Dorothy Rose's Birthday PartyThe Leaside Pub Saturday July 29
A very special day for all of us at The Leaside Pub Saturday July 29. We'll be celebrating Dorothy Rose's 95th Birthday, with lots of fun and games and laughter. And of course featuring Dorothy, Canada's Forces' Sweetheart, singing some good old songs as tunefully as ever. For reservations call Param at 416.487.8682. A chance to win your tab as of six o'clock at the six o'clock draw. Dorothy doesn't want any presents or cake. Just a thought -- wouldn't it be luvverly if everyone brought just one red rose for Dorothy. Also invited: John Tory, Premier Kathleen Wynne, Bob Oliphant M.P., Health Minister Eric Hoskins, Aboriginal Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett and Councillor John Burnside.
Climax At The Port Union Library
Sunday July 16
As always we had a fine time at the free Port Union Concert July 16. We performed in the meeting hall, avoiding the showers, to an enthusiastic audience, including some very young music lovers. Refreshments provided by the ladies from the retirement home hit the spot, especially the delicious home-made date squares. About a hundred people turned up despite the weather, some hopefully carrying their folding chairs, just in case the event could be held in the beautiful community centre garden. A very happy occasion -- we hope we can do it again.
Plaudits for Climax in Indiana
Elkhart Jazz Festival June 23-25
Climax's first appearance at the prestigious Elkhart, Indiana Festival, alongside some heavy duty jazz bands and musicians was a great success. Lots of compliments on our 'New Orleans' style, vitality, humour and of course musicianship. An outstanding weekend -- we hope to be invited back next year.
Elkhart is near the south bend of Lake Michigan, just south of Kalamazoo and north of Wabash (famous for its Cannonball) and Wabash Blues). Climax had our own all-star group: Ray Heitger clarinet, leader of the veteran Toledo Cakewalking Jazz Band, Dave Kosmyna cornet, Music Professor, Ohio Northern University, Ada, Tom Richards trombone, Berklee School of Music graduate and leader of several Toronto groups, Andy Mac banjo, leader of Les Petits Nouveaux, a Django Reinhart themed band, Jon Foster drums, who plays with a variety of world travelling bands and Climax founder Chris Daniels bass.
SEVEN44 Closed Down
Former Chick'n'Deli Insolvent
Not unexpected, but finally the bailiffs have closed SEVEN44 (previously People's Chicken, before that the Chick'n'Deli). Pro Bailiff of Thornhill posted a notice on the door dated April 30 which states the tenants had not paid the rent. This after SEVEN44 had closed down for 10 days 'for repairs'. Climax Jazz Band helped re-launch The Chick'n'Deli in February 1983 after a fire closed it for several months. We played some full weekly engagements (breaking the bar sales record) as well as every Saturday afternoon. Our Saturday matinées continued after Jack Brewer died and again after Kathleen Brewer relinquished the building. When it re-opened as People's Chicken and then SEVEN44 we stayed on until 2015 when we moved to the Bow and Arrow, Scruffy Murphy's, then to alleycatz and eventually to The Leaside Pub once or twice a month. We'll be at The Leaside Saturday May 20 4-7pm. Maybe someone will reopen SEVEN44 as a jazz club -- fond hope. Meanwhile let's all support the other jazz venues.
We have great memories of our time at The Chick'n'Deli thanks to the friends we made and the support of Jack and Kathleen Brewer. It was the spot to go in Toronto for fine jazz, fantastic wings, good service and always a happy atmosphere. Everyone knew where and what it was. Well almost.. When visitors who had heard Climax at festivals arrived from the U.S. to visit their daughter who was studying here they couldn't remember the name of the place. But they did remember we'd mentioned it was dead opposite the Newbigging Funeral Home (now also gone). So they phoned Newbigging and asked the receptionist if there was a place across the street that had Climax on Saturday afternoons. She put the phone down, ran across Mt. Pleasant and back to tell them yep. They had a ball that afternoon -- everyone as usual greeted our guests from far away with courtesy and warmth.