Love Handle BBQ – September 21 2014


There’s gonna be a whole lotta finger lickin’ funk happening’ at the Cold Tea patio this Sunday as the whole Love Handle Fam turns out in style. Featuring special guests U-Ome Eddy Funkster (Funkmosphere) and Walla P Mtl (Voyage Funktastique), and the culinary talents of Adrian Stein fromSmoke Signals Barbecue, this jam will take your senses for a tumble!

No Cover & Family Friendly

Love Handle – Toronto – September 20 2014


We’ve been planning this one for months folks! Love Handle proudly presents one of the Aces in the Los Angeles funk scene, U-Ome Eddy Funkster.

Eddy has been listening to boogie funk since he was a kid growing up in the 80’s. “My mom would always have the R & B station on when going to school, so I got a lot of oldies and The Whispers “Rock Steady””. Eddy was also an avid popper in the 90’s learning from the Electric Boogaloos and other masters of street dancing. “Understanding popping, you have to understand funk music”. This was when he started to collect records, a passion that he still follows to this day. In the 2000’s he linked up with Dam Funk and the Funkmosphere crew in Los Angeles to hold down thelegendary Funkmosphere night. This night is known to be one of the most world renowned nights for 80’s funk music, more commonly known as “Boogie” these days. Recently, Eddy met XL Middleton by chance and the two began producing and crafting their version of Boogie, with more of a Southern Californian feel. They just recently started the Mofunk Records label to release their own material and material from artists they feel needs to be heard world wide. The smash hit “Press Play”, with Zackey Force Funk on vocals, has been a prime example of what to expect from the man. With releases coming out on his own Mofunk imprint, Voltaire Records out of San Francisco, and Hit and Run out of Los Angeles, the future is looking bright for Eddy Funkster

Dust of those dancing shoes cause this one’s gonna be a burner – Love Handle keeps on funkin ya!

At the Piston. 10pm start. $10 b4 12.

LIVE MIX #4 – Jerome Derradji

Chicago veteran, Jerome Derradji absolutely tore up the joint at August’s Lovehandle. Lucky for you we recorded it. Feel the Funk.

Love Handle – Toronto – August 16 2014


SATURDAY AUGUST 16th we welcome a very special guest straight from Chicago to bless us with some boogie joints.

A bit more about the man:
Jerome Derradji moved to the US in 2000 and cut his teeth working with various record shops and electronic music distributors in Chicago. He decided to launch Still Music in 2004, with the inaugural release featuring Amp Fiddler from Detroit remixing Patchworks from France. With this template set, Still Music went on to release music from veteran dance producers such as Rick Wilhite and Gerald Mitchell, while also stretching out into other genres on Randolph’s “Lonely Eden” album and Seun Kuti’s political afrobeat on “Think Africa”. Still also dropped the In The Dark compilation, showcasing the then-emerging Detroit house sound and featuring the production debut of Keith Worthy, which was touted as Groove Magazine’s #1 release the month it came out. These credentials have earned Still Music “Label of the Month” status in XLR8R magazine and on leading dance music site Resident Advisor.

Not satisfied with Still Music’s impressive breadth and depth, Jerome also launched two highly successful sublabels to compliment the main label. Past Due records is the place for long-forgotten independent disco and funk gems to be unearthed, reissued, and remixed by modern producers, bringing artists like DIT and Greyship Daviz into the spotlight they (wrongfully!) never achieved the first time around. Love For Music (also known as Stilove4music) is the label dedicated to more underground sounds, from disco edits to lo-fi house and techno madness. This is the label responsible for launching Trus’me and Bruce Ivery amongst others, in addition to being home to Chicago’s disco don, Rahaan.

These different directions are all part of the overall musical philosophy of Mr. Derradji, who is also a diverse disc jockey. Crafting sets from the past 40+ years of music, with a special interest in finding and playing music that others can or will not, Jerome has become known as a special selector. He has been at the helm of CD mix compilations such as The American Boogie Down for BBE Records and The Sound of Still Music for Slip’n’Slide which features only cuts from him own label. His talents also include production, with his remix of “System of Survival” on Love For Music being a favorite of DJ Harvey even years after its initial release. In addition, Jerome has thrown an uncountable number of parties in the US, concentrating on the dance music capitals of Chicago, Detroit, and New York City, including a two year residency at the famous club APT. Jerome has also toured Europe to spread the Still Music sound, playing with too many heavyweight DJs to name.

