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 6, 2018

A booking SNAFU means the Briton House concert will now be on Thursday November 22, 6.30-7.30pm. Sorry -- just heard about this Monday afternoon 
  Join Climax in the garden on the second floor at Briton House, Mt, Pleasant/Soudan Thursday November 22 6.30-7.30pm with our special guest Dorothy Rose. We'll be playing lively music in the gazebo, with lots of seats among the trees, shrubs and bird cages. Everyone's welcome to hear the music and take a look at this amazing retirement home. 

Happy Reunion At Mount Pleasant Rose 
Climax With Chick'N'Deli Faithful
Happy smiles, hugs and kisses as Climax reunited with Chick'N'Deli regulars Sunday November 4 at the new Mount Pleasant Rose at 744 Mt. Pleasant Road. All the tables were taken and the stand-up bar busy. New owner Bernie Duff welcomed the crowd, daughter Megan ran the bar with Jordan and Tom. The kitchen was a hive of activity, turning out popular Shepherd's pie, wings and salads. And the band was rocking.
  Climaxers Chris Robinson, reeds, Al Cox trumpet, Manfred Koch trombone, Jack Vincken banjo, Jamie Aug drums and Chris Daniels bass were in fine fettle, while special guest 96-year young Dorothy Rose brought the house down with her vivacious versions of Second Hand Rose, Some Of These Days, We'll Meet Again, Bill Bailey and other favorites. 
  As befitting the upcoming 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War, seasoned balladeer Klaas van Graaf sang the peace movement's anthem Last Night I Had The Strangest Dream I'd Ever Dreamed Before (I dreamed the world had all agreed to put an end to war), written by his good friend, Canadian Ed McCurdy in 1950. The sound was good -- not too loud and crystal clear, while there was plenty of room for dancing.
  At the end, everyone was asking whether Climax would be back again. Bernie said he'd size up the takings and see if it would be feasible. He's reluctant to put on a cover charge. Meanwhile, as another reminder of the good old days, after the music finished, one crowd of happy women put on their own lusty impromptu concert... Happy days indeed.

Jazzin' At The Leaside
Climax Back Saturday November 17
Looking forward to another grand session at The Leaside Pub, 190 Laird Drive, Saturday November 17 4-7pm. We'll feature our usual repertoire of traditional jazz favorites, blues, ragtime, spirituals and Latin. Forces' Sweetheart 96-year young Dorothy Rose will sing popular songs of The Great War and the  twenties and thirties.
  Host Param, bartender Brad and charming servers Dee, Bianca and Trish will cater to your every beck and call and the chefs will supply nutritious, delicious delights to satisfy your appetites. Coupled with warm surroundings, friends greeting friends and happy music, what better fashion to while a Saturday afternoon away? See you there.


'Music For All Occasions'

To hire Climax for your event call Chris Daniels 416-483-6345

Saturday 17            The Leaside Pub 4-7pm 416-467-8682

Thursday 22              Briton House, Mt. Pleasant and Soudan 
                                   Open House 6.30pm-7.30pm, with Dorothy Rose
Saturday 29            The Leaside Pub 4-7pm 416-467-8682

Saturday 26            The Leaside Pub 4-7pm
Thu-Sun 7-10          Sounds Of Mardi Gras
                                   Fresno California
Saturday 23            The Leaside Pub 4-7pm
Sunday 17               Sticky Fingers, Barrie 2-5pm
Saturday 30            The Leaside Pub 4-7pm
Saturday 27            The Leaside Pub 4-7pm
Saturday 25            The Leaside Pub 4-7pm
Saturday 29            The Leaside Pub 4-7pm

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Friday, September 21, 2018

The Climax Jazz Band
47 Years Old -- Still Going Strong
Climax was formed in February 1971, answered a Toronto Star ad: 'Wanted, Fun Pub Band, phone Albert' and were the house band at Albert's Hall, Ye Olde Brunswick House, six nights a week from May 1971 until September 1974. We opened DJ's Tavern in the new Ontario Hydro building in 1975 and played six nights a week, reducing to three nights until the late 1980s. Special guests joined us at DJ's, including The Dutch Swing College Band, The World's Greatest Jazz Band, George Melly, Jimmy McPartland, Herb Hall, Kenny Davern and other well-known jazz stars.
Climax also performed every Saturday afternoon 3-6pm at Malloney's Studio from 1973 until 1983 moving to The Chick'N'Deli Saturdays 4-7pm until 2015 and continuing usually the last Saturday of each month at The Leaside Pub Saturdays 4-7pm into 2018.
Climax operated annual charter flights to the New Orleans Jazz And Heritage Fair in the seventies and eighties and has appeared at numerous festivals across the United States and Canada, The Netherlands, Germany, England, Scotland and Japan.
We opened for Benny Goodman at Massey Hall in 1973, at fund raisers for the Canadian Opera Company, the National Ballet Company, election campaign events for Pierre Trudeau, Bill Davies -- all the political parties except Social Credit and Reform. We performed for inmates at The Don Jail a couple of times, and at events for corporations and charitable organizations.
We've performed on numerous jazz cruises to the Caribbean, up the Amazon, to Hawaii, Mexico and through the Panama Canal.
Climax has recorded over 40 LPs, cassettes, CDs and videos and received awards. You can hear and see Climax on over two hundred videos on UTube. The band was featured on many of The Peter Appleyard Presents T.V. shows, with star guests Herb Hall, Turk Murphy, Kenny Davern, Carol Leigh, Joe 'Cornbread' Thomas and many more.  

