Stomping At The Leaside Saturday April 29 4-7pm
Mick Lewis Clarinet, Len Gosling Trumpet
Clarinetist Mick Lewis joins Climax at The Leaside Saturday April 29. Mick played with the band for many years before retiring part-time to Alberta. Glad to have him back, joining Tom Richards, trombone, Jon Foster drums, Jack Vincken banjo and Chris Daniels bass. And a special surprise -- Climax veteran Len Gosling joins us on trumpet and vocals. Hope you can join us at the grand old Leaside Pub 4-7pm. Don't forget -- you can win your tab up to six o'clock at the six o'clock draw. Ask your server for a draw ticket.
We'll be back again at The Leaside Pub May 20, June17 and July 1 -- Canada's 150th Birthday and Climax's 46th. Good excuse for a rollicking celebration with special guests, treats and prizes.
Saturday May 20, Ray Heitger clarinet and Dave Kosmyna cornet join us from Toledo, with Len Gosling trombone, Andy Mac banjo, Jon Foster drums and Chris Daniels bass. Should be a blast.
Ye Olde Brunswick House Remembered
by Chris Daniels
Rexall Drugs opened its new store Thursday April 27 in the old Brunswick House at Bloor and Brunswick with a tribute to the building's musical heritage, in partnership with the Canadian Music Centre. Here's what it looks like:
The building has been gutted, most inside walls removed and the stairs to the old Albert's Hall replaced by an elevator leading to a doctor's office. The original inside yellow brick walls have been exposed and the embossed ceiling renewed, The chandeliers have been cleaned up and the floor boards sanded. Several of the original mirrors have been kept, together with the whisky barrel cash register. The stage and washrooms have gone. Space is limited so the store departments have been squeezed into the relatively small ground floor.
The music history of Ye Olde Brunswick House is remembered in a few small cabinets facing the lower, rear section, displaying artifacts from Climax, Jeff Healey, Downchild, Oscar Peterson, Peter Appleyard, Dominic Troiano and a few others. Climax's cabinet includes an LP from the seventies, T-shirts, a Peter Appleyard Presents T.V. Shows program, a great Jack Batten Globe and Mail article and a 1973 photo from our wonderful 1971-1974 years at Albert's Hall. The display will remain at Rexall's for a couple of weeks before going to the Canadian Music Centre in Calgary.
As Rexall describes it: 'a journey through the past, chronicling the unique and extraordinary history of the music, artists and instruments that made the Brunswick House an iconic venue. Rexall is proud of its role in preserving this historic landmark, and joining Harbord Village as its new neighbourhood pharmacy.'
We're pleased Rexall has made the effort to recognize the importance of this historic watering hole to the local community, to Toronto and to Canada's colorful music history. The Climax Jazz Band is proud to be part of the memory of the Albert's Hall and the Brunswick and of our contribution to the Canadian and international music scene. I told Rexall's managers they would do well to support the Toronto Jazz Festival and other local music events.
The Brunswick opened in 1876 as a welcoming venue for travellers coming into Toronto and was well-known as a hot music spot in the seventies and onward. The Climax Jazz Band's first gig was in Albert's Hall, upstairs at the Brunny -- 9pm-1am, Monday to Saturday from May 1971 to September 1974. The joint was jumping every night, with a mainly young crowd lapping up the $3 cold pitchers of beer and the hot music. We made a bundle of good friends at The Brunswick, became a favorite for sporting, political, fundraising and other events (including for The Toronto Symphony and The Canadian Ballet). Our charter flights to New Orleans and Trillium Moonlight Jazz Cruises were highlights of the jazz scene. Happy Days indeed!