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Sofa Kings " Made up of an eclectic group of musicians of diverse backgrounds, the band’s members all have one thing in common - a love of songs that are Sofa King great. "
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The Sofa Kings are the latest addition to this Battle of the Bands Sweet 16 edition of terrific bands. Made up of an eclectic group of musicians of diverse backgrounds, the band’s members all have one thing in common - a love of songs that are Sofa King great.

The band has only been together in this incarnation for the last 6 months. A subset of this band has been playing together under the name Friends with Benefits Band for the last five years.

After having attended the BoB to see their friends in other bands for all these years, this group decided it was time to put their collective energies together to form an ensemble that would be BoB-worthy; and to better stop procrastinating and do this before they ended up as in-patients at Maimonides, themselves.

Dave Segal, formerly of Toronto (but originally from Montreal!), is the latest addition to the Sofa Kings. He cut his lead guitar teeth playing for over twenty years in a celebrated Beatles tribute band called the Rattles. His deep love of the blues has offered him unique opportunities to jam in Chicago with Buddy Guy, while also and forever.... chasing Clapton’s blissful “woman tone” while with The Bluesbreakers.

Harris Caplan, is no stranger to BoB, having played Bass previously with the band UB over 40. By day, Harris certifies airplane designs and at night, he hangs up his rule books and helps drive the rhythm. For the last 18 months, he has been the driving Sofa King bassist. With an attention to detail and harmonies, he is as much appreciated by his bandmates, as he is by his day-job employers where he helps the planes fly straight and level.

Our female vocalist, Selina Itzkowitz, when not trying out new numbers in front of her dog, has been the administrative director of the Centre de la petite enfance du Centre Communautaire Juif for the last 20 years. Her love of harmony is most evident when she is caught harmonizing out loud to music leaking out of stranger's earbud headphones.

Mike Rich who hails from Daytona Beach is an amazing rhythm guitarist who played professional guitar and was a recording studio engineer in the Florida music scene for twenty years. His road stories keep the rest of his new band-mates most entertained - we are lucky when we get to rehearse a song between stories. When not distracting us with tales of his colourful past, he is pushing for us to be the most calorically-challenged band with his wife Ilana's fabulous baked goods ("Creative Cakes by Ilana").

Jonathan Maldoff, is in the driver's seat of this band, both figuratively and literally as our drummer and chief operating officer. From securing rehearsal space (thanks to Prime-Time Players 2.0!), to arranging our chaotic schedules, to event bookings, Jonathan is the man. When not running his company (Intellera) that does business process engineering to help companies run more profitably, he is either taking care of his three daughters and his dog, Cody (who is in a shared-custody arrangement, but its not what you are thinking...better not to ask), or ruminating on how to improve the band. Jonathan feels especially close to this event as both of his parents have received outstanding care at Donald Berman Jewish Eldercare.

Bill Goldig, our lead male vocalist, has been attending battle of the bands for many years, admiring his wife Terri, lead singer of Switchback. The Battle of the Bands takes on entirely new meaning as both Bill and his wife Terri will appear with their respective bands this year. When not selling chemicals across North America (he's a chemical salesman!), he is coaching senior men’s soccer, and thinking about great tunes to sing.

Benjamin Burko is better known for either having a video camera or a stethoscope in his hand, than an 88-key keyboard. His keen interest in live bands arose from studying wedding-band keyboardists in a career as a wedding videographer that spanned 20 years. His only musical experience was over 30 years ago as the director and arranger of an acapella group called the McGill MedMen. After numerous appearances on the Telethon of Stars, winning the CFCF Aaron Rand Show Theme Song Contest, and lending his voice to some Radio Jingles (the Original Moe’s Deli and Bar), he left his musical career for the glamour of baby spit-up and diaper rashes as the director of Tiny Tots Medical Centre. Quebec’s draconian health-care laws gave Benjy ample free-time to re-explore his musical-self. As the newest musician on the musical scene he is thankful to his bandmates for not having kicked him out of the band yet.

