Newsletter – September and October 2016

It is hard to believe. The Summer of 2016 is almost over.

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One thinks about that when you hear the Canadian National Exhibition is coming to a close and kids are heading back to school. It has been one amazing summer for many reasons and a great year for the band to date.

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As mentioned in previous newsletters the band returned in July to the Harbour Street Fish Bar in Collingwood for another fabulous night of dancing.

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Walter Taylor with a couple of our dear fans

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The Fish Bar crowd was definitely Soul’d Out.

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July 21st took us to the Ajax Downs and Slots for an outdoor evening concert all centered in the Winners Circle at the track.It was exciting to be part of this event and we also got to see some Quarter Horse races.

We thank the capacity crowd who came out to see the band and stay to the end our our show.

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On Saturday, August 13th we played a two hour show in the evening at the Emerald Music Festival held on Amherst Island, south of Napanee. A 20 minute ferry ride landed us on the island and what a beautiful island it is.

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Arriving at Amherst Island late afternoon we were greeted by Dan Simpson who organized the three day festival now in its sixth year and what a warm welcome it was with our own trailer to relax and change before the show, lots of food and the delicious homemade blueberry pie. This really put us in good stead for our performance at 8 p.m.

The rain didn’t dampen anyone’s spirits as the dance floor they had built was packed for two hours. An encore brought us back on stage to conclude with “How Sweet It Is”.

A huge Thank You goes out to Dan and Joan Simpson and Susan Filson, Dale Gowan and MC Gord Miller from radio station CJAI. Also, last but not least, thank you to King Sound for providing the best sound and lighting production any band could wish for.

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The month of September gives us a bit of a break to continue rehearsals and gear up for upcoming events.

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On Saturday October 1st we will be at Mississauga Ontario’s ARMY NAVY AIR FORCE HALL at 765 Third Street. This dance will be hosted by Cawthra Park Auto. We are pleased to announce that this dance is already SOLD OUT and we are looking forward to a great night.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 22ND, 2016 we will be the beautifully restored ACTON TOWN HALL, Acton, Ontario.

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DANCE 7 P.M. TO 11 P.M.

Hosted by Heritage Acton.

To reserve tickets call (905)877-5572

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Update for July/August

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We are back at “Harbour Street Fish Bar”

Saturday, July 9th date at the Harbour Street Fish Bar in Collingwood. We are hoping again for a sellout crowd and look forward to our return date. Fabulous staff, food, dance floor, patio… there isn’t a better place to be on a summer’s night. See you there and don’t forget to make your reservations early. 7 p.m. start.

 

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Thursday, July 21st you will find us at the OLG Slots and Casino at Ajax Downs, Ontario playing from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Open to the public, we look forward to seeing you there. We are really looking forward to this performance; it should be a fabulous night. Check out the band, check out the slots…..it could be your lucky night!

… And in August …

We will be appearing as part of the Emerald Music Festival at Amherst Island, Ontario.

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Newsletter – June/July 2016

Before we jump right into June and July news, we have to tell you that our two performances in May were outstanding.

May 6th at Toronto’s Koerner Hall was absolutely amazing with over 1,200 attending the concert in support of the Psychology Foundation of Canada.

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Walter, Russ, Duff Roman, Andrea Iscoe, Marty, Phil, Sam

Special thanks go out to Andrea Iscoe who produced the show.

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Duff Roman, Martin Damsell

And it was so great to see our good friend Mr. Duff Roman who was our M.C. for the evening.

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The “Koerner” Girls

Also, many thanks to all the other wonderful and talented performers, and also to the generous sponsors.It truly was a night to remember and a highlight for Caesar.

We thank the friendly Koerner Hall staff who treated us royally, and last but not least the excellent house sound and lighting production team under the direction of Malcolm Harris. Koerner Hall is by far one of North America’s finest concert halls. We were proud and honoured to be the closing act for that evening. Thank you to all who attended.

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Saturday, May 28th all we can say is…WOW, what a dance at the Lindsay Fairgrounds, sponsored by the Lindsay Curling Club.

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Sam, Phil, Marty, Russ, Walter, Wayne Copeland

It was one hot night with over 900 attending. The dance floor was packed all night, a sure sign that a good time was had by all.

