The Elton Joan Band Tribute to Elton John Live at the Linsmore Tavern!

June 17, 2022 9:30 pm - 11:59 pm
Friday  June 17th, we cannot wait to welcome for the first time in a long time, The Elton Joan Band and their Tribute to the Legendary Elton John Live at the Linsmore Tavern (1298 Danforth Ave)! The Elton Joan Band have played a couple of great shows over the years at the Linsmore and we can’t wait to bring them back for another one! Featuring some of Canada’s best musicians including Joan Marshall, we are in for an extremely fun night! There will be two sets of Elton John and a 3rd set which will consist of all of your favourite piano driven ROCK , POP and SOUL artists from the 1970s such as Billy Joel , Fleetwood Mac, Supertramp, Journey, Burton Cummings, Billy Preston, Carole King , Joe Cocker and so much more!
Joan Marshall’s LOVE of great piano music inspired her to create THE ELTON JOAN BAND , Canada’s Unique all female Tip-Of-The-Hat to the timeless tunes of Sir Elton John . She started playing by ear at 4 years of age … studied Classical Piano through the Royal Conservatory of Music as well as Majoring in Keyboard and Percussion Studies at the world renowned Music Program at Humber Jazz College in Toronto.. Joan has played many genres of music (including Jazz, Funk and POP-Rock and with many gifted musicians She has composed music for IBM, CIBC, RBC as well as scored music for Toronto Workshop Theatre Productions .Joan also enjoys playing solo piano gigs and has performed at venues including the prestigious McMichael Art Gallery in Kleinberg, Ontario , and at the Markham Flato Theatre .As well, Joan has worked with and performed on City TV Breakfast Television with Actor and Musician Dorian Harewood . In 2017 Joan was honoured to accept the position of Music & Choir Director for Fundraising Events for the Meta Centre in Toronto.
The show is going to start at 9:30pm, tickets are $8 in advance, $10 at the door. You can buy tickets online at www.linsmoretavern.com
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The Gary Cain Band Live in Toronto at the Linsmore Tavern, 1 Night Only!

June 24, 2022 9:30 pm - 11:59 pm
On Friday June 24th, the Linsmore Tavern (1298 Danforth) has a very special band returning who all music fans and blues fans need to see, as The Gary Cain Band is back for a special Friday night show in Toronto! Coming back from Austin Texas, this will be The Gary Cain Band’s only Toronto show, so do not miss it! The Gary Cain Band held down a monthly Sunday residency at the Linsmore throughout 2017 and parts of 2018 and captivated many people with their incredible blues music! Gary Cain has gained a ton of notoriety as one of the top blues musicians and guitar virtuoso’s not only in Canada but around the world! He is considered, the #4 independent blues guitarist in the world (2016 Six String Theory) and was also Semi-Finalists in The Blues Foundation’s 2018 International Blues Challenge, held in Memphis. He  moved to Austin, Texas and has been touring all over melting faces with his tremendous guitar playing! Gary has a very hectic schedule over the summer touring everywhere, so don’t miss out on seeing this talent in Toronto. Gary is only back for a short period of time, so Toronto music fans, we are really in for a big treat with Gary returning to play the Linsmore! Music fans you need to see this band live and at the Linsmore because this opportunity will not be presented very often in the future. The show starts at 9:30pm, tickets are $7 in advance, $10 at the door so do not miss this show!
Gary Cain is Canada’s #1 Independent Blues Artist! Some of the bands that has influenced Gary Cain’s Blues music, include Eric Gales, Philip Sayce, Stevie Ray Vaughan, AC/DC, Danny Gatton, ZZ Top, Chris Duarte, Scott Henderson, Doyle Bramhall II, Greg Koch, Albert King, Albert Collins, and Jimi Hendrix! In 2019 Gary opened a show for George Thorogood and The Destroyers at Massey Hall in front of 3000 people and absolutely stole the show! He is gaining a ton of worldwide recognition and someone you need to see live!
Gary Cain is one of the most exciting guitar-slingers on the blues scene today. As a child he spent entire days in his parents’ basement learning AC/DC songs note-for-note on a cheap classical guitar. “Eventually I think they thought ‘It’s time to get him into lessons.’ I still laugh when I think back to me as a 12-year old kid trying to explain to my Mom the intricacies of Angus Young’s solo on the live version of Whole Lotta Rosie.”
After studying guitar at Humber College’s world-renowned music program, he played in several bands, eventually landing a gig in Dubai in the house band for The Lodge, one of Dubai’s largest nightclubs. The four-sets-a-night, six-nights-a-week pace eventually led to a vocal injury that sidelined him. “I wasn’t sure what to do, no seemed to be able to tell me what the problem was. When I finally got into see a specialist that could tell me, it was a relief to know it was something I could come back from.” Now, back in action with a style he calls Twang-a-Delic Blues-o-Phunk, he’s backed by a rhythm section featuring two incredibly well-rounded, experienced, and talented musicians. “It’s great to be able to play with guys that can draw from so many styles. It gives us a lot of freedom to stretch out of the typical blues box and into a lot of cool different places.”
In 2016 Gary placed 4th in the world in the blues category of Grammy Winner Lee Ritneour’s Six String Theory guitar competition, judged by such greats as Joe Bonamassa, Ry Cooder, and Joe Satriani. He is also an Official Fractal Artist.
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Save Toronto Music Venues Presents Bad Breed, Left on the Dial, Giant Triangle, and Just Jillian Live at the Linsmore Tavern!