Band members:

• Benjamin Burko
• Bill Goldig
• Dave Segal
• Jonathan Maldoff
• Harris Caplan
• Mike Rich
• Selina Itkowitz


Recent Contributors

Philip Lawandi Amount: $ 100 Date Received: 12/12/2018
Nathalie Ouellette Amount: $ 50 Date Received: 12/12/2018
Manon Allard Date Received: 12/11/2018
"Way to go Ben!"
Marla Litvack Date Received: 12/8/2018
Theodore Wein Amount: $ 100 Date Received: 12/8/2018
Ronald Balinsky Date Received: 12/6/2018
"Great Show. Lots of fun. Thank you!"
Elana Pearl Ben-Joseph Date Received: 12/6/2018
"Wish I could be there. Have fun!!!"
Ken Adessky Date Received: 12/6/2018
MARC DORE Amount: $ 90 Date Received: 12/5/2018
Evelyn Constantin Date Received: 12/5/2018
"Can’t wait to see you all at the show! :)"
Clayton Solomon Amount: $ 25 Date Received: 12/5/2018
"Play It Loud! Rock On!"
Gideon Pollack Amount: $ 72 Date Received: 12/5/2018
Selina Itzkowitz Amount: $ 75 Date Received: 12/4/2018
Rick Boretsky Date Received: 12/4/2018
LUCY SCOLAMIERO Amount: $ 100 Date Received: 12/4/2018
"Good Luck Jonathan and Have a great time!!!"
Nicole Abitan Amount: $ 100 Date Received: 12/3/2018
"Good Luck Selina and Mike !!!"
Jamal Hashim Amount: $ 100 Date Received: 12/3/2018
Lorne Goloff Amount: $ 100 Date Received: 12/3/2018
"Best of luck and hope you win!"
DAVID RAK Date Received: 12/2/2018
Anonymous Date Received: 12/2/2018
"Good luck! Good fun! Wish i could be there."
Murray, Julie, Alex & Mimi Yazer Date Received: 11/30/2018
Resa Rosenberg Amount: $ 100 Date Received: 11/29/2018
Ian Pellat Date Received: 11/29/2018
Howard Mitnick Amount: $ 20 Date Received: 11/28/2018
Catherine Truong Date Received: 11/28/2018
Jason Steinmetz Amount: $ 50 Date Received: 11/28/2018
Bruce And Barbara Mazer Date Received: 11/28/2018
Stephen Treherne Amount: $ 100 Date Received: 11/28/2018
Allison Gardos Date Received: 11/28/2018
"Good luck Dr B!! Sorry I can’t be there."
Italia Dalessio Amount: $ 50 Date Received: 11/28/2018
Diane Munz Amount: $ 50 Date Received: 11/28/2018
"Best wishes for this excellent cause"
Shirley Blaichman Amount: $ 100 Date Received: 11/27/2018
"Best wishes to Ben & team on this great endeavour for such a worthy cause.! Shirley Blaichman"
Toni & Larry Reznick Amount: $ 360 Date Received: 11/27/2018
"Wonderful cause, enjoy!"
Raven Dumont-Maurice Date Received: 11/27/2018
Anne Marie Kepron Amount: $ 25 Date Received: 11/26/2018
"I wish I could be there !!! I am away the whole week:( perhaps next year!!! Your band looks awesome !! Have a wonderful evening !!!"
Barry Goodz Date Received: 11/26/2018
"Break a leg people!"
Dena Solomon Amount: $ 100 Date Received: 11/26/2018
"Way to go Sofa Kings!! Wish we could be there!! Dena and Andrew "
Eva And Jacob Raby Amount: $ 54 Date Received: 11/25/2018
"Wonderful event and cause. Enjoy!!"
Yann Azoulay Amount: $ 40 Date Received: 11/25/2018
Andrea Kessous Date Received: 11/24/2018
Samuel Quansah Amount: $ 50 Date Received: 11/23/2018
Lewis Rosen Amount: $ 100 Date Received: 11/23/2018
"Unfortunately I wont be able to make this event but want to congratulate you for contributing to this very worthy cause. "
