Foolish Heart Live at the Linsmore Tavern!

Friday August 26th, the Linsmore Tavern is really excited to welcome Foolish Heart for a really cool night of country, roots, rockabily, rock and ska! Foolish Heart is definitely a unique cover band and has some of the best musicians in Toronto performing some really amazing music! This 6 piece band will definitely deliver the goods and will have you up on the dance floor with some classic roots music! If you are looking for a really good band and a fun night of music, this is it!

Foolish Heart is a roots based band playing great material by such bands as The Mavericks, Roy Orbison, Dwight Yoakam, The Eagles, Buckwheat Zydeco, Downchild Blues Band and more. Based in the Greater Toronto Area, the band's mixture of roots, rock, rockabilly, ska, country and even a little zydeco creates a fun night of dancing and partying for people of all ages. Foolish Heart is a very professional band and features terrific vocals, a seasoned, tight rhythm section and strong instrumentalists on guitar, keys and accordion. 

Members: Murray James-Bosch Ian Turner Mark Kristiansen Bruce Chapman Aaron Juodele Steve Crew

The show starts at 9:30pm, there will be a $5 cover charge!

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Strummerjam Toronto Live at the Linsmore Tavern Feat Bad Raven Lucy, C.I.D, DJ Skip, T.C. Folkpunk and Special Guests Copper Crown!

Saturday August 27th is going to be one helluva night, as the Linsmore Tavern is so excited to welcome Strummerjam Toronto, all in support of The Joe Strummer Foundation!  Strummerfest started in 2012 as a multi-venue music festival in Kitchener, remembering singer/songwriter, Joe Strummer 1952-2002 (of the Clash, Pogues, 101-ers, Mescaleros...), promoting the indie music scene, and supporting suicide-prevention charities. There have been numerous shows over the years in different cities, with many different bands!  It's an absolute honour to have this event being taken place at the Linsmore Tavern to show appreciation of the music of the very influential Joe Strummer!  The show on August 27th at the Linsmore Tavern is featuring some incredible musicians such as DJ Skip, Bad Raven Lucy, C.I.D and T.C Folkpunk, plus some really cool surprises!

Bad Raven Lucy, a group of 20-somethings – Ben, David, Ryan and Lucas – respectively, students in theatre, art, history and urban planning – will have their debut public performance at StrummerJam, offering a mix of covers and originals in the punk, folk and ska veins. Young energy, profound creativity, exciting talent; these guys have nowhere but onward and upward to go to.

C.I.D is a punk cover band led by 50-somethings – lead guitarist, Chailey, lead singer, Michael, and drummer, Steve – tho’ supported by the youthful energy of Keaghan (rhythm & drums) and Joey (bass) (who, with their friend, Aiden, also form the hardcore punk band, Noiz A Noiz). Not really newcomers, but having their Toronto debut, C.I.D. specializes in covers of classic punk/punk era favorites from The Clash, Sham 69, The Buzzcocks, Iggy Pop, 999, The Undertones, Teenage Head, Elvis Costello, The Stranglers and others.

Skip Viitala has spent more than 20 years committed to local music and community radio as a performer and radio show host (including Canada’s only all-ska show, Ska Party, on CIUT 89.5 FM). Relentlessly participating in bands playing everything from reggae to contemporary alt rock, Skip joins StrummerJam to spin tunes between before, after and between every set.

Tim Cameron changed his moniker to “T.C.” – a nickname he’d had since high school – to distinguish himself from all the other Tim Cameron’s out there making music. Adding “Folkpunk” to his name merely made sense, because that’s what he does. But it is really T.C.’s music that has distinguished him on four CD’s and in over a thousand concerts, including two performances at the Cavern Club for the 2010 International Pop Overthrow Festival.

This is going to be an awesome night of music with some incredible Indie Bands playing for their love of Joe Strummer!  If you are a Joe Strummer fan, this is an absolute MUST-SEE show and you better believe that the atmosphere will be buzzing! This is also a fundraiser, which will go towards The Joe Strummer Foundation! Tickets will definitely sell-out, so get them now! Tickets are only $8 in advance, $10 at the door! You can buy your tickets at the bar or at right here: BUY TICKETS!!

JUST ANNOUNCED!!! Copper Crown has been added to this show!