June 9, 2022 7:30 pm - 11:59 pm

Thursday June 9th, is going to be a great evening of music with 4 incredible, Toronto based original acts at the Linsmore Tavern (1298 Danforth Ave)! Presented by Save Toronto Music Venues, which is a great organization who took the initiative to help Toronto Music Venues during the pandemic, this night is going to be a ton of fun! The night features 4 bands including Bad Breed, Left on the Dial, Giant Triangle and Just Jillian! You don’t want to miss this evening and these 4 great bands! The show starts at 7:30pm, tickets are $10 and can be purchased in advance, here: https://www.savetorontomusicvenues.com/tickets

Bad Breed

Formed in 2019, Toronto-based Bad Breed started out as a hard-edged combination of punk rock and 60s R&B. Now a singular blend of hard-edged funk, soul and rock, Bad Breed are a unique collaboration from diverse musical backgrounds, fronted by vocalist Mike Gribben and Havana-born bassist/vocalist Maylin Ortega.

Left on the Dial

Toronto-based band, Left on the Dial, takes as much influence from the sounds of the north and mid-west of the 80s and 90s as it does from the Deep South and the Blues, Soul and Rock ’n roll music it birthed.

With Jennifer’s subtle and thunderous drums, Joshua’s emotional and cerebral lead guitar, Dave’s always in the pocket bass and Blake’s incredible guitar and incendiary vocals, LOTD weaves bluesy and melodic southern-flavoured songs with tones referencing 60s and 70s Rock ’N roll to 90s fuzzy nastiness and everything in between. Listen and you’ll feel the inspiration of all rock styles, so much so, you’ll never want to move the dial.

Giant Triangle

With Jon on guitar, Hank on bass, Margot on drums, Justin on guitar and keys, and Ellie on the main mic, Giant Triangle proves to be an unstoppable new force in the Toronto area music scene. Each of these individuals has enough musical power to level a small rural Ontario town, but together they form the sonic equivalent of an anime Super Robot. They are the Voltron of Rock, decimating the gigantic rubbery monsters of banal, formulaic music, weekly, in 30 minutes or less (minus commercials).

They have been favorably compared to the Pixies, the B52s and The Thermals, but scratch the surface and look closer you’ll find a veritable melting pot comprised of the last 40 years of popular music. It is music that will strike a subconscious chord in all who hear it. It is music that you will find yourself humming days later wondering where it came from. It is music that you will hear not just with your ears, but with your soul.

