Australian, lean jean wearing machine Mike O’Dowd walked into the store earlier this year, and was hired on the spot. Today, he’ll be crossing our threshold for the last time, so we sat down with him for a chat.

L&S – Having lived in Toronto for 8 months, what are you going to miss most about it?

Mike –The people. A huge list of people, lots of friendships were started while I worked here. Toronto has the nicest people that I’ve ever met. And the summer, there was so much going on! So many events, Pride Week! NXNE! The city becomes alive in the summer. Like Pinocchio.

L&S –Did working with us provide you with any other highlights?

Mike – You mean besides the people? Getting a chance to make the coffee upstairs, it’s a creative art. Being Australian, we have a huge coffee culture, especially in Melbourne (where I’m from). It’s got the largest Italian community outside of Italy, and they take their coffee very seriously.

When he’s not causing our customers to swoon over his Australian accent, Mike gets on stage behind JR Reyne. A massive hit in Australia, they’ve made huge splashes in North America with their short tours. Next year, Mike and the band will be in Los Angeles in February, and will then migrate to Texas in March to sit down for a full recording session. He wants everyone to keep their eyes peeled, as a North American tour will definitely be on the cards later on in 2013. In the meantime, we can content ourselves with their cover of “No Expectations” by the Rolling Stones, to be dropped by Halcyon Records on December 8, 2012.

L&S – Anything else?

Mike – I  just wanted to give a great thank you! Everyone’s been great, and it’s been amazing to work with music here. It was an amazing experience, and I hope I’ll be back again soon.

We would like to take a moment now to thank Mike for adding that Australian flare to our team dynamic. He was a joy to work with, and an even bigger joy to watch when he took the stage. We love fostering a creative team, whether it be with locals, or international visitors, and Mike certainly left his personal imprint behind; he will be missed.



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