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Submitted by Sandy Graham The Horseshoe Tavern, The Horseshoe, The ‘Shoe – all the names patrons have called this legendary, iconic building over the years. Also iconic are the artists that have played there; it was a country haven in a town like TO that favored R&B clubs. The continuing rumor that Hank Williams graced the stage when it really was Sneezy Waters and The Show He Never Gave. Like the Queen Street strip that has been its home for seven decades, the Horseshoe Tavern continues to evolve. It remains as relevant today as it did when Jack Starr founded the country music club on the site of a former blacksmith shop, probably the reason it was called The Horseshoe Tavern. From country and rockabilly to rock ‘n’ roll, punk, alt/country, and back to roots music, the venerable live music venue has evolved with the times and trends — always keeping pace with the music. Author Dave McPhersonPhotos By HollyWithin that plethora of artists there was also the colorful staff and regulars of the Horseshoe. Teddy Fury, drummer for Toronto’s original rockabilly band, The Bopcats, has held court at the main bar for decades. (The book features his background and story as well.) For many years the pool room dominated the main floor, and regulars who sat at that bar had their own pool cues in bags alongside them. Later, the Horseshoe would be cut in half and made smaller on the main floor. The transitions this nightclub had experienced also included; when it went from country to punk, the famous Two Garys becoming the bookers, X-Ray and friends, and Stagger Lee’s when the Horseshoe was on the brink of bankruptcy. But somehow it survived, was renamed The Horseshoe, and to this day it is still a stage that new indie acts strive to play the Saturday night slot, working their way up from the weekday position. Over its long history, the Horseshoe has seen a flood of talent pass through. From Willie Nelson to Loretta Lynn, Stompin’ Tom Connors to The Band, and Bryan Adams to the Tragically Hip, the Horseshoe has attracted premier acts from all eras of music. In The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern, David McPherson captures the turbulent life of the bar, and of Canadian rock and how it evolved in the Big Smoke. McPherson this complete history of Toronto’s legendary Horseshoe Tavern, “the Birthplace of Canadian Rock,” to coincide with its seventieth anniversary. Eary Postcard...

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