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. Throughout the past decade Radeff has maintained a solo career performing at nursing and retirement homes. He volunteered at a drop in center for the homeless and marginalized people on Yonge Street where he maintained a strong, loyal following and performed well over a hundred solo Saturday night shows.
Apart from Radeff’s original songs, they play rock covers by artists as diverse as Pink Floyd, Cream and Tom Petty, reggae by Bob Marley and Johnny Nash and blues classics from B.B. King and Robert Johnson and always more than a few 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 new bassist Anton Parfenyuk who has brought energy and tightness to their sound.
Throughout 2010 and 2011 the band has continued to evolve creatively, writing, recording and steadily performing shows in Toronto and the surrounding area. Donkey was also the only rock band at Toronto’s summer “Buskerfest 2010” performing with the Hercini Arts Collective dancers as seen on You Tube. Donkey’s third CD “The Calling Of The Streets” was released last year to enthusiastic reviews praising it as the project’s best work to date.
Fri, May 17, 2013 - Manhattan's
147 Dunlop Street East, Barrie, ON
(705) 721-1190, 9pm-1am, no cover
Sat, Jun 1, 2013 - Elias Restaurant & Bar
3310 Keele Street, Toronto, ON
(416) 633-1735, 9pm-1am, no cover
Fri, Jun 7, 2013 - Vapor Central
667 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON
(416) 923-3556, 9pm-1am, $10 cover