Special thanks to the Curling Club and the many volunteers who helped put the night together. We hope everyone had as good a time as we did playing for you. It was a night of music and memories and we look forward to playing in Lindsay again sometime soon.

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Now to June/July…

Well, June is rehearsal month to prepare for our upcoming Saturday, July 9th date at the Harbour Street Fish Bar in Collingwood. We are hoping again for a sellout crowd and look forward to our return date. Fabulous staff, food, dance floor, patio… there isn’t a better place to be on a summer’s night. See you there and don’t forget to make your reservations early. 7 p.m. start.

Thursday, July 21st you will find us at the OLG Slots and Casino in Ajax, Ontario playing from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Open to the public, we look forward to seeing you there. We are really looking forward to this performance; it should be a fabulous night. Check out the band, check out the slots…..it could be your lucky night!

See details on our web for these and other upcoming events.

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Newsletter – May 2016

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As Kool and the Gang would sing…”Celebrate Good Times……Come on!”

Hope to see you this Spring.

With the arrival of Spring the band has two major venue performances this month….Koerner Hall and Lindsay Fairgrounds.

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ROCK THE BLUES AWAY with A Night at Koerner Hall at the TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning, Toronto, Friday, May 6th 8:00 pm brought to you by The Psychology Foundation of Canada and their generous supporters and sponsors.

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All proceeds in support of children’s mental health.

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Mr. Duff Roman will be our MC

In addition to our performance we are joined by a variety of other amazing talent for what promises to be night to remember. Please join us.

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LINDSAY FAIRGROUNDS is the place to be on Saturday, May 28th 8:00 pm when the Lindsay Curling Club brings you 60 years of Little Caesar and the Consuls music and memories. This promises to be the dance of all dances for the year.

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Past history in Ontario says that the month of May was the traditional opening date for cottages and Ontario’s dance pavilions.

The following is an article that you are sure to enjoy:

~ The Pavilion ~

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Dancing at the Pavilion is always associated with happiness. No matter what the style of music, its infectious rhythm calls people together, to start moving, to dance, to have fun. People meet people; friendships are made; some fall in love. The love-songs the bands play become a very personal thing to lovers. The chord changes, the lyrics, the melody all reach the inner soul and the song becomes “our song”. The words may change, but the feeling is always deep, true and enduring.

So another summer at the Pavilion brings exciting groups to provide happy music for you to enjoy, to dance and to make friends. *

– Reprinted from a 1972 Sauble Beach Pavilion events poster

LINDSAY FAIRGROUNDS……your Pavilion for a night. See you on the dance floor.

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Newsletter – March 2016

To all those who ventured out on one of the coldest nights in February to attend the Valentine’s Dinner & Dance at Oshawa’s LVIV Hall on Saturday, February 13th, 2016 we say Thank You!

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Little Caesar & The Consuls AND Par Four at Oshawa’s Lviv Hall

For those who chose to stay tucked in at home we say ..…you missed one great Valentine’s Gala. Between ourselves and the other band, our good friends the Par Four, the dance floor was packed all night.

A special Thank You to Stu Smith of the Par Four and all those that helped put the night together including the incredible stage set-up, sound and light production provided by Dave Smith.

No complaints from any of us as we loaded up our gear at the end of the night with minus 25 degrees Celsius temperatures. Knowing how much everyone enjoyed the evening made it all worthwhile.

Now that February is in our rear view mirror it’s time to turn our thoughts to March….

A Night at Koerner Hall – May 6th, 2016

What does March have in store for Little Caesar and the Consuls?  Well, we have a very busy rehearsal schedule this month all in preparation for the upcoming A Night at Koerner HallRock the Blues Away Concert.

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This event will be held at Koerner Hall, Toronto, Ontario on Friday, May 6th, 2016 at 8 p.m. presented by the Psychology Foundation of Canada.

A huge Thank You to Andrea Iscoe, Concert Promoter who produced in 2010 “ A Night at Massey Hall” in support of SOS Children’s Villages, which is the world’s largest orphan and abandoned children’s charity in the world, located in 132 countries worldwide. It was a real honour that year to perform on stage at Toronto’s Massey Hall in support of that charity.

