The Legend Of the Horseshoe Tavern

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.

Over its seventy-year history, the Horseshoe has had Willie Nelson, Loretta Lynn, Waylon Jennings, Stompin’ Tom, The Band, the MC-5, Viletones and Blue Rodeo grace its stage, and  "JC", Ken Sprackman, Craig Laskey, Michael (X-Ray) Macrae, Dan Akroyd, and Richard Kruk have shared ownership of the club with the Starrs at various times.

Public relations maven David McPherson has captured many of the stories that frame the history of this extraordinary Queen Street club in The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern, A Complete History, to be published by Dundurn Press to coincide with the club's actual anniversary.



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