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.
Famous Lee (Love Handle)
Catalist (Love Handle)
Son of S.O.U.L. (Jump n Funk)
Big Jacks (GGBRFUCKEM)
Walla P (Voyage Funktastique)
Andy Capp (Bang the Party)
Jason Ulrich (Lab.our Music)
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.
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!!!
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??
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
For many years Curtis Smith has been one of Toronto’s most treasured DJs. Through rhythm, words and sounds he has been responsible for breaking records, genres, and social boundaries. As a DJ, he began in the 1980’s playing at various after hour venues throughout city. His passion for music led him to the format of radio, and in 1994 Smith landed at CKLN. For the next 16 years Curtis Smith created, programmed and hosted “Out of D’Ordinary”. The show soon became an overnight sensation and eventually its own musical institution, which kept listeners clinging to every rhythm, melody and hook. Each week Curtis seamlessly blended Rare Jazz, Funk, Soul, Latin, Disco, UK Soul, Acid Jazz, Deep House and other left field goodies both new and old from around the globe. Through the art of spoken word, he infused historical context and social relevance into the program so his listeners stayed both locked and clocked, The spirit of Out of D’Ordinary now lives in his monthly “Groove on Down” sessions, and releases on Dibgate Records.
It’s a new year and we’re starting off with a BANG! Famous Lee and Jason Ulrich are joined by Gene King. If you have been living in a deep hole and haven’t heard of Gene, then you have some catching up to do.. One of the premiere champions of underground music in Toronto/Montreal for close to 3 decades, Gene is a record collector, label owner, producer, radio show host and general all around amazing talent. Come out & show some proper LOVE as we hott up the dancefloor LOVE HANDLE style!
$5 til Midnight $10 after
This holiday season Love Handle jumps off the gift giving a few days early. Dj’s Famous Lee, Son of S.O.U.L. and Big Jacks guarentee to put the FUNK in yo TRUNK so join us on the dancefloor and let FUNK it up!