Freeman Dre and the Kitchen Party
Freeman Dre and the Kitchen Party
|Origin||Toronto, Ontario, Canada|
|Genres||Rock and roll, folk rock, blues, Eastern European music, country, blues rock|
|Past members||Charlie Crenshaw|
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. The name "Kitchen Party" came from these parties, in the spirit of an east coast Kitchen Party or traditional Céilidh. 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. 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."
Red Door, Second Floor
In 2010, the band released their debut album Red Door, Second Floor. The name of the album referred to Dre's Parkdale apartment. The album was produced by John Critchley and was met with favorable reviews. The album had rotation in Canada and in Britain on BBC radio.
In 2012, the band released their second album Old Town. The themes of the album reflect Dre's Polish and Irish ancestry, and the immigrant experience in Toronto. The album was produced by Dale Morningstar at The Gas Station studio on Toronto Island and was met with favourable reviews. The album was released at a party hosted at The Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto.
In 2012, Freeman Dre was nominated a second time for "Best Songwriter" by Now magazine.
During the 2013 Stanley Cup playoffs, the band produced a song dedicated to the Toronto Maple Leafs entitled Go Leafs, Go!. In 2013, the track "Whatever It Takes" off Old Town was used in a Season 3 episode of the Showcase series Lost Girl.
On November 23, 2013, they released their first single from their new album titled Wickedness, which was met with positive reviews. The single also features a B-side titled Apophenia. The single Wickedness was accompanied by a music video directed by Justin Friesen.
Reckless Good Intentions
- 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
- The art of the kitchen party | Orillia Packet and Times
- Celebrating a year in the life of Fedora Upside-Down | Uma Nota
- Old Town reflects on rich family history - Toronto article - News - MSN CA
- Eclectic mix of music can pop up anywhere | Metro
- Freeman Dre and Kitchen Party - Red Door 2nd Floor • Folk & Country Reviews • exclaim.ca
- Freeman Dre & The Kitchen Party - Red Door 2nd Floor | NOW Magazine
- BBC Radio 2 - Bob Harris Sunday, Farrah in session
- Old Town | New Canadian Music
- Freeman Dre & The Kitchen Party - Old Town | NOW Magazine
- Radar: Tasty Thursdays, Freeman Dre and the Kitchen Party album release with Lemon Bucket Orkestra and Nick Teehan, Charles Bierk
- Freeman Dre - Ryan Thibault | Collective Arts Brewing
- THE 20: Freeman Dre |
- Lost Girl Music Season 3 - TV Show Music
- Audible/Visual Hoots: December 2nd Roundup | Grayowl Point
- Wickedness - Single | New Canadian Music
- Freeman Dre and the Kitchen Party
- "Reckless Good Intentions, by Freeman Dre & The Kitchen Party". Freeman Dre & The Kitchen Party. Retrieved 2018-03-17.