With the success of the Massey Hall Concert in 2010, once again Andrea rises to the challenge and combines her talent and amazing energy to produce A Night at Koerner Hall”.

We will be sharing the stage with some amazing talent including a special guest appearance by Liona Boyd.

To purchase tickets

All proceeds from this event will be going to the Psychology Foundation of Canada who provides programming encouraging good mental health in Canada for all ages.

We look forward to you joining us at Koerner Hall.

ALL ABOARD Saturday May 28th, 2016

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Jump on board as we set sail for a “rock ‘n and roll ‘n” evening of music and memories hosted by the Lindsay Curling Club.

Sea Cruise our opening number is guaranteed to get you out on the dance floor and set the pace for the rest of the night.

If cruising isn’t your thing you can always go riding in our “Buick 59”….Remember it has two carburetors!

Tickets:

We are looking for a sellout crowd so get your tickets early from any of these locations – click on the chart below.CurlingTickets

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We look forward to seeing you.

 

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Newsletter – February 2016

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The folks in Collingwood on Saturday evening really enjoyed the music of Caesar and getting down on the dance floor.

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We rocked the night away and most of the Sold Out crowd stayed until the very end of the show, with shouts of “Encore! Encore!” .

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Lviv Hall, Valentines Dance, February 13, 2016

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Russ, Noel White, Marty – Noel in the middle was from Montreal, a Caesar fan from way back, and wanted us to sign his 45 record of Sloopy, which we did.

Coming Events…

SATURDAY, May 6TH, 2016

A Night At Koerner Hall

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The Psychology Foundation of Canada presents A Night at Koerner Hall, showcasing local talented youth and adults as well as some of Canada’s greats from the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s, to benefit children’s mental health in Canada.

This exciting event will be held on Friday May 6th, 2016 at Koerner Hall in Toronto and will feature Canada’s longest running rock band Little Caesar and the Consuls as they celebrate their 60th Anniversary, Mr. CHUM and Canadian Hall of Famer Duff Roman will be joined by Liona Boyd, York University School of Dance, Etobicoke School of the Arts, The Dylan Tree and many more.

It is a fundraising event for The Psychology Foundation of Canada’s skill building programs to put children and their families on a pathway to resiliency. A Night at Koerner Hall will be an evening to “Rock the Blues Away”; support the PFC’s efforts in reducing mental illness in Canada while rocking out to your favourite tunes from the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s! The evening will include a VIP reception, two full acts of over 40 dance, music, and entertainment pieces, and a 50/50 draw.

The Psychology Foundation of Canada is a national registered charity dedicated to supporting parents and strengthening families through a number of initiatives, including creating educational resources, developing training programs for parents and professionals, and delivering community-based programs through diverse partnerships across Canada. PFC has provided support and services to Canadians for over 40 years.

The funds provided by A Night at Koerner Hall will be used for furthering the development, circulation, and research of these programs and resources.

SATURDAY, May 28TH, 2016

LINDSAY FAIRGROUNDS

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Lindsay Curling Club presents Music and Memories – Dance at the Fairgrounds

8 p.m. to 12 midnight. We are thrilled to be back in Lindsay.

SATURDAY, July 9TH, 2016

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A great dance floor and fabulous food. Our recent Feb. 6th date was SOLD OUT.

SATURDAY, August 13TH, 2016

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Headlining the festival this year we hit the stage at 8 p.m.

SATURDAY, October 22, 2016

HISTORIC ACTON TOWN HALL,

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We look forward to returning once again to the beautiful restored Acton Town Hall for a dance 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.

SATURDAY, November 19TH, 2016

THE OLD MILL,

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Please join us at the beautiful Old Mill in Toronto for a dinner and dance starting at 8 p.m. to 11:45 p.m. The Old Mill is a perfect destination for that special evening out. Having played there on many occasions, we look forward to our return. Reservations are recommended.

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Newsletter – January 2016

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2016 is here and before we begin to tell you about some exciting upcoming events may we extend a Happy New Year to all our Caesar fans.

This year marks the 60th Anniversary of Little Caesar & the Consuls, since 1956. It seems like it was just yesterday when we celebrated our 50th in 2006.

