The Horseshoe Tavern
370 Queen Street West, Toronto, Canada
416 598 4753
The Horseshoe Tavern Toronto Reviews
It's not called "Legendary" for nothing! May 22, 2011
The Horseshoe Tavern dates back to as far as 1947. In those days the bar was pretty well known as being a kind of rough spot since a famous bank robber used to drink there.
Basically the Shoe (as we locals like to call it) is one of the only bars I know of to carry some heavy duty credentials in the music industry. During the 60s the bar was the go to spot to hear live shows. It catered to country, bluegrass and rockabilly music talent. Ive heard older folk reminisce about the times when they saw country legends like Willie Nelson and Conway Twitty perform there.
The bar still has its older patrons but a much younger and hipper crowd goes to the Shoe now. The bar works along side with Toronto radio stations, djs and promotors to give local bands a chance to perform. What was once a country rock bar now plays host to some of the best Canadian alterna/indie rock talent. Bands like The Trews, The Sadies, Arcade Fire and Franz Ferdinand all did their early Toronto shows at the Shoe.
The Shoe has maintained its rustic feel with a long wooden bar in the front followed by a pool table and a stage in the back room. My friends and I love going here to check out the newest bands or even support people we know who happen to be performing.
The best part about the Shoe is its notorious for being the location for "secret shows". Often times a big band will perform at a larger venue and then have a secret show somewhere else. Rolling Stones, Blue Rodeo and Melissa Ethridge are just a few to have performed a show here on the sly;)
The Shoe is most definitely the place to be during music festivals like North by NorthEast (NXNE) and Canadian Music Week. The back room is packed with people and the bar stays open til 4am . Woo Hoo!
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