The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern. Legendary isn't an adjective that one just throws around every day, and yet there it sits comfortably in front of one of Toronto's oldest and most beloved bars and live music venues.
If you've been to The 'Shoe...actually, let me start that sentence again. If you haven't been to The 'Shoe, what are you waiting for?
The bar is steeped in history. Besides the well-known fact that the Rolling Stones once graced the stage, other celebrated artists - Canadian and otherwise - owe a debt of gratitude to the 'Shoe for being there when they needed it. (Among them are The Tragically Hip, Blue Rodeo, Willie Nelson and Stompin Tom, Ryan and Bryan Adams, and many more).
During a recent visit to this bar and live music venue near the corner of Queen and Spadina, I walk past the patio, get by the friendly-but-just-scary-enough bouncers, and up to the huge bar lined with glasses and bottles. The staff is busy but friendly and efficient, and Bookie's NuMusic night is underway in the back room.
The Horseshoe opened in 1947 and though it went through a name change early on (it used to be called Jack Starr's Country Roots 'n' Rockabilly Tavern), it's been rocking on ever since at good ol' 370 Queen Street West. Originally the bar was a country and blues venue but by the sound coming from the back room, I can see...or hear...a lot has changed, except maybe that every band from in or around Toronto still has that understandable desire to say "we played the 'Shoe last night".
In its 62 years of operation, The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern has built a legacy unlike any other bar in Toronto. The rickety seating in the back room, the stools at the bar, the underground washrooms that share a wall with the bands' green room, and every black-and-white tile on the dance floor all make up the bar's charm. Every time I go to the Shoe it's a different experience, even if I'm doing the same old thing.
Writing by Andrew Hanna
Join us on January 21 for another night of great tunes at The Horseshoe Tavern!
DOORS @ 8PM
The Celebration Army - 12:30 AM
Luke Austin - 11:30 PM
The Cheap Flights - 10:30 PM
Midnight Shine - 9:30 PM
Lemon Cash - 8:30 PM
Final show of The Class Of 2017 series - best bet bands of the new year - co-presented by Exclaim! in celebration of their 25th anniversary featuring...
shy kids https://soundcloud.com/shy-kids
Common Deer http://www.commondeermusic.com/
Raven Shields http://www.ravenshields.com/
Advance Tickets $10 on sale @ Ticketfly: CLICK HERE http://www.ticketfly.com/event/1399863-exclaim-class-2017-shy-toronto/
Every Friday in February at the Horseshoe, with a different theme each week. It's our favourite annual tradition!
$20 at the door. No advance tickets. First come, first served.
Horseshoe Tavern presents
Chuck Prophet Official & The Mission Express
8:30PM / 19
Advance tickets at Horseshoe Tavern, Rotate This, Soundscapes, and Ticketfly
The Slivers make their very first appearance at The Horseshoe Tavern. This is a rock and roll band straight out of Toronto with a new sound that is bound to chill you to the bone. The show is FREE on a first come basis. February 6th, 2017. Doors at 8 with music starting at 9pm. Three band bill with The Slivers on at 10:15 pm.
Join us on the evening of January 22nd for a night of music and poetry brought to you by local Toronto musicians and artists.
8:00pm - Doors (come get a beer!)
8:30pm - Yolanda Ho
9:00pm - Chris Blachford and Nicole Dionne
** Open Mic begins at 9:30pm **
Admission at the door is $5 (higher donations are welcome). All proceeds for the event will go to Engage and Change, the organization spearheading Project Winter Survial and Project Water. Project Winter Survival/Project Water is an initiative that assembles "survival kits" that are distributed throughout Ontario to organizations that conduct outreach programs. This year, Project Winter Survival received over 13,000 requests for survival kits alone.
If you are a local artist/musician/comedian that would like to sign up for the Open Mic segment of the night, please contact the event organizer by emailing email@example.com
TORONTO!!! We're stoked to announce a series of headline shows where we will be performing the new material we've been working on for the past 10 months. Can't wait to show you what we've be sittin on.
MRG Concerts Ontario & Collective Concerts present:
Busty and the Bass, 2 NIGHTS IN TORONTO
Horseshoe Tavern - February 2 & 4
Tickets on sale Friday, Nov 4.
Feb 2 tickets - https://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/1376991
Feb 4 tickets - https://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/1376993