Get Ready Toronto…. Get there early….
alongside residents Famous Lee + Catalist,
you don’t want to miss this.

LIVE MIX #3 – Big Jacks

GGBRFUCKEM mainstay Big Jacks flexes some vinyl muscle with a Love Handle guest set as part of our Big Jay Day event with Jason Ulrich.

Love Handle – Toronto – July 19 2014


Float like a Vocoder
Sting like a 808 Clap
It’s gonna be a battle for the ages as Famous Lee & Catalist welcome the gents from CRATERY.COM into the Love handle fold!

Buckle up Funk-a-teers we’re about to go into orbit!

Bastid’s BBQ – June 2014

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Canada’s #1 DJ/ Entertainer Skratch Bastid will unite people over great music provided by a cast of world-class DJs; live performances from special guests; and prime barbeque cooking provided by Canada’s premier food purveyors!

Featuring Skratch Bastid, Tony Touch (NYC), Starting From Scratch, Rich Kidd (Live), Wristpect, DeMiggs & Tom Wrecks (Itzsoweezee), Jesse Futerman (Live), Jim Sharp (UK), The Gaff, Big Jacks, Love Handle (Catalist & Famous Lee), Big Toe’s Hifi, Your Boy Brian, Mark Brand

Location: Queen St & Peter St Parking Lot (306 Queen West)
Tickets: Advance: $15 + tx + $1 donation to Manifesto Community Projects

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LOVECAST #4 – Famous Lee & Catalist


01. Kashif – I Just Gotta Have You (Lover Turn Me On) (inst) – Arista – 1983
02. Finis Henderson – Skip To My Lou – Motown – 1983
03. Firefly – My Desire – Mr. Disc – 1981
04. Serious Intention – Serious (Dub) – WOW – 1986
05. Common Sense – Voices Inside My Head – BC Records – 1980
06. Big Foot – Watch Your Step – Sue International Inc
07. Fantasy – Read Between The Lines – Pavillion – 1980
08. Plush – Free And Easy – RCA – 1980
09. B-Magic ft. Micheal Thomas – Summertime Girl – 1985
10. One On One – Gotta Thang – Kee Wee – 1984
11. Paradise – Back Together – Priority – 1983
12. Loose End – We’ve Arrived (Dangerous Dub version) – Virgin – 1982
13. Leprechaun – Loc-It-Up – Citation
14. Are & Be – If There Is No Struggle – Are & Be Records – 1982
15. Glenn Jones – Keep On Doin’ – RCA – 1983
16. Kashif – Stone Love (instr) – Arista – 1983
17. Le Johnn – So Good – LJC Records – 1989
18. William Bell – Headline News – Wilbe Recording Corp – 1985

Love Handle – Toronto – May 17 2014


This Month!
Toronto legend Jason Palma comes through Love Handle.
You know it’s gonna get funky in here.
If you don’t know, you should know.

Arrive early.

LOVECAST #3 – Jason Ulrich

Sporting a fresh ‘spring plaid’ look, our very first official Love Handle Podcast guest, Jason Ulrich drops into LH HQ with a crateful of wax heaters to melt your mind-grapes. Jay has been super busy with the launch of Lab.our Music a Toronto based techno label that he co-operates with Stuart Li aka Basic Soul Unit. So buckle up true believers as Dj’s Famous Lee and Catalist welcome the big homey Jason Ulrich into the LoveHandle Podcast fold.


