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Newsletter – February 2018

2018 is here and the month of January has already come to a close. February and March will also be here and gone before we know it, and April fast approaching. As we experience this winter’s record breaking temperatures, we should now channel our thoughts to what’s in store for SPRING.

Well, do we have some NEWS for you! – and exciting news it is… a SPRING REUNION DANCE

– on FRIDAY APRIL 6th, Little Caesar and the Consuls, Canada’s longest running rock and roll band, will be teaming up with Oshawa’s legendary Par 4 band at the Jubilee Pavilion at Lakeview Park in Oshawa, Ontario.

“The Jube”, as most people refer to it, first opened on July 1st, 1927. Now 90+ years young, it is one of the very few dance pavilions still remaining in Ontario.

It’s long history has welcomed to the stage music ranging from Big Band (Art Hallman and his Orchestra) to rock and roll bands (Little Caesar and the Consuls, Robbie Lane and the Disciples, the Lincolnaires, Oshawa’s Par 4) to name a few, plus Country and Western acts like King Ganam.

For those that frequented The Jube, you will remember the gleaming maple dance floor. Musicians may remember the office walls of manager Owen McCrone were covered with framed photos of famous bands. We loved playing there and regarded it as one of the best dance halls in southern Ontario.

Please join us for what promises to be a night of good times with nonstop dancing to two bands, starting at 8 PM in a great dance hall where the music will stir your memories.



LUNCH AT 11:00 P.M.

FOR TICKETS CALL: Wilson and Lee Music 905.725.4706

or Stu Smith 905.728.2927

Tickets are selling fast. To avoid disappointment get them now.

Dance under the large mirrored globe that still sparkles over that maple dance floor.

We look forward to seeing you. On the floor, out the door!

Martin, Walter, Russ, Phil and James




Jubilee Pavilion – Reunion Dance

Whoa!   – Turn back the clock. 

Remember The Jube?

Mark your calendar: 




there will be a


at Oshawa’s famous Jubilee Pavilion

With TWO bands

Little Caesar & The Consuls


The Par Four

Doors open at 6:30 PM

Bands start at 8 PM

Lunch at 11 PM

Tickets $50 per person available at

Wilson and Lee Music 905-725-4706

or contact Stu Smith at 905-728-2927

See you “On the floor or out the door!”


Newsletter – December 2017 / January 2018



As we take a moment to reflect on the past year all in all it was a good year for Little Caesar and the Consuls for many reasons. A year comprised of public, private and corporate performances, rehearsals and hours in the recording studio and last but not least fun times together.

This past October we were saddened to learn of the sudden passing of our former drummer Sonny Milne who joined Caesar in 2003 and had retired in 2014. Sonny had a long, interesting and rewarding musical journey. May he rest in peace.

We look forward to the New Year with optimism. 2018 will mark the bands 62nd year (since 1956)……Canada’s longest running rock and roll band.

A HINT OF NOSTALGIA…….For those who remember the Toronto Telegram, they featured an article in the February 21st, 1968 issue naming The Lords of London, The Ugly Ducklings, The Stitch’n Tyme, Grant Smith and the Power and Little Caesar and the Consuls as Toronto’s top five groups.

We look forward to seeing you in 2018.

On the floor out the door!

– Martin, Walter, Russ, Phil and James



Newsletter – September / October 2017

Summer in September in the City

With such balmy temps, we hope you are keeping hydrated. Drink plenty of water when the humidity starts to kick in.

Older adults are at a higher risk of heat related illness. Their bodies don’t adjust as well to sudden temperature changes. Couple that with the fact that they may already have a medical condition or take prescription medications that alter normal response to heat and the risk of serious illness goes through the roof.

More good times – It’s Worth the Drive…

“We are thrilled to be performing once again at the beautifully restored heritage Acton Town Hall.


Acton Town Hall

Last year was a Sell-Out so we would recommend you purchase tickets early to avoid disappointment.

Great people, tasty food, door prizes, raffles and a nice dance floor makes for a fabulous evening out. We really look forward to seeing you there.

Heritage Acton appreciate your support as well as they continue to make improvements to this architecturally/ historically significant building. “

– Martin, Walter, Russ, Phil and James LITTLE CAESAR AND THE CONSULS

As The Acton Town Hall Centre says on their Events web page,

Saturday, October 28, 2017 – Little Caesar and the Consuls

Heritage Acton presents  – Little Caesar and the Consuls.

“Enjoy the rockin music of the 1950’s & 1960’s”

Cash Bar (Beer & Wine) & Food

Door Prizes

Download poster: Evening of Rock ‘n Roll Poster 2017 with website ticket info

A fundraiser for the Acton Town Hall Centre




Newsletter – July 2017

Canada Day was a real BLAST, being our Sesquicentennial year and we  trust that everyone in our great country had a wonderful day.



