Although no one knew it at the time, the first incarnation of Beggars Waltz was formed in 1995. Warren Snider, Josh Kerbel and Kyle McMurtry formed a band called Hubble’s View. Hubble’s View cut their teeth in the Toronto music scene playing most of the iconic venues such as The El Mocambo, The Rivoli, Ted’s Wrecking Yard, Ummerskumer and many more. It was around 2002 when Josh Koffman joined the band on drums and vocals. Playing songs by The Band, The Doors, Grateful Dead, the newly formed quartet played numerous shows in and around Toronto making The Black Sheep Tavern its home base. Fast forward to 2015 when Josh Koffman had the idea to host a themed night of 1970’s cover songs, a la “The Last Waltz”. As the night featured songs by The Rolling Stones and The Band, the group chose “The Beggars Waltz Concert Event” as the name. (Beggars from The Rolling Stones 1968 album, Beggars Banquet and Waltz from The Band’s final concert, The Last Waltz) The first concert event was held on Saturday, June 15, 2015 at The Opera House in Toronto, ON. The house band for this evening featured Kyle McMurtry, Warren Snider & Evan Ritchie amongst many other great Toronto musicians. One of the guest performers was Patrick O’Donoghue who sang, Like A Rolling Stone by Bob Dylan and Caravan by Van Morrison. Another guest performer was Josh Kerbel who sang and played Loser by The Grateful Dead.
The second Beggars Waltz Concert Event took place on Saturday, Apr 16, 2016. It was this night that solidified Patrick as the band’s lead singer. Featuring covers by Bowie, Van and U2, it was another successful show at The Opera House. The band continued to play cover shows throughout Toronto adopting the name Beggars Waltz. It wasn’t until August 2017 that Warren and Patrick decided to start writing their own songs. By this time, the core band consisted of Evan, Kyle, Warren and Patrick. Josh Kerbel immediately joined the new lineup on rhythm guitar and vocals. With Josh in the mix, the writing, playing and the overall chemistry of the band took off. After two months of playing original material, the band went to Collingwood, ON to start recording an EP. With Warren playing both bass and piano, it was time to add a full time keyboardist to the band. Adam Adler joined the band for the summer of 2018 but had to leave shortly after for other commitments. With Adam’s departure, Howard Goldbach joined the band on keys. Many months and many shows later, the band went back to the studio to finish the long anticipated EP. The final touches were recorded and mixed at Subterranean Sound Studios in Toronto, ON. Stay tuned for the next chapter in the Beggars Waltz’s history.