01. Sinnamon – I Need You Now – Jive
02. Kapp Ivory Project – Shock The World – DetMi
03. Carol Williams – Have You For My Love – New Image
04. Chemise – She Can’t Love You – Lotus

—— Jason Ulrich Set ——

05. Tony Adderly – I Ain’t Mad At You – Clockwork
06. Joy – I Need Your Love – Eastern
07. B. B. & Q. Band – On The Shelf – In Your Face
08. May Ervin – What Is It – Music International
09. Psychic Mirrors – Charlene – PPU
10. Vince And Lou – In Her Arms (Instrumental) – Moon Man Records
11. Epicenter ft. Sandra Feva – You Can’t Come Up In Here No More – Krisma
12. Unknown – Why Can’t I Be With You – Unknown
13. Moon Boots – Untitled – PPU

—— End ——

14. Chemise – She Can’t Love You (Instrumental) – Lotus
15. Steve Shelto – Don’t Give Your Love Away – SAM Records
16. American Chocolate – Don’t Bug Me – D.T.R. Records
17. Womack & Womack – MPB (Missin’ Person Bureau) (Folk Version) – Island Records
18. Walter Jackson – It’s Cool – Bluebird
19. Janette Renee – What’s On Your Mind – Sheridan House


The inimitable Aki Abe in the place, we’re so glad we captured his set when he joined us in April. Take it in, do your homework.


01. Armed Gang – All I Want (ChazRo)
02. Jeanie Tracy – Can I Come Over And Play (Honey Records)
03. Distinction – That’s The Way I Like It (Hansa Records)
04. Mavis John – Use My Body (Kalinda Records)
05. Ray Barretto – Pastime Paradise (45 mix) (CTI Records)
06. Johnnie Walker – Farewell To Welfare (Earwax Records Detroit)
07. Cloud One – Don’t Let The Rainbow Pass Me By (Golden Flamingo Records)
08. Arnie Love & The Lovettes – We Had Enough (TAP Records)
09. Rideout – Someone Special (ROTA Records)
10. Crashers – Skank (CAPO Disco Records)
11. Lady D – You Got Me Runnin (Fleetwood Records)
12. Barbara Jayne – I Like The Way You Move (Blue Parrot Records)
13. Carol Williams – Have You For My Love (New Image Records)
14. Mobley Gang – Groove For You (Chancy Records)
15. Dunn Pearson Jr. – Groove On Down (Shyrlden Records)
16. Solid Gold Revue – Love’s Traffic (Castanet Records)
17. Best Friend Around (P&P Brown) – It’s Good To Know (Lonnie Records)
18. Tru Tones – Dancing (Trudisc Records)

LOVECAST #2 – Famous Lee & Catalist


01. Mikki – Look Before You Leap (Instrumental) – Emerald International Records
02. Sherry Richards – Mr. Right (Part Two) – Hep’ Me
03. Intrigue – I Like It – Elite Records
04. Magical Force – After The Dance – JD Transit Records
05. Private Joy – Coolin’ Out – Evejim
06. Affinity – Don’t Go Away (Runaway Dub) – Mango Records
07. Unknown – Make It – Truth Is Light
08. Brothers II – You – Celsius
09. Contessa – Superstar – 6 AM Records
10. Opus 10 – Loves Calling – Pandisc
11. Clarence Jackson – Wrap It Up – R & R Records
12. J. Slyck – Trust Me – Orenda
13. Reneé Aldrich – Just Begun To Love You – Jam Packed
14. Omari – After Loving You – Bound Sound Records
15. Rene & Angela – I Love You More (Instrumental) (Mr. K Edit) – Capitol

Love Handle – Toronto – March 15 2014


It’s that time again, get your feet ready…
That 80s funk sound that we bring to you every 3rd Saturday of the month, it’s Famous Lee and Catalist in the mix this time around, we’ve got some new (old) records that you need to hear.

Tell a friend, a family member, your aunt Susie, you know….
Arrive early for maximum enjoyment and you won’t regret it.
See you there.


No one represents Toronto Funk history better than Tdot lodestone, Son of S.O.U.L. Together with the mic mastery of the legendary John Bronski, you simply cannot go wrong. They keep it fresher than a zip lock bag, catch a taste.

Love Handle – Toronto – February 15 2014


Last month was off the chain!
Big up to all those who came through the spot… the boogie funk is where it’s at and we keep it moving this month.

This month’s special guest is EFSHARP , we’re excited to hear what he’s gonna bring!

Lovely Cynthia will be at the door to make sure you get a smile on your way in. Arrive Early! We play a lot of records and you wouldn’t want to miss out.