The Grand Electric group is launching a music podcast
It’s no surprise that dedicated restaurant owners care about music—Bieber blaring through the speakers could cause burger sales to slump (or soar, depending on the place). But Colin Tooke and Ian McGrenaghan, co-owners of hotspots Grand Electric and Electric Mud BBQ, care so much about it, they’re starting a podcast. “Music is a huge part of the magic of a restaurant or bar,” says McGrenaghan, “including what we play during pre-opening and what we listen to on the way home post-shift.” Each episode of Electric Radio will feature a different Toronto restaurant personality playing their favourite songs. (Scheduled guest DJs include P&L’s Matty Matheson and Bar Raval’s Mike Webster.) The duo wants the podcast to help raise awareness for The Stop Community Food Centre, with a long-term ambition of starting a music-themed food festival where the proceeds would support The Stop. “It’s a win-win-win,” says McGrenaghan. “We get to host people from really good restaurats, play really good music and raise money for a really good charity.” The first episode airs on August 15, and can be found here and on iTunes.