Silvana Barone Date Received: 11/22/2018
Aura Burko Date Received: 11/22/2018
David Rosenblatt Amount: $ 100 Date Received: 11/22/2018
"Congratulations on this excellent event in support of a most worthy institution."
Rob McCallum Amount: $ 200 Date Received: 11/21/2018
"Break a leg! (You never really knew each other anyway)."
Sarah Wizman Amount: $ 126 Date Received: 11/19/2018
"Enjoy Ben! "
Sann Lim Amount: $ 200 Date Received: 11/17/2018
Seth Dalfen Date Received: 11/16/2018
Jackie Cohen Amount: $ 100 Date Received: 11/15/2018
Eric Laxer Date Received: 11/15/2018
Janis Brownstein Amount: $ 100 Date Received: 11/15/2018
Michael Carlin Date Received: 11/15/2018
"Rock on Benjy"
David Rothstein Amount: $ 50 Date Received: 11/14/2018
"Good stuff!"
Norman Daitchman Date Received: 11/14/2018
Brian & Eileen Goldberg Date Received: 11/14/2018
"have fun!"
Vincenza La Greca-Nolan Amount: $ 150 Date Received: 11/14/2018
"Good luck Ben. Hope you have a great evening!"
Gary Wechsler Amount: $ 100 Date Received: 11/14/2018
"Always there to support Ben and the great cause"
Anonymous Amount: $ 54 Date Received: 11/14/2018
Eric Caron Amount: $ 150 Date Received: 11/14/2018
"Break a leg, Sofa Kings. I can not make it to the "gig" but know it will be filmed. I look forward to seeing it."
George Nashen Amount: $ 54 Date Received: 11/14/2018
Anonymous Amount: $ 360 Date Received: 11/14/2018
Micol Haimson Date Received: 11/14/2018
Fotini Soupionis Amount: $ 40 Date Received: 11/14/2018
"Good luck Dr Burko!"
Rob Lurie Date Received: 11/14/2018
Robin Rosenberg Amount: $ 136 Date Received: 11/13/2018
"Best of Luck Jonathan!! Break a leg!"
Andrew Toeman Amount: $ 76 Date Received: 11/12/2018
"Proud of you!"
Arnold Cohen Date Received: 11/12/2018
"Mazal tov to the whole band!"
Mark Heitner Date Received: 11/12/2018
"Good luck Jonathon!"
Harriet Pearson Amount: $ 54 Date Received: 11/11/2018
"Good Going!!"
Sidney Itzkowitz Amount: $ 50 Date Received: 11/10/2018
Dany Meloul Amount: $ 180 Date Received: 11/10/2018
"Good luck Jonathan!"
Nigel Spier Amount: $ 100 Date Received: 11/8/2018
Cantor Eric Moses Amount: $ 50 Date Received: 11/8/2018
"Keeping the musical Burko legacy alive...love it!"
Bluma And Michael Litvack Amount: $ 54 Date Received: 11/8/2018
"Best of luck, a wonderful cause!"
Ellen & David Fisher Date Received: 11/7/2018
"Best wishes for a wonderful fun event! xoxo The Fishers"
Hallie Moyse Date Received: 11/6/2018
"Great initiative. "When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace." - J Hendrix"
Anonymous Amount: $ 180 Date Received: 11/6/2018
Jessica Morrison Amount: $ 100 Date Received: 11/4/2018
Supporters Of Sofa Kings Amount: $ 27603 Date Received: 11/4/2018
Tiffany Hecht Amount: $ 50 Date Received: 11/2/2018
"This is Sofa King exciting !"
LORNE STEINBERG Date Received: 10/31/2018
Mitch Joel Date Received: 10/30/2018
"Rock on! Rock on!"
Nina Heft Amount: $ 50 Date Received: 10/29/2018
Gerry Maldoff Date Received: 10/27/2018
Lorne Mayers Amount: $ 100 Date Received: 10/26/2018