'She'll Be Coming Round The Mountain'
Climax's U.K. Video has 18,000 Views
Recorded at the top of Snake Pass in the Pennines (the backbone of England) which separates Yorkshire from Cheshire, the video has had over 18,000 views. Climax were on their way to Chris Daniels' home town Poynton in Cheshire, part of their 2007 Northern England and Scotland tour. The view was too good to miss, so we jumped out of the van and played as the strong wind blew in from Cheshire. As you can tell on You Tube, the lads were enjoying themselves: Jamie Macpherson, Brian Towers, Dave Kosmyna, Jim Buchmann and Chris Daniels. Happy times. (Just look up Climax Jazz Band)


Climax's British style traditional jazz, rooted in new Orleans,nurtured in pubs and clubs, gets the audience involved. Outstanding musicianship, great humour, a wondrous variety of tunes for listening and dancing. Knocks your socks off!

Climax is a six-piece: clarinet, cornet/vocals, trombone/vocals, banjo, drums, double bass/vocals.
British style traditional jazz: marches, blues, spirituals, rags, latin, popular songs.
Founded: Toronto February 1971
Steady engagements: 1971-1974: Albert's Hall, Ye Olde Brunswick House
1974-1975: The Chimney, The Forge
1975-1982: DJ's Tavern
matinées: 1973-1983: Malloney's Studio
1983-2014: Chick'N'Deli (SEVEN44)
2014-2015: alleycatz
2015 -present    The Leaside Pub

Helped pioneer Toronto's Saturday matinée scene
Organized Charter  flights to New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival: 1973-82
Organized Trillium Moonlight Jazz Cruises on Lake Ontario: 70s-80s
Organized New Orleans Dance Nights for TD-Toronto Downtown Jazz Festival: 2001-2007

Kyoto (twice),  U.K., Edinburgh Scotland ,  The Netherlands. Kirkcudbright Scotland, New Orleans, Toronto,  Medford, Camden, Montreal, Sacramento, Fresno, Elkhart, Wawasee, Indianapolis IN, Olympia, Ottawa, San Diego, Washington, San Francisco, Edmonton, Boston, Three Rivers CA, Chattanooga, Saskatoon, Los Angeles, St. Louis, Vancouver, San Francisco, Chicago, Victoria, Pismo Beach CA, Denver, Brantford, Eureka, Port Angeles, , Oakville,Seaside, Seattle, Penticton, Syracuse, Flint , Germany, Belleville, Madison, Breckenbridge, Kingston, Charleston S.C., Central City  CA, Thunder Bay, Indian Wells, Palm Springs, Hamilton, Friday Harbor WA, Holland MI

Caribbean (many), The Amazon (2) Mexico (many) Bermuda, Alaska (2), Antilles (many), Hawaii, Panama Canal (3)

Climax has performed with many outstanding guest musicians including: Oscar Peterson, Turk Murphy, Herb Hall, Wingy Manone, Kenny Davern, Mr. Acker Bilk, Humphrey Lyttelton, Bob Wilbur, Monty Sunshine, Graeme Bell, Phil Harris, George Segal, George Melly and Carol Leigh and shared gigs with The Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey Bands, The Dutch Swing College, The World's Greatest Jazz Band and Bob Barnard's Australian Jazz Band. 

Climax has made over 30 recordings with more than 250 different tunes including:
The Entertainers (for the Canadian Talent Library), Direct To Disk (15,000 sold worldwide),
Konnichiwa! Japan and Konnichiwa ll (live in Japan) and Toronto To New Orleans
and all the girls go crazy (Canadian Collectors' Congress Award Winners).

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Toronto Bands Take New Orleans By Storm
City's Council's Investment Pays off
Forty-Six years ago, April 1972 Climax, were in New Orleans for the 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 12-hour marathon at Ye Olde Brunswick House. 
Though not officially invited to play at the festival, we took New Orleans by storm, with a packed Friday session in Economy Hall at the Royal Sonesta Hotel when the official opening at the Fairgrounds was cancelled, and cocktail hour sessions at the hotel's pool. Each of the bands found a pub to play at on Bourbon Street to greatly appreciative audiences. The Climax  line-up was Juergen Hesse, Bob Erwig, Bruce Bakewell, Craig Barrett, Geoff Holmes and Chris Daniels.
This led to Climax DC9 charters to the festival many years afterwards, with official appearances at the festival and continuing gigs on Bourbon Street, and to invitations to other festivals in the U.S. and Europe. 

Saturday, June 30, 2018

The Leaside Pub
A Lot Of History
The building dates back to the early1900s at the edge of the Leaside Aerodrome, where First World War RAF pilots were trained on the Canadian-built version of the Curtis Jenny (JEN4). After the war many of these two-seater planes became barn-burners providing joy rides at shows and fairs across North America.
Canada's first air mail was flown from Montreal to Leaside Aerodrome by an RAF Jenny on June 24, 2018. The flight took six hours because of two refuelling stops and a heavy load -- not just of the mail, but cases of Old Mull Scotch concealed in the hold (a well-kept secret for many years). The pilots had promised to bring back something for a wedding -- Toronto was dry but Montreal was wet.
The Leaside pub was a Canadian Bank of Commerce branch in the 1920s -- the Vault is still there, with its gold doors, installed in 1922 at the west end, behind the band.