Canadian Legend George Olliver and Gangbuster Live at the Linsmore Tavern!Friday, 12 January 2018 21:30 Linsmore Tavern
Friday January 12th, the Linsmore Tavern is excited to welcome for the very first time, a Canadian Musical Legend George Olliver and Gangbuster will be performing for the very first time at the Linsmore! We are so excited to welcome this Juno Nominee, Canadian Icon known for his work with his legendary R&B Band Mandala! George Olliver is without a doubt one of Canada's most accomplished musicians who is absolutely know for his incredible live show! This is going to be a very memorable night and something that you don't want to miss! The show starts at 9pm, tickets are only $7 in advance, $10 at the door! You can buy tickets at the bar or at www.linsmoretavern.com
George Olliver is a Canadian musical institution. Audiences have been raving about his stage show for years. He has been described as a dynamic performer, great soulful voice and probably the best showman in Canada! What is often overlooked is that he is a prolific writer, producer, and successful recording artist. Olliver's career shot to stardom as the lead singer of the now legendary R&B band Mandala, with TOP TEN hits "Opportunity" and "Give and Take". Each new recording since then has been met with critical acclaim and nation-wide sales. Nicknamed "The Blue-Eyed Prince of Soul" he has remained one of the most popular performers on the Canadian music scene. George's extensive touring over the years has brought him international success, acknowledged by fans and industry critics alike. Having performed on tours with such band's as The Who, Rolling Stones and The Cream, George learned the importance of live performance. Moving on into the seventies, Olliver formed Natural Gas with the bands self-titled album charting in the TOP 10 in Canada and TOP 50 in the U.S.
In the eighties George co-owned and performed at The Bluenote in Toronto from 1982-92. During that time Quality Records (Domenic Troiano producing) recorded George Olliver and Gangbuster - LIVE @ THE BLUENOTE, an amazing live album, featuring him and his band Gangbuster and special guests. It was one of the finest live records made in Canada up to that point. In the middle of his run at the club, he recorded his first studio solo album Dream Girl which brought him a Juno nomination for best R&B album. As well George was able to book and perform with some of his idols such as Wilson Pickett, Etta James, Sam and Dave and Martha Reeves. "Whitney Houston broke her first album at the Bluenote in 1985 when no one had heard of her yet!" says Olliver. "I've got hours of live recordings to be released from the Bluenote that is timeless. "Now a devoted father of 3 (two sons and daughter) and with a renewed faith in God, Olliver is back performing and recording his brand of "white hot soul" which has become part of what's called the Toronto Sound.
GEORGE OLLIVER is celebrating over 3 decades as a professional Canadian recording artist/writer/producer. He has had several Canadian hit records as lead singer for the legendary " MANDALA", "GEO.OLLIVER & NATURAL GAS" and George Olliver as a SOLO ARTIST. He's also a JUNO NOMINEEE and was music director and house band for Toronto's no.1 r&b/concert niteclub of the early 90's - "CLUB BLUENOTE". George has won "ALBUM OF THE YEAR".07 for Durham Region and a MAJA AWARD for "Gospel Song of the Year".08 from his new CD "Look Up". He's known as Canada's finest entertainer and has opened for "THE ROLLING STONES", worked along side of famous classic r&b/blues artists such as, , "JUNIOR WALKER", "WHITNEY HOUSTON", "ETTA JAMES", WILSON PICKETT" andMARTHA REEVES to name a few. His current concert/festival and recording band, "GEORGE OLLIVER & GANGBUSTER" (which was born at George's "Club Bluenote" in the 80s and has recently been recognized by Heritage Toronto and Mayor John Tory with a plaque on Yonge St.), is the hottest r&b/blues band in Toronto right now. His classic hit recording band THE MANDALA has just been honoured by the city of Toronto on a 23 story mural at Gerrard and Yonge. George has performed for many of the major companies across Canada like, "TIM HORTONS", "TORONTO DOMINIO BANK"," Royal Bank", "MCDONALDS", BLUE MT. RESORTS "Remax Realty and so on. He's also played many of the major Festivals in Ontario - ."BEACHES INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL, OSHAWA RIB FESTIVAL", "TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL", CASINO NIAGARA, SOUTHSIDE SHUFFLE, JAZZ ON THE BAY, TORONTO RIB FESTIVAL, MISSISSAUGA RIB FEST, CHUMS 50TH ANNIV. with GORDON LITEFOOT (Nathan Philips Squ.). TASTE OF THE LAWRENCE FESTIVAL and many more. The band has performed at a blockbuster New Years Clelebration/06 at CASINO RAMA in Orillia, On., pe-empting the last Canadian appearance of the late King of Soul, MR. JAMES BROWN. George has just recently headlined at ONTARIO PLACE, THE OPERA HOUSE, THE CANADIAN NATIONAL EXHIBITION MIDWAY STAGE and was currently featured revisiting his exploits as lead singer of the the lengendary Canadian rock/r&b group "MANDALA" on the CBC TV SUPER SPECIAL "Shakin All Over", which has aired an unprecedented 10 times Canada-wide since Jan.07 because of popular demand. ROGERS TV in DURHAM REGION has aired a TV special on George's career on their top rated show, "ONE ON ONE" which has aired continuously since /06.
Recently, the BRAVO CHANNEL featured George in the Epic Canadian TV documentary - "YONGE ST. Rockn' Roll Stories"!
Here's what Neil Young has to say about vetran Can. r&b Recording Artist George Olliver in his lastest 2012 book "Waging Heavy Peace" P.68)............."George Olliver, a fantasic vocalist. Wow!"
"I've known George for years and he was and STILL is
the hardest workin' man in the business!"
-- rockabilly legend Ronnie Hawkins
George has just recently performed at The Sony Centre with Jan Arden and Andy Kim..
George Olliver's "Club Bluenote" of the early 90s has recently been recognized by Heritage Toronto and Mayor John Tory with a plaque on Yonge St.), George's classic hit recording band THE MANDALA has just been honoured by the Downtown Yonge St. BIA on a 23 story mural at Gerrard and Yonge!