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

Friday, February 21, 2020

Triumphant Return To Smoke Show (Chick'N'Deli)
Climax Booked Second Saturday Every Month, 3-6pm

After a rollicking successful matinée Saturday February 15 at Smoke Show (once-upon-a-time The Chick'N'Deli), Climax has been booked (with Chanteuse Dorothy Rose) for the second Saturday of every month from March 14.
Owner John Ciampino, also owner of alleycatz, has remodelled the room in style, with more open higher tables and seating, brick wall on the north side, the long bar intact and a bigger stage. Dorothy complimented John on the Ladies washroom, with its fresh flowers and boxed tissues (a nice touch by John's missus). There's even a pool table next to the enlarged kitchen. The pulled pork and chicken wings were favorites, as were the fresh fries and salads.
Despite the cold weather and limited publicity we had a respectable crowd of about 80 people February 15. We hope we'll fill the 120 seats comfortably in the months to come. Everyone was quite happy to pay the $5 entry fee, supporting the musicians with a large proportion of their pay.
So do come along, meet your old friends and make new ones March 14 -- remember it's 3-6pm, to give sufficient time for the staff to prepare for the supper crowd and the band which comes on at 10pm on Saturdays t set up. See you there. Ciao!
Reservations: phone 416.901.7469  e-mail info@smokeshowbbqandbrew.com 


Thursday, February 20, 2020

Climax YouTube Views Rocket
There are hundreds of Climax videos on YouTube, from festivals, cruises, T.V. shows etc. You could spend days and nights watching them.
Two of the most amazing are the beautifully recorded Climax in Japan with Ruby Wilson 'Just A Closer Walk With Thee' which had been viewed 87,041 times as of February 18, and She'll Be Coming Round The Mountain, filmed on the Cheshire/Lancasher border in England, viewed by 19,335. Take a peek. 
Just heard (Feb. 20) that two videos filmed by Fred Harshbarger in Fresno February 8 have been viewed by 115 viewers (Just A Closer Walk) and 85 viewers (Bogalusa Strut). Beautifully done as ususal. Wonderful solo by John Otto on Closer Walk. Check it out.

Sunday, February 16, 2020

The New Beginning
As you can see from above, Climax is back at 744 Mt. Pleasant, once the Chick'N'Deli, now Smoke Show. We've had an intriguing relationship with this iconic entertainment spot since 1983. Read on... (The Newbegging Funeral Home, dead opposite, has disappeared, making way for condos).

Exciting Times At The Chick'N'Deli
'Paul Rimstead (journalist, drummer: Editor's note) told me I should book Climax eight days a week' said co-owner Louis Nemis when he called us at the recording studio in January 1983. The Chick'N'Deli was reopening after a fire. 
  After our start six nights a week in May 1971--September 1974 at Albert's Hall upstairs at Ye Olde Brunswick House,  Climax eventually took up residence six nights a week at DJ's Tavern in the brand new Ontario Hydro Headquarters at University and College until the late seventies.
 In 1983 we were also in our 10th year of Saturday matinées at Malloney's Studio, opposite the Women's College Hospital. The place had morphed into a gay bar and we were thinking of moving. So we agreed to a very generous deal, mailed our fans and started when the Deli re-opened February 1983.
     Jack and Kathleen Brewer became the full owners in 1984 when Louis left to open St. Louis -- now a province-wide franchise operation. When Jack died around 2010 Kathleen continued, but gave up the business in 2015. 
  New owners took over, in turn calling it People's Chicken, SEVEN44 and Mount Pleasant Rose, which eventually ended in bankruptcy. 
  During its haydays, the old Deli was wildly popular. You could get into a cab at Union Station or Pearson Airport, say 'Chick'N'Deli' and the cab driver knew exactly where to take you. Hockey players, politicians, journalists, film stars rubbed shoulders with locals and out-of-towners. Everyone has their own fine memories of those days. 


