One day in Toronto: Country band Johnson Crook

The country quartet takes us on a tour of their favourite food and drink destinations in the Toronto area

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Though each member of the quartet—Noel Johnson (rhythm guitars/vocals), brothers Nathan (lead guitar/vocals) and Trevor Crook (drums/vocals) and Jared Craig (bass/vocals)—brings his unique personality to the band, the group share a love of pure, honest music stemming from their small-town backgrounds, drawing inspiration from groups like the Eagles, Avett Brothers and The Band. Each member of Johnson Crook contributes equally to the overall sound built on four voices. 

After touring their release, The Album, for the last year, they are back in the studio working on a new single due to release late spring time 2019. Now that they are home, we chatted with them about their favourite places for breakfast, lunch, dinner and drinks. 

Breakfast

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Johnson: Bluegrass brunch at the Dakota Tavern, because let's be honest, we're musicians. A unique experience for musicians to enjoy great music and an all-you-can-eat feast!

Lunch

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Nathan Crook: Pan Chancho Bakery & Café in Kingston was introduced to us by my wife and her aunt, but quickly turned into a must-stop every time we come through. A great variety of food and drinks that represent the area. Aside from the cafe, they have a delicious deli and bakery for things to take on the run.

Dinner

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Trevor Crook: Le Baratin (Toronto, at Dundas and Brock). Incredible atmosphere with traditional french cuisine. Fancy, but comfortable, room to enjoy an evening of laughter and fine dining.

Drinks

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Craig: Signal Brewing Company (in Corbyville) celebrates the true meaning of a brewery, with craft beers ranging from stout to sour. This building, being the old Wisers factory, has a true rustic feel to it.