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      The Great Lakes Surf Battle 5-7th June 2015


      The Great Lakes Surf Battle is an annual festival that takes place in Toronto during the first weekend of June. Focusing on instrumental surf rock, the goal of the GLSB is to unite surf bands from various parts of the world.

      Great Lakes Surf BattleThe festival was created in 2006 by Blue Demon and Dano Villano as a means of celebrating the arrival of Tiki Tena from California. Tena had been well known on the surf music scene as a promoter of surf shows and strong supporter of the genre. The two day festival initially took place at local venues such as the Smilin' Buddha, Mitzi's Sister, and Rancho Relaxo before making the Cadillac Lounge its permanent venue for the two main nights of music.

      The GLSB has hosted more than 40 instrumental surf bands from all over North America during the course of a decade. Occasionally, bands from the garage rock, rockabilly, and punk genres have been added to the bill as the "token non-surf band." Local rock'n roll dj's, burlesque dancers, sideshow acts, MC's, and other personalities have also been featured as part of the weekend festivities. Along with after parties at the Oasis Aqualounge and various "undisclosed locations", the Great Lakes Surf Battle has become a fixture on the Toronto music scene.

      Awards given to the bands involved in the battle include the Surf Battle Cup winners for nights 1 and 2. The Freaky Tiki Cup is given to the winners of the final Sunday afternoon contest. The mysterious Cthulhu Cup is given out at random based on unknown criteria. Prizes have also been awarded to concert goers who participate in beach themed contests for best bikini, best dressed lady, or wildest Hawaiian shirt. The GLSB also features vendors that specialize in unique jewelry, clothing, and crafts.

      Other events affiliated with the GLSB include the upcoming Fall Brawl plus more TBA.

      And we will be broadcasting the event live on

      This year boasts an all star roster of bands and players who've been involved since the first festival and new faces shall join us. As always, our special guest is the First Lady of Surf Music, Tiki Tena!

      Three days of wild instrumental tunes, gogo dancing, and some of the most talented musicians in the music scene today!

      FRIDAY JUNE 5 @ the Cadillac Lounge

      SHOW 8pm EST SHARP! (Doors 7pm)

      Luau or Die
      The Blue Demons
      The Robots
      The Gnarly Ones
      King Beez
      The Black Eleven
      DJ Derk
      SATURDAY JUNE 6 @ the Cadillac Lounge

      SHOW 8pm EST SHARP! (Doors 7pm)

      The Reverb Syndicate
      Rocket XL5
      The Huaraches
      The Men In Gray Suits
      The Cliff Divers
      With your incomparable M.C The Canadian Wolfman

      Special guest "The First Lady of Surf " Tiki Tena from California

      Who will win this year's GLSB Trophies for Night 1 and 2? Who will win the mysterious Cthulhu Cup?

      Only $10 at the door each night

      *GLSB continues for night 3 at The Casbah in HAMILTON, Ontario. Please follow the link to the event page:

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