Back by popular demand, we will be performing from 7 to 9:30 PM (right after the last horse race) at the outdoor patio stage. Last year we enjoyed some very enthusiastic interaction with a capacity audience, noticing that quite a few fans just had to get up and dance.

So, for a special evening at Ajax Downs, we look forward to seeing you catching the excitement of live, thundering horse racing or the casino din, followed by the Consul’s solid brand of authentic, vintage rock ‘n roll.


Just wanted to share with you a few of the very nice comments we have been receiving through our FaceBook channel.

Denis LeetheSenior June 10 at 2:15pm
My memories of Little Caesar and the Counsuls go back to Sunday nights in the mid sixties at St John’s YPC and the Rev. A. Louis Bourque. Well worth the drive from Wildfield.
Lucile Barker November 20 at 7:18pm
Great show! Really enjoyed you guys last night!
Margot McKinnon November 17 at 12:01am
A wonderful venue to enjoy good food and a great dancing band. Sorry we can’t be there – in Arizona now. Hope to see you in the spring!!
Ross Johnston October 26 at 4:46pm
i grew up in lindsay and very often hitchicked to the saturday night dance in green hurst even broke i stood outside with many just hanging with the crowd girl watching and having a beer
Brian Massey July 4 at 10:26pm
Keep the Rock Rollin. (Y)
Henry Soltys June 22 at 3:17pm
Thanks for the memories! and here is to new ones!
Jerry Crawford July 10 at 3:13pm
Marty does the best Frankie Valli I have ever heard – and I saw Jersey Boys when it came to Toronto.
Nancy Law May 29 at 11:07am
so sorry I missed it, Lindsay is a long way from Ottawa … miss Caesar and Saturday nights at Greenhurst!!!
Tom Wilson April 29 at 4:58pm
The only original Caesar was 1956 to 1959. After that we were all newbies I joined in 1960 and feel as original as anybody else. After 50 years I’m entitled.. Let’s rename the band. The Original Little Caesar & The Consuls I repeat its the band not the people.
Don Halward December 1 at 5:23pm
Oh my! Used to dance to them at the Maseryk Hall when I lived on Tyndall Avenue and worked at the south end of Fraser St.


Newsletter – April 2017

Welcome to Spring!

It has finally sprung and that’s exciting for a whole bunch of reasons. Little Caesar and the Consuls (since 1956) is alive and well and this year 2017 marks our 61st year of performing. In 2017 we continue to take bookings for private and corporate events, dances, festivals, theatre shows, fundraising events, etc and already looking ahead to 2018.

You see, there is no stopping with this band. As we have said in the past, our musical journey and legacy continues and we are mighty proud of that. The comments received from our many fans and supporters say that our current 5-piece band is by far one of the best Caesar’s ever, delivering what they say is a sound that is pure, clean and fresh, with an added touch of vintage thrown in. It reminds them of the band in its early beginnings back in the mid 50’s and‘60s…..that is a real compliment, and we thank you.

You say, “What makes it vintage?” Well for starters, all you have to do is see our drummer Phil’s kit, a Ludwig Super Classic, and it has a sound like no other. Next up, Martin’s Gretsch guitar with Bigsby.  Russ comes in third with his Selmer tenor and baritone saxes; they don’t make them like that anymore and he can play them.

Without having to lug an old upright out-of-tune piano like they did years ago with a single mic hanging down in front of the sound board, the pro keyboards of today have perfected that vintage piano and organ sound. Well the bass is the bass and Fender has been around for a very long time. Need I say more?  Well, the guys are vintage too! There you have it.

We look forward to another great year. Be sure to check our website for upcoming announcements and stay tuned.


Newsletter – January 2017



Reflecting back on 2016, the band has enjoyed an amazing year of public, private and corporate performances at dances, concerts and festivals.

For 2017, we anticipate a year filled with celebrations all across Canada as this great Country of ours celebrates 150 years…canada150

…and we look forward to taking part in those celebrations.

We have some exciting projects in the works for Little Caesar and the Consuls now in its 61st year and will keep you informed as they unfold. As we have mentioned in previous Newsletters,  the legacy lives on.

We would be remiss if we didn’t take a moment to honour and remember some of the great musical giants that left us in 2016:

  • Davie Bowie,
  • Keith Emmerson and Greg Lake of ELP,
  • Leon Russell,
  • George Michael,
  • Prince,
  • Glenn Frey,
  • Canada’s own Bobby Curtola, to name a few.

These artists have influenced us with their music over the years and we recall that song “If there’s a Rock and Roll Heaven, it must be one hell of a band”. May they rest in peace.

Keep an eye on our Website for new postings and announcements.

We trust your 2017 will be year filled with good health and happiness.