Freeman Dre is from the once gritty but quickly-gentrifying neighborhood of Parkdale. It’s a place where junkies, winos and new immigrants exist in the shadow spaces between condo towers and artists lofts. Even as gentrification pushes them out, these wayward characters find a home in Freeman Dre’s songs. The tunes—direct, memorable, romantic, and informed by folk-rock tradition as much as his Irish and Polish roots—invoke beer-swilling singalongs, foot stomping dance parties, and more than a few tears. Like the late night shot of whiskey, Freeman’s Dre music hits you straight in the gut and then fills your head with the foolish idea that, with enough love, anything is possible.