The Gary Kendall Band Live at the Linsmore Tavern!

On Saturday July 23rd, the Linsmore Tavern is so excited to welcome for the very first time, The Gary Kendall Band! This show has been years in the making, as we have been trying to secure a date with legendary Bluesman Gary Kendall and finally we have found one that is open from his busy touring schedule! As one of the members of Downchild Blues Band, Gary Kendall has done it all in the music business! An 8 time award winner of the Maple Blues Award for Best Blues Bassiest, Gary's creditentials also include a Juno award in 2014! This is going to be quite a show and a night that you won't forget!

Everyone knows Gary Kendall as oft-elected Maple Blues’ Bassist of the Year, blues man about town and keeper of the bottom end for Downchild. But Gary’s alter ego is found in his much beloved Gary Kendall Band – a band in which each carefully selected player is equal and accountable. Formed in 2005, Gary reached out to some of Toronto’s best musicians to create a turn-on-a-dime squad of blues marauders to build a loyal following for their own brand of music –and for doing exactly what they like to on any given night – play the blues.  

The chemistry found between Gary Kendall (bass/lead vocals/songwriter), Tyler Burgess (drums/vocals/harmonica), Darran Poole (guitar/vocals) and Wayne “Shakey” Dagenais (piano/organ/percussion/vocals) is beyond formidable. This spirited foursome plays together relentlessly and have so much fun at it, one’s never entirely sure what to expect – and that live spontaneity is exactly what the blues has been needing for a long time.

With a two CD catalogue (Dusty & Pearl, Feels Real Strong) and downloadable singles (“This Sacred Ground & Sumlin Around”) to draw from, Kendall & Co. mix it up and dish it out with every performance, playing to blues-savvy crowds drawn to a groove they already know never quits. The current GKB show also features a tribute to The Kendall Wall Band by performing a few selections from the “That Way We Was” recording.

Think about it – with this talent pool– the possibilities are endless, and all of them good.

The quality of the music on any given night with the Gary Kendall Band is a given. It’s a fresh, impassioned outlet for four talented musicians clearly inspired by their collective love of the music business. This is a true band who conspire to write their own music, arrange, play and sing it they way they like it – and it’s a guaranteed “Real Good Night” in any live setting. Experience counts for something. The Gary Kendall Band counts for more than that.

The show starts at 9:30pm, there will be a $5 cover charge at the door! There have been so many requests to see The Gary Kendall Band over the years, so come and check out this truly talented band!

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Blues Sunday in July Featuring Johnny Cox!

Sunday July 24th, the Linsmore Tavern is excited to welcome back, one of Canada's top Blues musician and guitarist's Johnny Cox, part of our Blues Sunday series! Johnny Cox is a welcome addition to our regular monthly rotation and now you can see him every 4th Sunday of the month at the Linsmore Tavern! Johnny Cox has some serious chops and has played the past two months part of the Linsmore Tavern's Blues Sunday series! There has been an overwhelming amount of positive feedback, as people just love his music! If you have not seen him before, make sure you get out to see him! One of the top Blues guitarist's, Johnny Cox is definitely one ot the top Blues shows out there!

The Linsmore Tavern is the best place in the city for Blues on Sunday evening and we are definitely bringing in a band that lives up to this billing! Every 4th Sunday of the month, come on out and listen to some really great blues, by an incredible Blues Songwriter, Musician and guitar player, Johnny Cox! No Cover, the show starts at 6pm!

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Chris Staig and the Marquee Players Rock the Linsmore Tavern!!

Thursday July 28th, the Linsmore Tavern is extremely excited to welcome for the very first time the super talented Chris Staig And The Marquee Players! Not very often does Chris Staig cross the Don Valley for an East End show, so come out and check out this talented original artist and show him how the East End Rocks! Chris Staig is a throwback to old Rock 'n' Roll with influences from such bands as Buddy Holly, Chuck Berry, Beatles, Stones, Dylan, Gram Parsons, Ray Price, Uncle Tupelo, Harold Dorman

Chris Staig has won praises for his solo recordings, and for his work with other performers. He used to play guitar for a bagpipe funk band called Taxi Chain, way back in the mid nineties when one could play 3 nights a week in bars and not starve. Even if there was a bagpiper in your band.

He has made 4 solo CDs he's proud of. Deeper We'll Dream (2000) caused Kurt Swinghammer to call Staig "surprise local discovery of the year" and The Toronto Sun to call him "a song writing Charles Atlas". Songwriter Jonathan Seet best summed up Staig's second CD, Death of Romance, as "damn f**** straight, man". All four discs have received commercial, campus and CBC radio play. Is probably the only songwriter who will have his work covered and recorded by both power pop cynic Dan Bryk ("Honest Love") and Canadian novelty song act The Arrogant Worms ("Buy a Bottle of Booze")

2008 saw the recording of Staig's most recent CD titled "Mary". "Mary" features 12 outstanding songs with tremendous performances by Staig's band. The CD also features a duet with famed Canadian vocalist Oh Susanna, and keyboard contributions from Jack Breakfast and Mike Johnston (Skydiggers). Produced by Joe Dunphy (Skydiggers, By Divine Right) the CD was released in early 2009. 2009 also saw Staig take the lead guitar spot on the album "Gentrify You" by Jimmy Byron and partake in riotous shows with Jimmy at the Dakota Tavern in Toronto.

Chris Staig's current band for live performances, The Marquee Players, consists of Stephen O'Toole on the bass, Shelley Coopersmith on violin and mandolin, and Ian MacKay on the drums. Come see us at one of our many monthly shows in Toronto and around Ontario. A fifth disc, or possibly a first LP is in the cards for 2014! 

This is going to be a great night of music, so come check out this talented original Indie artist! The show starts at 8:30pm, No Cover!

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Russ Macklem's Quintet, Jazz Jam back in July at the Linsmore Tavern!

Russ Macklem and his Jazz Quintet return for another evening of incredible jazz and an opportunity to Jam with some of Canada's best jazz musicians! This night is rolling and getting better every month! Thursday July 21st at 8pm, come check out this incredible quartet and if you are a musician, join in on the festivities, because it's going to be fun!

Russ Macklem will be bringing in his ALL-STAR line-up of musicians, so come out and see some of Toronto's best jazz musicians! If you are a fan of jazz, you got to come out to see these guys play. For any musicians out there, bring an instrument and join in on the fun! This is truly an amazing night and something you want to be a part of! The show starts at 8pm, no cover!! 

Russ Macklem::Trumpet
Nick Morgan::alto saxophone
Adrean Farrugia::piano
Brian Chahley::bass
Frank Botos::drums

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