Just Jillian

Just Jillian has a long history in the Toronto music scene. She is a multi-instrumentalist, playing guitar, keyboards, bass and drums. She is the former lead guitar player for ADHD the band, and played keys for Remote Wonder. She has played gigs all over the world up to and including CBGBs in NYC. After traveling the world with a guitar in hand, she is back in her home town promoting the 2019 release of her debut album “What Day Is It” under UK label Blackdown Music.

 

The John Findlay Band Returns to the Linsmore Tavern for Blues Sunday!

May 29, 2022 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Sunday May 29th, the Linsmore Tavern (1298 Danforth Ave), is so excited to welcome back for the first time in almost 5 years, The John Findlay Band! John Findlay is one of our very favourite musicians who have played many shows over the years at the Linsmore in a number of different bands. He also held down a monthly residency in our Blues Sunday Series for about 2 years! We are so happy to welcome back to Blues Sunday and can’t wait to hear this Juno Award Nominee’s top notch guitar work!
John Findlay: Juno-nominated guitarist & vocalist brings his red-hot brand of rhythm & blues, funk and swampy jazz to Toronto nightlife. John launched his latest project at a packed Orbit Room in 2013 featuring Canadian jazz superstars Lou Pomanti, Mark Kelso & Gordon Sheard. His latest CD ‘IN2 The Spirit’ has had major radio airplay across Canada on CBC & Jazz FM.
Findlay, a veteran of the Canadian blues & jazz scene, has played with Katrina & The Waves, Blues Brother Matt “Guitar” Murphy, Marc Jordan and Sylvia Tyson to name a few. Currently musical director for the Johnny Max Band he was nominated for a Juno in 2012 as a producer & writer in the Blues & Roots category.
John Findlay will be playing the 5th Sunday of May and for those who enjoyed watching him years ago on Blues Sunday, now is your chance to catch him again! The show starts at 7pm, there’s no cover!

Rockabily, Surf and Rock and Roll Night with George Westerholm & the Wild Wildcats / The Slick Backs / The Calrizians LIVE at the Linsmore!

June 3, 2022 9:00 pm - 11:59 pm
This is going to be the coolest show in Toronto and an evening that you don’t want to miss! Come to the legendary Linsmore Tavern on the Danforth for a killer night of Rockabilly, Surf and Rock and Roll! Put on your dancing shoes, kick the blues and come lose yourself in the tunes and fun with performances from:
11pm
George Westerholm & The Wild Wildcats
4 time Gemini award winner George Westerholm will wow you with his Wild Wildcats as they shapeshift styles with their own brand of rockabilly, surf and rock and roll!
10pm
The Slick Backs
Get the grease and comb and fire up the old hot rod for this rockabilly/country supertrio making it’s debut in Toronto – the band features members of King Beez, Pink Cadillac Scat Cats and Lead Sled Rocket.
9pm – The Calrizians
Wax up the old surf board for this legendary soul inspired surf combo that’ll get the party started just right with their own original brand of far out instrumental tunage!
Doors 8:30pm
Bands 9pm
19+
$10 advance at www.linsmoretavern.com
$15 at the door
Presented by:
Drive Events
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Durty Little Secrets – A Tribute To Hard Rock Live at the Linsmore Tavern!

May 14, 2022 9:00 pm - 11:59 pm

YOU DO NOT NEED TICKETS FOR THIS SHOW, YOU CAN PAY COVER AT THE DOOR!

Hard Rock fans, this is your night!! The Linsmore Tavern (1298 Danforth Ave), is so excited to welcome for the very first time, Durty Little Secrets – A Tribute to Hard Rock! We have heard amazing things about this band over the last few years as they have built up a real solid following all over Ontario! We are so excited to welcome them to our stage to see their high-energy show and to hear their Tribute to so many legendary Hard Rock bands! This is going to be a really fun night of music, that we can’t wait for! The show starts at 9pm, there will be a $10 cover charge at the door!

