Steve Mahabir presenting his track, ‘Gotta Roll’
Steve Mahabir’s debut solo effort, Angel in Parkdale, is a 16-song concept album that pulls no punches. It tells a gripping story of a one-time drug dealer and his girlfriend that’s based on real people and situations that Mahabir has dealt with over the past 20 years through his storefront business in Toronto’s Parkdale neighbourhood. The songs form a cohesive collection of driving rock, country-based roots, simmering ballads and haunting pop numbers.
The guitarist/singer invited friends to bring his vision to life, including: two Groovy Religion bandmates, bassist John Borra (Rattlesnake Choir, The Screwed) and drummer Glenn Milchem (Blue Rodeo, The Swallows); keyboardist Michael Boguski (Blue Rodeo); and steel guitarist Mickey Andrews (Stompin’ Tom Connors). The bed tracks were recorded with Grammy and Genie Award-winning producer/engineer Peter J. Moore (Cowboy Junkies, Neil Young, Bob Dylan, Hard Core Logo) at his renowned The E Room studio.
Angel in Parkdale was produced by Borra, Moore and Mahabir and was rounded out with the addition of trumpet, trombone, saxophone, violin, harp, tabla and backing vocals, with contributions from the likes of friends David Madden (Bob Marley, Zap Pow), Miranda Mulholland (Great Lake Swimmers), William New (Groovy Religion) and former professional wrestler turned country singer Sweet Daddy Siki.
The Juno nominee stayed close to his Parkdale roots in the popular videos for “Watch Your Mouth,” “Riding Cowboy” and “Wild Woman.”