Alex Radeff and Donkey

Alex Radeff and Donkey

Founded by singer/songwriter/guitarist Alex Radeff as a vehicle for his eclectic songs, Donkey is a classic, original rock/pop group based in Toronto. The project gathered critical praise with independent releases in the mid/late 90′s. High profile media figures such as Moses Znaimer, Gary Topp, and Gino Empry heard and supported the group’s musical/artistic direction. The College Music reviewed Donkey as a band that is “all about music, not about attitude” and Radeff as a “guitar genius”. Building a loyal following as a trio in Toronto’s live music scene, Donkey maintained an extensive and consistent stream of club dates in established Toronto venues such as the Horseshoe, El Mocambo, The Rivoli and the Opera House among others.

1999 brought the release the debut CD “Kickback” featuring the song “Wartime” a hit in Romania where it lodged in the Top 20 for 14 weeks. Two excellent headlining dates at Toronto’s original Hard Rock Café followed and the band continued its busy schedule. 2003 saw the release of the successful “Nodding At The Universe” CD which kept the band gigging for over 120 one night stands till the end of 2010 including 11 consecutive Saturdays at Hoop’s in the heart of downtown Toronto and an opening slot for British rock legend Arthur Brown who praised Radeff’s songs. Donkey’s third CD “The Calling Of The Streets” was released in 2009 to enthusiastic reviews praising it as the project’s best work to date.

Apart from Radeff’s original songs, they play rock covers by artists as diverse as Pink Floyd, The Beatles, Rolling Stones and Tom Petty, reggae by Bob Marley, blues from B.B. King and Robert Johnson and always more than a few improvisational surprises. The venue and clientele usually determine the ratio of covers to originals.

The live line up for Donkey is Alex Radeff on guitar/vocals, Terry Kavanagh on drums/vocals and dynamic bass player/guitarist Anton Parfenyuk who has brought new energy to their sound.

The band has continued to evolve creatively, writing, recording and consistently performing in Toronto and southern Ontario as well as festivals such as ScotiaBank’s Buskerfest and the Cabbagetown Arts festival for the past 2 years. In November 2013, Alex Radeff & Donkey were acknowledged as “one of the city’s most eclectic bands” by Gary Topp and were honored share a bill at The Rivoli with legendary Toronto original music pioneers Johnny & The G-Rays and The Mods. Donkey is currently working on a new full length all original album which will be released in the summer of 2016.

FurthermoreFurthermore (2016)

Please send us an e-mail if you would like to be notified once the album is available for download. It will be available in the coming weeks. Anyone who would like to have a CD shipped by mail. The costs including shipping are as follows:

Canadian residents $12.00 CDN
US residents $12.00 USD
International residents $14.00 USD

Please send cheques payable to:

Alex Radeff
1395 Lawrence Ave West, Box 20033
Toronto, ON, M6L 1A7, Canada


 
img18Kickback
(1999)
img19Nodding at the Universe
(2003)
img20The Calling of the Streets
(2009)

Live Schedule:

Fri, Oct 7, 2016 - The Queen's Legs
286 Eglinton Avenue West, Toronto, ON
(416) 481-3555, 10:00pm-1:30am, no cover

Sat, Nov 12, 2016 - The Rivoli
334 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON
(416) 596-1501, 9:00pm-1:00am

Sun, Nov 13, 2016 - This Ain't Hollywood
345 James Street North, Hamilton, ON
(289) 396-3911, 8:00pm-12:00am

Fri, Dec 9, 2016
Performance Arts Lodge

Alex Radeff & Joe Spina
110 The Esplanade, Toronto, ON
(416) 886-5485, 8:30pm-11:00pm, no cover

Fri, Dec 30, 2016
Performance Arts Lodge

Alex Radeff & Joe Spina
110 The Esplanade, Toronto, ON
(416) 886-5485, 8:30pm-11:00pm, no cover

Fri, Jan 6, 2017 - The Queen's Legs
286 Eglinton Avenue West, Toronto, ON
(416) 481-3555, 10:00pm-1:30am, no cover

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Contact Us:

By e-mail: donkey@donkey.ca