Blues Sunday in June with the John Findlay Band (Now playing every Second Sunday of the month!

Sunday June 11th, Blues Sunday at the Linsmore Tavern (1298 Danforth Ave) features Juno Award Nominee John Findlay and his awesome band! That's right, every second sunday of the month the Linsmore has the Juno-nominated guitarist & vocalist John Findlay who brings his red hot brand of rhythm & blues, funk and swampy jazz to Toronto nightlife. 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 the musical director for the Johnny Max Band, he was nominated for a Juno in 2012 as a producer & writer in the Blues & Roots category. There is some great buzz surrounding John Findlay's live shows, so come out and see what it's all about! This week he'll be starting at 7pm, No Cover and $5 Pints of Molson Canadian!

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1977 Punk Rock Blitzorama 9 Featuring Tributes to CBGB, The Jam and Blondie Live at the Linsmore!

Saturday June 10th, the Linsmore Tavern is excited to welcome back one our most popular tribute nights featuring 3 Tributes all in one night, which everyone can't get enough off, 1977 Punk Rock Blitzorama 9! This is such a great night of music and these group of musicians have SOLD-OUT seven straight shows at the Linsmore! This time the Tributes for 1977 Punk Rock Blitzorama 9 include The Blanks Tribute to The Music of CBGC, The Jammed Tribute to The Jam and Blondee and their Tribute to Blondie! Be apart of this special evening of music and check out the amazing atmosphere whenever these 3 bands play together!

The Blanks will be performing part of this evening and will be playing music of punk rock during the late 1970's, whose bands would frequently play at New York's most famous club, CBGB's!  You will hear the songs of such great CBGB era bands like Talking Heads, Misfits, Patti Smith, Devo, The Ramones, The Police, Lou Reed, Joan Jett, Iggy Pop, The Cramps, B-52's, Television, The Dictators, Teenage Head, Dead Boys, Viletones and many more!! The band includes world class musicians - Cleave Anderson - Drums, Del Cowsill - Bass, Lucas Stagg - Vocals, Guitar.

Formed in 2013, THE JAMMED is a tribute act to punk/mod-revival band THE JAM. Playing lightening-fast covers, this Toronto-based trio recreates the high-energy and style of The Jam in the late 1970's, wearing tailored suits rather than ripped clothes. The trio was known for their melodic pop songs, strong harmonies, distinctive English flavour and mod image. Their music is infused with beat music, soul, rhythm and blues, psychedelic rock, as well as 1970's punk and new wave. THE JAMMED are: Cleave Anderson (formerly of Blue Rodeo), drums; Lucas Stagg (Lucas Stagg band) on bass and vocals, and Richard McCarthy (aka Filthy Rich), vocals and guitar.

Formed in 2014, BLONDEE is a tribute act to American rock band Blondie, founded by Debbie Harry and guitarist Chris Stein. Blondie was a pioneer in the early American new wave and punk scenes of the mid 1970s. BLONDEE is a four piece act that scales down the hits and earlier punk songs of Blondie to their bare bones, working with only vocal, one guitar, bass and drums. Sara Dishart captures the power and sultriness of Harry's voice, in addition to being inspired by Blondie's style and dress on stage. BLONDEE are: Sara Dishart, vocals; Cleave Anderson, drums, Lucas Stagg, bass and vocals; Richard McCarthy (aka Filthy Rich), guitar and vocals.

Get you tickets now because, this show is definitely in demand!!  3 unbelievable Tribute Bands in one night and the Tickets are only $5 in advance and $10 at the door!  You can buy your tickets at Linsmore Tavern or right here: BUY TICKETS!!

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The James Green Electric Returns to the Linsmore Tavern!

Friday June 9th, The Linsmore Tavern (1298 Danforth Ave) is excited to welcome guitarist James Green with his band, The James Green Electric! James Green is a legend and has been around for a long time, playing all around the world. He's probably best known as a founding member of The Blushing Brides, having been their lead guitarist for nearly four decades, as well as for his collaborations with David Bowie's guitarist Mick Ronson. The James Green Electric has played some fantastic shows at the Linsmore this past year, as he's one of the most respected musicians around!

The show starts at 9:30pm, there will be a $5 cover charge! Arrive early, because the buzz surrounding James Green is extremely high!

