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Love Handle – Toronto – October 22 2016

Love Handle + Omega Supreme

This is gonna be one to write home about! Love Handle is super pleased to bring you a label showcase featuring Omega Supreme.

Founded in Portland Oregon in 2012, Omega Supreme Records has been dedicated to preserving the integrity and creativity of modern funk artist worldwide. Reaching out and working with over 20 different musicians and producers across 8 countries, Omega Supreme Records has been able to keep a progressive music scene from falling into digital security by releasing limited edition records and cassettes. With 33 releases over the last four years, and a growing connection between other likeminded DJs, Labels and clubs, this label has been able to continue to contribute to dance floors who are seeing modern funk entering the night life of their city worldwide. Carrying forward the analog traditions and production mechanics mastered in the the early 80s, artists are carving out new directions with heavy synthesizer baselines, interstellar melodies and chord progressions concealed in intricate drum arrangements that move bodies on the dance floor.

Featuring LIVE performances by:
Brian Ellis
XL Middleton

Dj sets by:
James Vance aka Gwizski

Love Handle residents:
Famous Lee + Andy Capp

76A Geary Ave, Toronto
Doors open at 11pm
$10 early, more later

Love Handle – Toronto – August 20 2016


Love Handle keeps steppin up its’ game by bringing to Toronto the absolute best in Dj’ing talent from across the continent. This month’s guest is an OG in the Chicago music scene. Cutting his teeth in the early 90’s as part of the Chi-town rap group All-Natural, Tone went on to rock the early 90’s DMC’s as well as touring the world. However, it’s his label Al-Tone Edits which has got the boogie/funk/disco scene in a lather. His knowledge of rare gospel infused boogie is at a premium, and Love Handle is incredibly happy to bring you the maestro, Tone b Nimble for his first Tdot appearance this Century!

The last Love Handle of the summer is going to be a stunner.

The Rivoli
$10 til 12am
doors at 10pm.

Love Handle – Toronto – July 16 2016


The best long running all vinyl 80’s FUNK, Disco, Modern Soul and BOOGIE party is on an express run through the city!
The FUNK is hittin’ the FAN (we will find one for the dancefloor), on Saturday July 16th as locals Alister Johnson, Sonny Dunn and Famous Lee play the music to make your BODY ROCK!

No Cover before 11:30
Saturday July 16th
At the Rivoli (334 Queen Street West)
10pm Start

Love Handle – Toronto – June 18 2016


Fresh off the success of the the Toronto Modern Funk Fest, Love Handle is back featuring a bevy of local FUNKSTERS to freak dat azz on the dancefloor.

Jason Ulrich’s sterling reputation as a deep minded selector spans multiple genres and years of Toronto Dancefloor activity. His output as J-Ul on the local techno label Lab.Our Music is currently making waves Internationally, and he’s a certified member of the LH crew.

Cam Hildebrandt has emerged as one of the genre’s most ardent supporters, and his taste and selection of Modern Soul rarites and boogie funk slappers has reinvigorated the local scene. Prepare for the Badness, Love Handle is gonna mek ya moooove.

$5 before 12.

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.

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.

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)

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!!!

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??

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

Love Handle – Toronto – March 21 2015


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.

Love Handle – Toronto – February 21 2015

What a better way to celebrate the ‘Love’ month than to join us on the dance floor as we welcome Dj Victor Undergroundvibe aka 12 inches of Pleasure. Possessing one of the deeper selections of pure FUNK, Dj Undergroundvibe is sure to make you SWEAT!! Accompanied by the usual funky suspects Famou SLee, and Dj Serious, this jam is going out to all of you heart breakers and love makers out there.

$5 before midnight.

Love Handle – Toronto – January 17 2015


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

Love Handle – Toronto – December 20 2014


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!