Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Horseshoe Anniversary

The Horseshoe Tavern on Queen St west opened on December 9 1947 meaning that this week it has celebrated its 65th Anniversary! The building started in 1861 as a blacksmith's shop before becoming the Horseshoe Tavern which opened as a eatery-tavern but is now a concert venue with no food. Through the years it has been a country music venue, then punk and now is mostly rock but you can find anything there really. Even the Rolling Stones have played there during one of their tour warm-ups when they were living here for months at a time. Rock on, Horseshoe!
Taking part in Signs, Signs. Click here for more signs.

27 comments:

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Gosh that's quite a history Pat, the Rolling Stones even ! I'm having a hard time imagining it as a 'punk' venue!!

EG CameraGirl said...

That building sure has a fun history!

Marleen said...

Cool place to be.

Halcyon said...

Cool! I'll have to check it out one of these days. :)

Gemma Wiseman said...

A tavern with a musical history! I imagine that would make some fine stories! Looks intriguing!

Sandy said...

Wow so much to see in Toronto. Never ending. Looks like the music scene never gets boring either.=)

Shaun Gibbs said...

Being a Rock mega fan i would love to visit here. Great post.

Andy said...

The Horseshoe deserves to be labelled a legend.

Pat said...

Awesome! Party on!

Jim said...

Seems like a very North American style sign.

Deb said...

Goodness the Horseshoe Tavern is even older than the Rolling Stones!

Lowell said...

Who would think that such a humble place would have such a luminous lineage? Amazing. It looks rather small for a concert venue but maybe that's the attraction.

Taken For Granted said...

Hard to picture the Stones playing here, but history has a way be taking some odd turns. Fine sign and photo. Thanks for your post.

thirtysevenandcounting said...

Quite the history! "If walls could talk...!"

Madge Bloom said...

Cool!

David Oliver said...

It is hard to imagine a building still in use after 15 years. Imagine the stories there are about that building.

Jack said...

For any tavern to last 65 years is an accomplishment. Go on back there and hoist one for me and another for yourself.

Randy said...

Looks like a fun place.

Dianne said...

Bravo to the tavern!!

Sharon said...

There must be a lot of rock & roll history in this place if the walls could talk.

llandudnopictures said...

I'm sure I visited this place in the early 90's, looks very familiar. Great place!

ArtandArchitecture-SF.com said...

Had a beer there, just because it looked cool, I had no idea it had such an amazing history

VioletSky said...

It is legendary and yet looks so unassuming!!

Lesley said...

I have been here and am glad that it is still around. Though a little saddened that it only a concert venue.

LindyLouMac in Italy said...

Calling by from the signs meme as another participant, interesting story behind this particular sign.

NixBlog said...

Nice to see it's still around!

William Kendall said...

It's been awhile since I've been there; good to know it's still around!

It's a heck of a place...