The Horseshoe: A Legend 60 Years In The Making

The Horseshoe: A Legend 60 Years In The Making


This Sunday, Toronto's Legendary Horseshoe Tavern turns 60. Since it first opened its doors on December 9, 1946 it has been one of the key live music venues (and watering holes) in our city.

A quick history lesson: The building started off as a blacksmith shop in 1861. When it opened as the Horseshoe Tavern it was an 87-seat saloon that featured country, roots and rockabilly music. Superstar acts like The Police, The Rolling Stones and The Ramones performed there and The Stones even filmed a 75-minute MTV concert at the 'Shoe in 1997.

To commemorate this impressive milestone, owners Jeff Cohen and Craig Laskey have put together a series of rock 'n roll shows that highlight the spirit of what the Horseshoe is today: a great place to drink and see live music.

This series kicked off earlier this week with local indie heroes The Lowest of the Low, and it continues until Christmas. Highlights will almost certainly include Joel Plaskett's six-night run, The Skydiggers' Christmas shows, and the two nights that will feature secret line-ups.

Head on over to the Horseshoe's "Who's Playing" page for all the details.

(Photo: The Horseshoe in 1971. Credit: Stevedore Steve)


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