Friday June 27th will be the 4th time we've thrown or annual "Beach" theme party to officially welcome Summer! Our question to you is, "What is your favourite summer time song from the 1950s or 1960s?
We'll be playing a mix of sweet sweet Soul, Garage, Surf, Ska, Reggae and Calypso music all night at The Piston, 937 Bloor Street West in Toronto, Ontario Canada!
Below you'll find a collection of some of our favourite summer time jams from our sweet era!
Harry Belafonte's "Jump In The Line"
Arguably the greatest Calypso song of all time!
Joe Jones' "California Sun"
Later made famous by The Rivieras.
The Wailers' "Simmer Down"
Arguably the greatest ska song of all time
The Surfaris' "Wipe Out"
Arguably the greatest surf rock song of all time
Toots and The Maytals' "54-46"
DJ Splattermonkey's favourite reggae song of all time
Expect to hear these and soo much more on Friday June 27th, 2014 at The Piston, 937 Bloor Street West in Toronto Ontario Canada!
This month we're bringing you two (2) nights of winter fun instead of our usual one (1)! On Friday December 7th, 2013 we'll be throwing a party with special guest DJ Misty at The Piston, 937 Bloor Street West. Then, on Saturday December 28th, Misty will be joining us again for a special DJ skate night at The Harbourfront Centre's Natrel ice skating rink, 235 Queens Quay West!
So, break out your best winter gear, sharpen your skates and get ready for our First (1st) Annual Shindig Winter Weekend!
The party you've all been waiting for is finally coming!
Back in September, 2011, we threw our first Motown vs. Stax party and Stax won without question. We decided to do it again in 2012 and, this time, the title of "best Soul music label" went to Motown! The only thing left for us to do now is have ONE FINAL SHOWDOWN in a WINNER TAKES ALL battle to break the tie. We'll be playing nothing but original Motown and Stax 7" 45 rpm records all night mixed LOUD on The Piston's amazing sound system by resident Shindig! selectors General Eclectic, Splattermonkey and Double K (Parkdale Funk).
Who will the winner be? Motown or Stax? The decision is entirely up to you! All you have to do is come out to The Piston, 937 Bloor Street West in Toronto on Friday August 30th and dance to the best of the Motown and Stax catalogues of sweet Soul music and cheer for your favourite! The winner will be chosen by "round of applause" or "how much noise" you can possibly make at 2 a.m. and we'll be playing nothing but the winning label for the rest of the party.
Entrance to this party is free before 10;30 p.m. and only $5.00 after!
First off, The Piston has air conditioning! But, more importantly, we've got a very special guest D.J., MISS SHING-A-LING, coming all the way from Richmond Virginia to spin some of that sweet Soul and R&B music for your listening and dancing delight!
Mark Friday July 26th on your calender so you don't miss your opportunity to dance to MISS SHING-A-LING spinning alongside the Shindig residents you know and love GENERAL ECLECTIC and DOUBLE K (PARKDALE FUNK)! Playing the best Soul and R&B from the 50s and 60s at The Piston, 937 Bloor Street West!
MISS SHING-A-LING grew up behind a defunct record distributor in North Tonawanda, New York and started collecting records at the age of 5. She was instantly drawn to 45s and picked up everyone she found and took them home to listen to. Needless to say, her collection started to become very serious at a very young age. So serious that, when she was in her late teens, her D.J. friends encouraged her to step behind the decks to share them at parties. Once she was doing it for a while and realized what a male dominated scene it was, being a natural competitor, it only made her want to keep at it, work harder and continue to find more records and better records than so many of the wack dudes who thought they were the shit and that females had no place in their boys club. Her drive and motivation to do this has made her one of the TOP Soul and Funk D.J.s in the WORLD! She's has been seen spinning records all over the Eastern United States and the U.K. and collectors and DJs like Grandmaster Caz, Jazzy Jay, Jazzman Gerald, Andy Smith and Tim Brown have all been known to drool over her amazingly extensive collection of Soul and Funk 45s! Miss Shing-A-Ling is the real deal and we are very grateful and humbled to be able to have her as a guest at our July Shindig!
As usual, this party is free before 11 p.m. and only $5 after!