From Chicago to Asia , guitarist James Green has hypnotized audiences around the world since 1979. James, a Montréal native, is known on the local and international music scene with performances in arenas, amusement parks, Montréal Jazz and various Blues festivals. At the Chicago Music-Fest, one of James’ favorite venues, he surprised crowds with his electrifying performances. “ Chicago is where you’ve got to be” says James, “if you can make it here, home of the electric Blues, you can make it anywhere”.

James picked up his first guitar at age 16 and in 1979, a mere three years later, signed on as lead guitarist for cult-phenom band The Blushing Brides. From 1979 to 1981, the band toured across North America , averaging 250 gigs a year with attendance of up to 10,000 fans. After gaining popularity and experience, the band put out its first album, Unveiled in 1981. Their first hit, “What You Talkin’ About” was co-written by James and lead singer Maurice Raymond.

In 1983, James left the Brides and joined forces with David Bowie’s legendary guitarist Mick Ronson, to form Perfect Affair with whom he would record his second album, Perfect Affair. The following year, James broadened his musical spectrum by joining Reggae band DUB U-5, and recording World Beat, an album that enjoyed significant local air play.

James diversified again by joining with Montréal sensation Freddie James to form Fusion Three. North American and Asian tours re-ignited his passion for music and in 1993 James recorded with them on the album Come Into The Jungle.

In 1989, James signed on with Kinky Foxx, a Funk R & B band based in New York City . Following their tour, James discovered his real passion - The Blues. “Blues is at the heart, it is individual, it’s what I love, it’s what I adore.”

Having discovered his passion, James joins Smokestack Lightning with whom he tours several times. In 1993 he forms the band Killing Floor Blues.

Over the years James has continued to appear with the Blushing Brides and performed with many known artists including James Cotton, Edgar Winter, the Dixon Brothers, Big Jack Johnson, Russell Jackson and Frank Marino. Most recently, James can be heard playing on Slim Williams’ recent album Pulse of The Planet.

In 2004 he formed James Green and The Blues Electric, playing at venues throughout the city where he combines a traditional style with Electric Blues introducing influences from Rock & Roll, R & B, soul and funk into his Blues renditions. His music touches the soul of audiences everywhere.

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Redsteps Return to the Linsmore Tavern!

The Linsmore Tavern (1298 Danforth Ave) is excited to welcome back a fantastic Indie band, Redsteps for a night of Country, Rock 'n' Roll, Folk and Blues on Thursday June 8th! Redsteps have played a couple of great shows at the Linsmore in the past and have absolutely blew everyone away! Redsteps will be playing that evening and they will bring their bluesy, country-tinged rock'n'roll music to the Linsmore Tavern and kicking off live music for 2017!

REDSTEPS are a Toronto, ON based band playing a mix of harmony laden rock and roll, folk, country, and blues tunes. Gigging relentlessly over the three past years, they have recorded and released a three song self-titled EP as well as a full-length eponymous debut album, released in June 2014. Belting out three-part harmonies and backed by lively, guitar-driven grooves, they embrace a sound that reflects both city and country. With reverence for classics like The Band and Neil Young, as well as modern rockers Wilco and Ryan Adams, REDSTEPS provide an emotional, rootsy feel with a healthy dose of honest rock ’n’ roll.

Since the band’s inception REDSTEPS have crafted their sound by singing songs late into the night, and refined their performance with a steady regimen of gigging. They’ve won over crowds of all sizes, from classic Toronto venues such as the Drake Hotel and the Cameron House, to festivals like Steam Whistle’s Roundhouse Craft Beer Fest.

Their short EP was recorded at both Verge Music Lab and Harris Institute in 2012. Over the next year they began working with Mike Langford, owner and engineer of The Pawnshop Studio in Kensington Market; they were able to collaborate in the studio with Mike on their first full-length album, while tracking in D.I.Y. fashion at their rehearsal space near Queen St. West!

CHRIS BJORKQUIST – Lead Vocals | Guitar

WYATT BEST – Lead Guitar | Sweet Harmonies

ANDY BLATHERWICK – Keys / Piano | Sweet Harmonies

MATT FOX – Bass Guitar


The show starts at 9pm, there's no cover so come and check out this incredible original band!

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