Durty Little Secrets is a High energy hard rock band covering from classic rock to today’s hits. They all came together to play everyone’s favourite tunes and bring that fun and great energy filled live show .. it gets loud hot and durty .. 2 great guitar players, a monster on bass and drums and fronted by the long hair headbanging screaming mad man John De Mederios.

On Saturday May 14th, you will hear some incredible hard rock classics from your favourite bands such as, Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, AC/DC, Ozzy Osbourne, Guns ‘N Roses, Skid Row, Sixx AM, Velvet Revolver, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Black Sabbath, and so many more!!

John De Mederios – Lead Vocals
James W. Davis – Guitar
Anthony Borges Caetano – Guitar
Stefan Ford – Drums

The Spiral Theory: Tribute to The Police, U2, and REM – Pioneers of Modern Rock Returns to the Linsmore Tavern!

May 28, 2022 9:30 pm - 11:59 pm
This is going to be an excellent night of music and a really fun night! The Linsmore Tavern is extremely excited to welcome back for the first time since 2019, The Spiral Theory: Tribute to The Police, U2, and REM – Pioneers of Modern Rock! The Spiral Theory will be performing a two set tribute to these icons who were on top of the world during the 80’s, ushering in a new era of guitar-oriented rock with a conscience. The third set for the evening will be covers that are equally energetic and crowd-pleasing from other influential rockers who followed (Foo Fighters, Black Keys, The Strokes. etc.) This fantastic band tore the roof in their previous shows at the Linsmore to capacity crowd,s so we are thrilled to bring them back again in 2022! The show starts at 9:30pm, so don’t miss it!
THE PIONEERS OF MODERN ROCK!
In 1983, The Police is selling out stadiums across North America as the world’s most popular rock band. Their opening act, on their first national tour, is barely known R.E.M.. In 1985, U2 plays the Longest Day festival in Milton Keynes, England with R.E.M. on the same bill. Bono later stated meeting Michael Stipe on that day, and their ensuing friendship, was “one of the most important moments of my life.“ On the final show of the 1986 Amnesty National Tour at Giants Stadium in New York, The Police symbolically take their instruments off during “Invisible Sun” and pass them over to U2, who then finish the song before starting their own set. The torch is officially passed. By 1991, with the releases of “Achtung Baby” and “Out of Time”, U2 and R.E.M. have become “the most important rock bands of a generation, setting a new standard for how arena rock
concerts could feel and how they could communicate” – The Chicago
Tribune.
Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 at the door! You can buy tickets online at www.linsmoretavern.com
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Caravan – A Soulful Tribute to Van Morrison Returns to the Linsmore Tavern!

July 16, 2022 9:30 pm - 11:59 pm
Saturday July 16th, the Linsmore Tavern is so excited to welcome back for the first time since 2019, after so much fanfare, Caravan – A Soulful Tribute to Van Morrison! Caravan have absolutely tore down the house for all of their previous SOLD-OUT shows at the Linsmore Tavern and have plenty of fans asking when their return will be! Fans of Van Morrison, you are going to be in for quite a treat, as Caravan have been working extremely hard to bring an authentic and soulful Tribute to the one and only, Van Morrison! Caravan is the fastest selling band in the history of the Linsmore Tavern as their shows sell-out many weeks in advance, so do not hesitate! This is going to be quite a spectacle and a memorable night, as Caravan features 9 of Canada’s top musicians who are ready to rock the music of the Legendary Van Morrison! The tickets for this show will sell-out fast, so get them now!
CARAVAN – A Tribute to the music of Van Morrison
Founded by singer Ron Littlejohn of the popular Toronto Funk/Soul group Planet Earth. Littlejohn has been described as “the little white guy who sounds like a big black guy.” CARAVAN, a nine piece band consisting of some of Toronto’s finest players reach back to the early trashy R&B of Van Morrison’s legendary first band THEM and take the audience deep into the mystic.
There is always huge buzz surrounding this show and we know that this show is going to sell out! Get your tickets now, before it sells out! Tickets are only $15 in advance, $20 at the door! You can buy tickets online at www.linsmoretavern.com
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