Infusing their lives with musical action, never idle, not waiting for it to happen, Crossdockers are making it happen, making their destiny real and one gig at a time. Music makers require creative scientists, engineers, and technologists to make it happen and Cross Dockers, are just that. Extremely intelligent and hard-working blue collar family guys, with children and bills, but, hearts that possess that Rock ‘n’ Roll Fantasy with a passion for music and a dream to share their talents with the world.
Though new on the scene just under 2 years, their sound is powerful and addictive. There is no scarcity of opportunities these days for this acoustic rock band from Brampton, who have garnered attention of Black Moon Entertainment and are sharing performances with Killer Dwarfs and Honeymoon Suite; the skies the limit. These newest music icons on the horizon wear their heart on their sleeves, possess a thirst to travel and make great musical impressions with each strum and vocal lick.
Brampton’s best kept secret is out! Jay Alan on lead vocals as a Multi-Instrumentalist, with Alex Broadhead as Lead Guitarist, Ryan Wilbur on Bass/Vocals and Rob Russell on Drums, Crossdockers are rockin socks off all over the Ontario scene.
Formed originally around 2 guys, who met at a cross dock facility, who talked about music and found out that both of where dedicated songwriters, one night they brought in their guitars, jammed it out in the back of a 53 foot trailer in the yard and has grown to be based on 4 young and seasoned musicians and the rest is history. Crossdockers perform regularly at The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern, The Legendary Lee’s Palace, Phoenix Nightclub just to name a few. This act have a plethora of creativity and passion, which drives them to leave you, inspired and in the rock n roll frame of mind. With recorded songs like Lip Service Essence, Skip, Curvature, mixed with stage presence and humour, makes this foursome stand out above the rest, by far the paint brush to their sound. Pure, raw and real with no loops, no auto tune, their lyrics are unique, unlike another.
Some people like to fish, watch sports, collect stamps or by shoes; however, with a song shelf of over 60 songs, the Crossdockers like to record, write, jam, laugh and create. I introduce you to the world of the Crossdockers, who are full of thrilling, liberating sounds, with excitement and fantasy, complete with great emotional expression and valuable insight.
The building is about 100 years old and was at one point a bank. On 5 September 1985, Lee's Palace was opened as a Music Club by Mr. Lee, the venue's namesake, with dancing on the top floor and live music on the main floor, much as it is today.
In 2001, Lee died and sold to a Mr. Kang. In 2006, the business change hands again to the current owners.
Lee's Palace is a Toronto hotspot for live music. Known for its intimacy and strong acoustics, it hosts live music nearly every night of the week. The music genre generally played at Lee's Palace is alternative rock. Canadian music groups such as Moist, Sloan, Our Lady Peace, Barenaked Ladies, and The Tragically Hip have played this venue's tiny stage early in their careers. International stars such as The Verve, Nirvana, Tortoise, Blur, The Smashing Pumpkins, Oasis, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Arctic Monkeys and The Magnetic Fields made their Toronto debut at Lee's Palace.
The capacity of the venue is roughly 600 people in the concert area, and more upstairs in the "Dance Cave", the dance club under the same roof. The Dance Cave caters to the alternative rock crowd, playing retro rock, Mod, '60s, Britpop, and indie rock during the week, and straight alternative on the weekends.
Q107 & Black Moon Entertainment and Phoenix Concerts present HONEYMOON SUITE with special guests Gene Pool (featuring Gene Scarpelli) and Black Stone AND Crossdockers on Thursday July 23rd-Doors 8pm 19+ ID required Tickets $40 advance at Ticketweb.ca
Indie Nights SPONSORED by AMSTERDAM & STEAMWHISTLE BREWERIES
8pm start with CROSSDOCKERS headlining at 10pm
Most storefront spaces along Danforth Avenue have gone through numerous incarnations of varying lifespans over the past century. Commercial shells filled and drained like the tide coming in and out on the shore. One establishment is an exception to this story: The Linsmore Tavern, formally known as the Linsmore Hotel. With over 80 years of history on the Danforth and only two owners in its lifespan, I caught up with current owners, Basil Mangano and his son Ryan, to discuss the establishment’s rich history and what it means to keep it in the family.Founded by Max Bloom and Lou Campul, the Linsmore first opened its doors in 1934, shortly after the Ontario Government permitted the liquor licensing of hotels and had ended provincial prohibition. The hotel catered to guests coming in from surrounding small towns mostly east and north of Toronto. Also known as the Kings’ Highway #5, Danforth Avenue was a well-traveled route into Toronto. The original hotel register still exists to this day, covering the war years and documenting the many guests the establishment saw. Linsmore is a time capsule. More than just a building, the richness of its history is found in the regulars who have been frequenting the bar for most of their lives. It is their stories of years past, which animate nostalgia and highlight a living history. For the patrons that have regularly frequented the bar all their life, now in their 70s and 80s, they can testify to the social importance the Linsmore has had in the neighbourhood.