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I SSUE 001 • T UESDAY , F EBRUARY 11, 2014 ENTERTAINMENT

Linsmore raises the bar for East York live music sympathy votes from anyone. Longtime owner Basil Mangano’s son Ryan is in the driver’s seat these days and he’s transformed the once-dowdy room at the corner of Linnsmore Crescent and Danforth Ave. (a few steps south of the Greenwood subway exit) into a very different place than the one your grandfather would have drank in. He’s made some very obvious alterations to the actual premises, starting with a brand new outer facade that looks neat, clean and, while it still echoes the old-school days of brick and mortar, is also sharp and attractive to the eye. A new logo and name sign went up last year along with a marquee sign that is used to trumpet the various live entertainment attractions now -FACEBOOK being booked into the room five times a week. Acclaimed singer John Dickie Sundays.

BY GARY 17, MUSIC WRITER Everyone loves an comeback story and most of us can’t help but root for the underdog. But while both may have some application to the venerable (if ancient) Linsmore Tavern, the EY room, under a new generation of guidance, is doing fine enough these days without needing any

An open stage (full disclosure —I’m the host!) takes place every Tuesday, Thursdays sees a variety of “Indie” bands from various genres (it could be anything from Folk to Punk) and Sunday afternoons there’s now a world-beater of a 3-7 matinée show featuring acclaimed veteran players John Dickie, Ian de Souza and Pat Perez as part of an R&B combo that would be at home on any stage —for no cover! Friday and Saturday nights feature an eclectic mix of live bands that includes a number of highly sought-after tribute acts as well as some of the hot young newer acts. The genres span everything from Country through Rock, Pop and so on. Most weekend nights there’s no cover unless it’s one of the top-end tribute acts. Oh ya, and the 79-year old watering hole also now has a website with the full lineup -visit www.linsmoretavern.com .

Plenty of East York performers at Winterfolk XII In addition to the fact that, except for a offered protection few high-profile from the weather, its concerts, all of the high prices for food shows are free (the and drinks, the festival does attempt unsuitability of to solicit donations to some of the rooms help support its for the acoustic operation) there will music being be a number of “open offfered and the stage” events this year lack of a sense of at which anyone can “being together” that seeing others on get up and perform as part of the festival. the street creates With popular local impaired the sense host Nicola Vaughan of a festival in charge of one of the experience for open events (she also many. There should be hosts a weekly Wed. no shortage of bon open stage at Black Swan, as well as a hommie at this Sunday afternoon one year’s event, at Hirut at 2050 however.

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Danforth Ave.) it can be expected that this alone would ensure the likelihood of many local performers attending. But the official festival schedule itself is also replete with some of the finest talents the East York area has to offer —and that’s an impressive array indeed. As they have since the very beginning of the festival, for example, two highly regarded songwriters who’ve lived their entire lives in the area are again on board: protest songwriter Sebastian Agnello (who also hosts a Mon. night open stage at Black Swan) and award-winning Folkie Peter Verity (who appears at the Swan every Tuesday) will be prominently on the bill. And a much younger but perhaps even better known -MICHELE O’NEILL songwriter, Julian

Taylor of the late Staggered Crossing band that made a big dent in the Pop charts a decade ago, and who’s now emerging as a formidable Pop/Reggae/R&B talent in his own right, will also be -GARY 17 featured. He also Pete Otis hosts a weekly open mic songwriting talents Mondays at Dora that includes locals Keogh and his new such as Paul Cross, eponymous band was Harpin’ Norm Lucien, the headlining finale Trevor Jones and act at last year‘s Taste Vaughan. Of The Danforth main Certainly there will stage, while he’s also be lots of reasons for seeing tunes used by East Yorker to forgive tv shows and getting the festival for its major label interest. brief hiatus elsewhere Another injection and perhaps, in the of local talent will long run, that’s for the come from the best for both parties. contributions of EY As the song says, impresario Pete Otis. “sometimes you don’t In addition to staging know what you’ve got a tribute Honouring till it’s gone” and Our Own concert for Juno-winning guitarist possibly likewise festival organizers and composer Tony have been reminded Quarrington, Otis’s SongTown enterprise of the truth behind the will also put on a two- old maxim that “home is where the heart is.” hour showcase of Welcome back!


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