest gifted us a audio basket of treats:
An exclusive Randy Hotthobo Ellis Love Handle mix!
The Voltaire Records head honcho is serving notice to the North! FUNK is comin through!!

Love Handle – Toronto – April 18 2015


Buckle up Toronto, we are in for a very special treat! Love Handle proudly presents the Toronto debut of Randy Hotthobo Ellis! Straight outta L.A. by way of the Bay area, Randy “Hotthobo” Ellis is a co-owner and label manager of Voltaire Records in California, and a frequent contributor/collaborator to Loose Shus, Elegant Borzoi, and Chautauqua. His 100% vinyl sets journey deep into an abyss of new, classic, and obscure 12″ and 7″ records, with a focus toward high-end boogie, disco, two step, sweet soul, italo, house and modern funk.

Combined with the return of our resident globe trotting Dj Catalist, this is gonna be a massive jam! Show up early and get ready to sweat!

$10 b4 midnight

LIVE MIX #5 – Love Handle BBQ (Part 1 & 2)



What’s funkier than roasted pig feet? Jason Ulrich and Big Jacks rock a Jay2Jay set to help you figure it out. Part two is the second half of Big Jack’s set coupled with a (mini) Cratery edition with Arcee and Dj Serious Jammin on the one. Enjoy with plenty o’ hot sauce.