Writer David McPherson on the legacy of the Horseshoe Tavern

The Horseshoe Tavern has been a fixture of the Toronto music scene for 70 years now, playing host to everyone from Willie Nelson to Stompin’ Tom Connors, Loretta Lynn, Blue Rodeo, the Tragically Hip and the Rolling Stones. The walls of the joint can’t talk, but others can and did to David McPherson, author of The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern: A Complete History, a colourful and meticulous account of the iconic venue. The Globe and Mail spoke to the veteran journalist at – where else? – the ‘Shoe.

When people talk about the legacy of the Horseshoe Tavern, the history tends to begin with Stompin’ Tom Connors in the 1960s and seventies. But it began before that, with an international reputation, right?

It did. When they first brought music in here, it slowly became the spot for a lot of Nashville artists. Before Stompin’ Tom ever played the Horseshoe, he knew it was the place he wanted to play. He kept bugging the owner, Jack Starr, until he finally got his chance to get in here. So, yes, the reputation preceded Stompin’ Tom.

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A book about the Horseshoe Tavern is on the way

The average concert-going Toronto rock fan has a story or two about the Horseshoe, which opened in 1947 and has hosted everyone from Etta James to the Stones to the Talking Heads to Stompin’ Tom Connors to the Pixies on its stage.

Local author David McPherson has gathered many of those stories for his forthcoming book, The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern: A Complete History, set for publication by Dundurn Press on September 23.

“When it comes to live music in North America, there are few places that can match the storied building at 370 Queen West,” McPherson tells NOW. “The Horseshoe is a beacon for music lovers, a pilgrimage place for those who love and understand its significance as part of Toronto’s rich musical landscape.” Read the rest of the story here: https://nowtoronto.com/music/features/a-book-about-the-horseshoe-tavern-is-on-the-way/

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New Book on the History of Toronto’s Legendary Horseshoe Tavern Coming Soon

It started as a blacksmith’s shop around 1860 before flipping to a tavern and music venue almost a hundred years later. Today, the Horseshoe Tavern is still in operation on Queen Street West in Toronto.

There have been plenty of articles on the ‘Shoe over the years but never a full and proper book. David McPherson has fixed that. Read the rest of this post: http://ajournalofmusicalthings.com/new-book-history-torontos-legendary-horseshoe-tavern-coming-soon/

FYI Music News

The Horseshoe Tavern, known as The Horseshoe or The ‘Shoe to locals, has been a fixture at the northeast corner of Queen at Spadina in downtown Toronto for seven decades. Started by Jack Starr as country and western club on the site of a former blacksmith shop, over the years its been home to a history book of country, rockabilly, rock ‘n’ roll, punk, alt/country, and roots musicians of all colours and persuasions.

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