2006 was a great year, new custom leather 50th Anniversary Jackets for the band and we were asked to do two very significant performances…

  1. We were honored to perform for Long and McQuade, Canada’s leading music retailer’s 50th Anniversary Gala at Toronto’s Pheonix Concert Theatre. It was a fabulous evening of live music and presentations.
  2. Toronto’s radio station CHUM 105O also celebrated their 50th that year and we performed at a huge outdoor event staged at Nathan Phillips Square.

You see, 1956 was the startup year for many good things. It proved to be a recipe for success and longevity not only for Long and McQuade and CHUM but for Little Caesar & the Consuls as well. Take five talented young musicians, add some instruments of their choosing, record some songs and mix gently, coat it with some vinyl and let the radio station do the rest. The result, several Canadian hits.

A lot of rock and roll has come and gone during the past six decades. There is something to be said about continuing a legacy. We like to think that’s exactly what we are doing. We believe the current makeup of the band is the perfect recipe for continued success.

Continuing to perform and seeing all the familiar faces on the dance floor is what keeps us going. We thank you and look forward to seeing many of you this year.

– Martin, Walter, Sam, Russ and Phil

February Events:

Saturday, February 6th takes us to Collingwood to the Harbour Street Fish Bar. After a day on the ski slopes gather up some friends and join us for what promises to be a great night with dancing from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Phone (705) 293-3474 for tickets and reservations.

Saturday, February 13th is a Valentine’s Dinner and Dance at LVIV Hall in Oshawa, Ontario. A huge dance floor and the best Ukrainian food ever await you. Tickets for dinner and dance are $85./each or $95./each after February 1st. For dance only, $50./each. Tickets are selling fast, so get them early to avoid disappointment.

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Details about February Events:

As we have mentioned in previous newsletters, 2016 marks the 60th Anniversary of Little Caesar & The Consuls (since 1956) and the New Year kicks off with lots of excitement…

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 6TH, 2016

Harbour Street Fish Bar
7 P.M. TO 11 P.M

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10 Keith Ave
Collingwood, Ontario

Located in the Cranberry Mews just next to Cranberry Resort (north on Hwy. 26, past the Canadian Tire)

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The Harbour Street Fish Bar pride themselves on serving the freshest and finest quality fish, steak, seafood and pasta.

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Collingwood’s Harbour Street Fish Bar has a nice dance floor for getting down to some serious movin’ and groovin’

FOR TICKETS AND RESERVATIONS CALL (705) 293-3474

We thank Wayne Buttery of the Groove Project and Jay Lapetina, owner for inviting the band.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 13TH, 2016

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featuring the music of TWO bands:

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Little Caesar & The Consuls

APPEARING AT

Lviv Hall

38 Lviv Blvd., Oshawa, Ontario

DOORS OPEN 6 P.M. ~~ DINNER 7 P.M. ~~ DANCING 8:30 P.M.

Since 1982, Lviv Hall is the first choice for Durham Region’s Special functions.

The organizers of this event say: “Dinner will be a beautiful  candlelight UKRAINIAN meal with all the trimmings, including salad and rolls, roast potatoes, garden vegetables, shishkabobs, cabbage rolls and perogies with sour cream,  sausages and sauerkraut,  followed by tea or coffee and dessert – all home cooked and made right there on the spot, this scrumptious spread will be served buffet style.

THIS WILL BE A VALENTINES NIGHT TO REMEMBER.

TICKETS: $85./each IF PURCHASED BY FEB 1st 2016 OR $95./each AFTER THAT DATE .  $50./each FOR JUST THE DANCE

CALL EARLY AS TABLES ARE ALREADY BEING ORDERED. DON’T MISS OUT ON AN OPPORTUNITY TO DANCE TO THESE TWO SEASONED BANDS AND RELIVE THE MAGIC .

Turn back the Time Machine to October 28th, 1978 at Oshawa’s Civic Auditorium…  Little Caesar & The Consuls performed on the same stage with The PAR FOUR. Here is a vintage poster…

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October 28th, 1978 at Oshawa’s Civic Auditorium was the last time these two bands performed together on one stage.

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