Full House For Climax

Full House For Climax
The Leaside Pub, 190 Laird Drive

Wings Over Leaside: WW1 Sopwith 1 1/2 Strutter

Wings Over Leaside: WW1 Sopwith 1 1/2 Strutter
Over The Leaside Pub June 30

Wings Over Leaside: June 30

Wings Over Leaside: June 30
Fine Photos By Dave Sargant, Great War Flying Museum

1,000 Feet Over Leaside

1,000 Feet Over Leaside
June 30

Opposite The Aerodrome Since 1918

Opposite The Aerodrome Since 1918
Fine Photos Thanks To Bill Symmons

Dating Back To 1918

Dating Back To 1918
A Lot Of History At The Leaside Pub

Jazz On A Summer's Evening

Jazz On A Summer's Evening
Beautiful Photos Thanks to Enriqué Ligurnsky

Tuesday, September 11, 2018


Saturday 15            Brantford International Jazz Festival 12.30-1.20pm
Saturday 22            Prague Restaurant Czech Octoberfest
                                 450 Scarborough Golf Club Road 8-11pm 416-289-0283
Saturday 29            The Leaside Pub 4-7pm
                                 190 Laird Drive 416-467-8682
Saturday 20            The Leaside Pub 4-7pm
Saturday 17            The Leaside Pub 4-7pm
Saturday 29            The Leaside Pub 4-7pm
Thu-Sun 7-10          Sounds Of Mardi Gras
                                 Fresno California

Saturday, August 4, 2018

From Wawasee Indiana to Brantford Ontario
Brantford International Jazz Festival Saturday Sept. 15
Straight from the First Annual Wawasee Jazz Party, Climax barrels in for the Brantford International Jazz Festival Saturday September 15. We'll be at the Colborne Street Stage 12.30pm - 1.20pm. 

Prague Restaurant Czech Octoberfest
Saturday September 22, 7pm-midnight
Climax perform 8-11pm at this authentic Czech restaurant for a special Octoberfest celebration, 450 Scarborough Golf Club Road: reservations  416-289-0283.

California Here We Come Feb. 2019
Bons Temps At Fresno's Mardi Gras
Come and join us at the glorious Sounds of Mardi Gras, February 9-12, 2019. The Fresno Dixieland Society certainly knows how to throw a wild party. Climax have performed at the festival since it began in 1984 and it's our favorite for good times and good music.
The luxurious DoubleTree By Hilton is right downtown, with all five venues in the hotel and adjacent Conference Center. The Doubletree is sold out but the La Quinta nearby has rooms with breakfast for reasonable prices.
  It's an unabashed traditional jazz festival, with fine bands including Climax, High Sierra, Grand Dominion, Blue Street, Bob Schulz's Frisco Jazz Band, Devil Mountain, Cell Block Seven and Tom Rigney's Flambeau Cajun Band, as well as other local bands and youth bands.
   They celebrate the Mardi Gras with Parasol and Masquerade/Costume Parades, a Swing Dance, Crowning of the Mardi Gras King and Queen, a Gospel Set and Wind Down Dinner And Dance. 
   We do hope you can join in the happy times in Fresno, the country of Redwoods, raisins and almonds and great music. For more information: www.fresnodixie.com

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.

Friday, June 1, 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. 

Tuesday, April 10, 2018


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

Toronto, New Orleans, Medford, Camden, Montreal, Sacramento, Fresno, Elkhart IN, Indianapolis, Olympia, Ottawa, San Diego, Washington,
San Francisco, Edmonton, Boston, Three Rivers CA, Chattanooga, Saskatoon, Los Angeles, St. Louis, Edinburgh, Vancouver, San Francisco, Chicago,
Kirkcudbright, Victoria, Pismo Beach CA, Denver, The Netherlands. Brantford, Eureka, Port Angeles, Kyoto (twice), Oakville, Seaside, Seattle, U.K., 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).

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Take A Trip Down The Tube
250+ Climax Videos From All Over
Relive with us cruises and tours to exotic places, festivals, concerts, television shows with jazz greats -- we've got the lot. Climax has over 250 videos on You Tube, many of them posted by Bob Erwig from his vast collection of blasts from his 25 years as cornet player with the band. From Japan to California, Florida to Arizona, The Peter Appleyard series from Albert's Hall at Ye Olde Brunswick House, Panama to Alaska and the Caribbean. Take a peek! Just Google Climax Jazz Band and stock on beer and snacks. Also, there's a huge library of photos old and new to be seen on You Tube to keep you busy. Just don't get lost down Memory Lane!

Sunday, February 25, 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)