December 9, 1947

December9Today in 1947, the legendary Horseshoe Tavern opened in Toronto.

The famous bar on Queen St. became one of the premier country clubs in Canada during the ’50s and ’60s. Several soon-to-be stars performed, including Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, George Hamilton IV, Bill Anderson, Charley Pride and Loretta Lynn.

Stompin’ Tom Connors immortalized the club in his song, ‘Horseshoe Hotel Song’.

The early ’70s saw local performers like the Band, Bruce Cockburn and the Good Brothers play regularly. Later that decade, the original owner retired and new owners/promoters ushered in the punk era – including the Police, the Talking Heads, the Cramps, the Ramones, MC-5 and The Stranglers.

The bar has sustained through the ups and downs of the music business. It is a staple of independent music in Toronto, and has certainly earned its title as the Legendary Horseshoe Tavern.

Learn more about the bar’s history here.

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