Saturday Afternoons At The Leaside

Saturday Afternoons At The Leaside
The Leaside Pub, 190 Laird Drive

100 Years Old And Still Going Strong

100 Years Old And Still Going Strong
Fine Photos Thanks To Bill Symmons

Dorothy, Fascinator, On City

Dorothy, Fascinator, On City
Leaside Pub June 30

Real Pub Atmosphere

Real Pub Atmosphere
A Lot Of History At The Leaside Pub

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Back Home At Leaside Saturday November 30 4-7pm
Climax Jazz Band Puts On The Style 
Always a good time at the venerable Leaside Pub, with excellent service, good food and a fine selection of beer, wine and cocktails. And of course exhilarating music from Canada's Jazz Ambassadors, the Climax Jazz Band. 

Monday, November 11, 2019

Preliminary dates for 2020 to put in your calendar

Saturday 30         Leaside Pub 4-7pm with Dorothy                            
Saturday 28        Leaside Pub 4-7pm with Dorothy       
Saturday             NO GIG
Saturday 1       Leaside 4-7pm
Thu-Sun 6-9       Fresno Sounds of Mardi Gras, California 
Saturday 29       Leaside 4-7pm 
Saturday 28      Leaside 4-7pm 
Saturday 25     Leaside 4-7pm 
Saturday 30    Leaside 4-7pm 
Saturday 27    Leaside 4-7pm 
Saturday 25    Leaside 4-7pm 
Saturday 29    Leaside 4-7pm 
Saturday 26    Leaside 4-7pm 
Saturday 24    Leaside 4-7pm 
Saturday 2      Leaside 4-7pm 
Saturday 26    Leaside 4-7pm 

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Sunday, November 10, 2019


New Restaurant Replaces The Rose

At last the mystery is solved. The temporary sign hanging at 744 Mt. Pleasant Road promises a 'Smoke Show' Brews and BBQ restaurant to 'Open Soon'.  It's the latest in a Toronto chain of Smoke Show spots which apparently feature barbecue cooking contests as well as serving BBQ meals. 
  According to a well-informed source, the new owners intend to open December 1 and they intend to feature jazz. We'll see what transpires. 
  At least it sounds like a downhome kind of place with a more welcoming atmosphere and appealing menu, unless you're a vegan.. We'll let you know as we learn more.

Sunday, November 3, 2019

Canada's Jazz Ambassadors
California Here We Come!
February 6-9, 2020 we'll back for the umpteenth time at California's Fresno 'Sounds Of Mardi Gras', with grand bands from all over the U.S. and our old friends The Grand Dominion from Vancouver/Seattle.
  We've played at this fun festival for over 25 years. Held at the Doubletree By Hilton in downtown Fresno, events include a Mardi Gras King and Queen, Parasol Parade, Masquerade and Costume Party and a Dress-up Theme PartyAlways plenty of fun with those California ravers. 
  If you'd like to take part in this happy festival look up 'Sounds of Mardi Gras' at for more information. We'd love to see you in sunny California in February.

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Toronto Bands Take New Orleans By Storm
City's Council's 1972 Investment Pays off

Forty-seven years ago, in April 1972, Climax went to the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Fair, with Downchild Blues Band, Jim Galloway's Metro Stompers and Cliff Bastien's Camelia Jazz Band. Sponsored by the City of Toronto ($5,000) and with money raised at a concert at St. Lawrence Centre for The Performing Arts and a 13-hour marathon at Albert's Hall in Ye Olde Brunswick House -- Climax's home six-nights a week.
  Though not officially invited to the festival, we took New Orleans by storm. Friday's events were rained out, so we set up the 'Toronto To New Orleans' sign in Economy Hall at the Royal Sonesta Hotel and played alternate sets.
  Within an hour the hall was packed (word gets around quickly in New Orleans) with a very appreciative crowd dancing up a storm. The Fair's Director turned up, not pleased to see his patrons having such a good time with the Canadian bands. "They'll never appear at this festival" he declared, but in later years we certainly did, to much acclaim.
  Climax also played by the hotel's poolside at cocktail hour each day where we met musicians and jazz fans from all over North America, Europe and beyond. We also played evenings on Bourbon Street at The Esplanade Cafe, opposite Molly's Irish Pub, where Downchild found a home. Both bands had full houses, with crowds gathered on the sidewalks outside the floor-to ceiling doors. 
  All this exposure led to Climax's sell-out DC9 charters to New Orleans for many years, with official appearances at the festival, continuing gigs on Bourbon Street, and invitations to other festivals in the U.S., Europe and Japan and many cruises: Hawaii, Alaska, Panama, The Amazon and Caribbean. 
 Many thanks to the generous councillors who gave us the opportunity to show the world that Toronto deserves its title 'New Orleans Of The North'. A very worthy investment.

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Climax YouTube Videos Go Viral 

'Just A Closer Walk With Thee' with Ruby Wilson in Japan 85,541 views (October 9, 2019)
Beautifully recorded at Shinji Shumeikai International Centre in Misono Japan in 1996, Climax with the late Ruby Wilson, an audience of 12,000 and a carillon.

'She'll Be Coming Round The Mountain U.K 19,173 Views (October 9, 2019)
Climax at the top of Snake Pass in Cheshire. Posted on YouTube by Brian Towers:
  'The Scene: Somewhere in the heights of the Pennines, Northern England. A windy day in June 2007. The Action: One of the lighter moments of the Climax Jazz Band's tour of Scotland and Northern England. They have stopped in their bandwagon to admire the beautiful view (drummer Mike McCombe is absent, as he was driving separately)Bandleader/bassist Chris Daniels says 'Let's play a tune for the sheep'.
  Jamie Macpherson, Brian Towers, Dave Kosmyna, Jim Buchmann and Chris (standing from left to right) are happy to oblige, as a lively breeze whistles around their ears. No CD sales were made at this impromptu session, though a couple of cars did stop to join the sheep. Thanks to Joy Macpherson for shooting the video!' 
  The video has attracted 19,099 viewers up to July 25 2019 -- one of a vast number of Climax videos on YouTube. Look up Climax Jazz Band -- 'She'll Be Coming Round The Mountain'

Saturday, October 5, 2019