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Blues Sunday Featuring The Johnny Cox Band!

Sunday August 28th, the Linsmore Tavern (1298 Danforth Ave) is excited to welcome back, one of Canada's top Blues musician and guitarist's Johnny Cox, part of our Blues Sunday series! You can see Johnny Cox every 4th Sunday of the month at the Linsmore as he has some serious chops on guitar and really exemplifies what blues is all about! 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! Molson Canadian is the new sponsor for this show, so there will be $5 Pints of Canadian all day! The show starts at 7pm, No Cover!

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ZimZum performing some Jazz Fusion at the Linsmore Tavern!

Fans of Jazz, this is the night for you, as the Linsmore Tavern (1298 Danforth Ave) welcomes for the very first time ever ZimZum! Featuring some of the best jazz musicians in Toronto, if you enjoy jazz, then this is a MUST-SEE show! This quartet credits the following artists as their main influences; Weather Report, Spirogyra, Pat Metheny, John Coltrane, Herbie Hancock and Dave Holland.

The Band Features:
Ian Lazarus – Alto Sax and Tenor Sax. 
Ian has been developing his style of playing in jazz, funk, R & B and free improvisation over the past 40 years alongside his career as a sculptor and installation artist . He has recorded with Colin Flint, Margot Roi and the Sum of 5ive jazz band. He has also recorded ZIMZUM original tunes with Colin Flint, Jeff Hewer, Dennis Song, Mark Teixeira, and Louis Le Couche. 

Colin Flint – Bass Guitar 
Colin has played in jazz, R & B, funk, and rock bands throughout England and Canada. Colin has recorded with The Dave Mirror Co, Salamander, Sum of 5ive and ZIMZUM. 

Ilios Steryannis- Drums, Percussion, 
Ilios earned a full scholarship to the Banff Centre for the Arts jazz program at age 18, studying with the great Marvin “Smitty” Smith, drummer for the Tonight Show. This was followed by receiving a partial scholarship to study at Boston’s prestigious Berklee College of Music, where Ilios’ teachers included jazz legends Joe Hunt and Ian Froman. Back home in Toronto, Ilios completed his Bachelor of Fine Arts (Hons) degree in Jazz Performance at York University. 

It was then time to hit the road, as Ilios joined jazz guitarist Tim Posgate, touring Canada three times between 1995-97, and recording the critically acclaimed album “Mit”, which featured saxophone great Jane Bunnett. Ilios then turned his attention to composing and performing with his own band, with a large repertoire of original eclectic jazz tunes they showcased at Toronto venues such as the Rex Jazz Bar and were featured in the Toronto Downtown Jazz Festival. In 2000, highly respected Toronto session drummer and educator Rich Greenspoon recommended Ilios to join the faculty of the Arcadia Academy of Music, in Woodbridge, ON. This was the start of Ilios’ career as a well loved and respected drum set educator. Ilios’ performing career has also flourished, averaging between 75-100 shows per year. 

Jay Danley - Guitars 
In 1995, Jay was a founding member of Orchesta Klave Y Kongo, a group that specialized in 
performing the traditional form of Cuban music known as Son Montuno. It was Jay’s abilities on this instrument that led him to play with such musical greats as Jane Bunnett, including a 2001 performance on CBC television for the Gemini Awards show. 
Jay has also recorded two records with piano maestro Hilario Duran, one of which was nominated for a 
2003 Juno award, and has performed with him on several occasions as a regular member of his group 
“Havana Remembered”. In 2005 he shared the stage with salsa legend Oscar D’Leon at Massey Hall, and has performed with members of the legendary Buena Vista Social Club, including the late Compay Segundo and Jay’s musical idol, Eliades Ochoa. 

In 2004 Jay was a founding member of the traditional jazz group The Hogtown Syncopators. This group has recorded an album and holds a weekly residency at The Rex hotel in Toronto. In 2009 Jay appeared on the Juno winning (blues album of the year) “Ramblin' Son” with Julian Fauth. Jay now leads his own band "The Jay Danley Ethiojazz Project", that plays Jay's original compositions in the style of Ethiojazz. Jay continues to play in several distinguished jazz and latin bands and currently resides in Toronto. 

The show starts at 8:30pm, there will be no cover!

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