Freeman Dre and the Kitchen Party

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Freeman Dre and the Kitchen Party
OriginToronto, Ontario, Canada
GenresRock and roll, folk rock, blues, Eastern European music, country, blues rock
Years active2010-Present
WebsiteOfficial website
MembersAndre Flak
Lonny Knapp
James McKie
Joe Ernewein
Michael O'Grady
Neil MacIntosh
Terry Wilkins
Past membersCharlie Crenshaw
Marlon Chaplin

Freeman Dre and the Kitchen Party is a Folk Rock band from Toronto, Canada.


Freeman Dre and the Kitchen Party is helmed by bandleader and singer-songwriter Andre (Dre) Flak. The origins of the band come from house parties where Dre and Lonny would play music in Dre's kitchen.[1] The name "Kitchen Party" came from these parties, in the spirit of an east coast Kitchen Party or traditional Céilidh.[1] The Kitchen Party is also a member of Fedora Upside Down, a musical collective begun by Dre and Mark Marczyk of The Lemon Bucket Orkestra.[2][3] Fedora Upside Down has been described as a "motley assortment of cultural ambassadors" who spend "the summer taking over the city’s streets, parks, restaurants and bars with lively music and raucous dance parties."[4]

Red Door, Second Floor[edit]

In 2010, the band released their debut album Red Door, Second Floor.[5] The name of the album referred to Dre's Parkdale apartment.[6] The album was produced by John Critchley[5] and was met with favorable reviews.[6] The album had rotation in Canada and in Britain on BBC radio.[7]

Freeman Dre won "Best Songwriter" in the 2010 Now magazine "Best of Toronto Reader's Poll".[8]

Old Town[edit]

In 2012, the band released their second album Old Town.[3] The themes of the album reflect Dre's Polish and Irish ancestry, and the immigrant experience in Toronto.[3] The album was produced by Dale Morningstar at The Gas Station studio on Toronto Island[8] and was met with favourable reviews.[9] The album was released at a party hosted at The Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto.[10]

In 2012, Freeman Dre was nominated a second time for "Best Songwriter" by Now magazine.[11]

During the 2013 Stanley Cup playoffs, the band produced a song dedicated to the Toronto Maple Leafs entitled Go Leafs, Go!.[12] In 2013, the track "Whatever It Takes" off Old Town was used in a Season 3 episode of the Showcase series Lost Girl.[13]

Vodka/Pickle EP[edit]

On November 23, 2013, they released their first single from their new album titled Wickedness, which was met with positive reviews.[14] The single also features a B-side titled Apophenia. The single Wickedness was accompanied by a music video directed by Justin Friesen.[15]

On May 16, 2015 the band released the six song Vodka/Pickle EP.[16][17]

Reckless Good Intentions[edit]

The band began working on a third LP[1] titled Reckless Good Intentions originally scheduled to be released June, 2016.[18] Reckless Good Intentions was released June 9, 2017[19]



  • 2010: Red Door, Second Floor, LP
  • 2012: Old Town, LP
  • 2015: Vodka/Pickle, EP
  • 2017: Reckless Good Intentions, LP


  • 2013: Wickedness
  • 2014: Of All The People
  • 2014: Never Went To Church Much


  1. ^ a b c The art of the kitchen party | Orillia Packet and Times
  2. ^ Celebrating a year in the life of Fedora Upside-Down | Uma Nota
  3. ^ a b c Old Town reflects on rich family history - Toronto article - News - MSN CA
  4. ^ Eclectic mix of music can pop up anywhere | Metro
  5. ^ a b Freeman Dre and Kitchen Party - Red Door 2nd Floor • Folk & Country Reviews •
  6. ^ a b Freeman Dre & The Kitchen Party - Red Door 2nd Floor | NOW Magazine
  7. ^ BBC Radio 2 - Bob Harris Sunday, Farrah in session
  8. ^ a b Old Town | New Canadian Music
  9. ^ Freeman Dre & The Kitchen Party - Old Town | NOW Magazine
  10. ^ Radar: Tasty Thursdays, Freeman Dre and the Kitchen Party album release with Lemon Bucket Orkestra and Nick Teehan, Charles Bierk
  11. ^ Freeman Dre - Ryan Thibault | Collective Arts Brewing
  12. ^ THE 20: Freeman Dre |
  13. ^ Lost Girl Music Season 3 - TV Show Music
  14. ^ Audible/Visual Hoots: December 2nd Roundup | Grayowl Point
  15. ^ Wickedness - Single | New Canadian Music
  16. ^
  17. ^!/artists/Freeman-Dre-the-Kitchen-Party
  18. ^ Freeman Dre and the Kitchen Party
  19. ^ "Reckless Good Intentions, by Freeman Dre & The Kitchen Party". Freeman Dre & The Kitchen Party. Retrieved 2018-03-17.