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.


Newsletter – December 2016


Toronto’s Old Mill Inn was a happening place on Saturday, November 19th, 2016 when we played for an almost sold out crowd. What a fantastic evening it was. It was good to be back.

A huge thank you to all those that came out to see us and a thank you also to the staff at the Old Mill and to Rick Boffo for stage setup and sound production for the evening.  As Frankie Valle and the Four Seasons sang….”O What a Night”. We look forward to a return engagement.

December is a busy month for many as we all prepare for the Christmas holidays and the New Year.

Some exciting news…..

Showplace Entertainment
is proud to present
Little Caesar and the Consuls

1872 Sawmill Road
Conestoga, On
N0B 1N0
Tel: (519) 664-2223

Check out as well:

Call and Reserve early for the Black Forest Inn dinner/show package

Showtime 8:30 p.m.

Merry Christmas and a Healthy and Prosperous New Year to all.

Musically yours,

Martin, Sam, Russ, Phil and Walter


Newsletter for November 2016

WOW! What a month October 2016 has been with two SOLD OUT dances – one in Mississauga and the other in Acton.

We now look forward to our upcoming appearance at The Old Mill, Toronto.


The Old Mill Tea Garden restaurant was founded by R. Home Smith in 1914, next to the ruins of an old grist mill on the Humber River in The Kingsway district of Toronto. It became a great place for dancing to big band music in the 1920s. In 1983 it was designated as a heritage property by the former city of Etobicoke and retains that designation with Toronto.











Newsletter update – October 2016


Well, frost may be coming to the pumpkin, but there’s no cooling down for Little Caesar and The Consuls…

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.

Then on Saturday October 22nd we will be performing at the beautifully restored ACTON TOWN HALL, Acton, Ontario.


evening-of-rock-n-roll-poster-with-pic-2016-with-website-ticket-info-copyDANCE  7 to 11 P.M.
Hosted by Heritage Acton

To reserve tickets visit their website: and follow the link to buy tickets with your credit card


Newsletter – September and October 2016

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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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.


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

Hosted by Heritage Acton.

To reserve tickets call (905)877-5572