Climax Jazz Band Schedule 2020

FEBRUARY
Saturday  29    Leaside Pub 4-7pm 
                        190 Laird Drive
MARCH 
Saturday 14     Smoke Show 3-6pm 
                        744 Mt. Pleasant
Saturday 28 Leaside Pub 4-7pm
APRIL
Saturday 11    Smoke Show3-6pm
Saturday 25 Leaside Pub 4-7pm
MAY
Saturday   9   Smoke Show 3-6pm
Saturday 30 Leaside Pub 4-7pm
JUNE
Saturday 13   Smoke Show 3-6pm
Saturday 27 Leaside Pub 4-7pm
JULY
Saturday 11   Smoke Show 3-6pm
Saturday 25 Leaside Pub 4-7pm
AUGUST
Saturday   8   Smoke Show 3-6pm
Saturday 29 Leaside Pub 4-7pm
SEPTEMBER
Saturday 12   Smoke Show 3-6pm
Saturday 26 Leaside Pub 4-7pm
OCTOBER 
Saturday 10   Smoke Show 3-6pm
Saturday 31 Leaside Pub 4-7pm
NOVEMBER 
Saturday 14   Smoke Show 3-6pm
Saturday 28  Leaside Pub 4-7pm 
DECEMBER
Saturday 12   Smoke Show 3-6pm
Saturday 26  Leaside Pub 4-7pm



Exciting Times At The Chick'N'Deli
'Paul Rimstead (journalist, drummer: Editor's note) told me I should book Climax eight days a week' said co-owner Louis Nemis when he called us at the recording studio in January 1983. The Chick'N'Deli was reopening after a fire. 
  After our start six nights a week in May 1971--September 1974 at Albert's Hall upstairs at Ye Olde Brunswick House,  Climax eventually took up residence six nights a week at DJ's Tavern in the brand new Ontario Hydro Headquarters at University and College until the late seventies.
 In 1983 we were in our 10th year of Saturday matinées at Malloney's Studio, opposite the Women's College Hospital. The place had morphed into a gay bar and we were thinking of moving. So we agreed to a very generous deal, mailed our fans and started the week the Deli re-opened in February 1983.
     Jack and Kathleen Brewer became the full owners in 1984 when Louis left to open St. Louis -- now a province-wide franchise operation. When Jack died around 2010 Kathleen continued, but gave up the business in 2015. 
  New owners took over, in turn calling it People's Chicken, SEVEN44 and Mount Pleasant Rose, which eventually ended in bankruptcy. 
  During its heydays, the old Deli was wildly popular. You could get into a cab at Union Station or Pearson Airport, say 'Chick'N'Deli' and the cab driver knew exactly where to take you. Hockey players, politicians, journalists, film stars rubbed shoulders with locals and out-of-towners. Everyone has their own fine memories of those days. 


Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Fresno 'Sounds Of Mardi Gras' - Joyful Celebration
California Gives Climax a Warm Welcome

We always have a grand time at Fresno, California's 'Sounds Of Mardi Gras'. Four days of fun and games, sixteen bands, a good variety of Southern music, theme parades, dancing. And sunshine!
Climax played nine sets in three locations in the luxurious Hilton Doubletree Hotel in downtown Fresno to very appreciative, lively audiences. Our heartfelt thanks to Linda and Alfredo Shippe, the committe and volunteers for their hard work, making us feel right at home at the gateway to the Sequoias.
Fresno is a hub for north/south freight and passenger trains which travel right through downtown, with the their mournful call echoing night and day. 
We've been invited back again for next year's festival -- our 25th of more year. Can't wait....  

Monday, February 10, 2020



Climax Leap in with Sadie Hawkins
Leaside Saturday February 29, 4-7pm

We're pleased as punch that Param and Leaside Pub have booked us for a Saturday every month in 2020, usually the last Saturday. See you on Sadie Hawkins Day, Saturday February 29, 4-7pm. Don't forget to reserve: 416.467.8682  param@leasidepub.com

2020 LEASIDE DATES    
February 29, March 28, April 25, May 30, June 27, July 25, August 29, September 26, October 31, November 28, December 26.

Friday, January 31, 2020


Climax 49 And Kicking in 2020
Brunswick, Malloneys, DJ's Tavern, Chick'N'Deli, Leaside, Smoke Show
'Tempus fugit'. Another year in the life.. Climax was conceived in February 1971. Amazingly we've survived trials and tribulations which floor many bands. Some of the original six band members have gone to the big jam session in the sky and later members retired and replaced. 
   Current regulars are Chris Daniels, who got the band started with Ms. Bass, Jack Vincken, banjo who joined in 1974 and Jamie Aug, drums who joined in the late eighties.
  For festivals, such as the Fresno, California Sounds Of Mardi Gras February 6-9 we're joined by Professor Dave Kosmyna from Toledo on cornet, Tom Richards, Toronto trombone and Chicago's John Otto clarinet. For monthly Leaside Pub sessions we're lucky to have a variety of fine musicians to call on, 
  We're very pleased that Param and Leaside Pub have booked us, usually for the last Saturday of every month in 2020. Thanks for joining the party. See you on Saturday February 29 4-7pm. Don't forget to reserve: 416.467.8682  param@leasidepub.com