Horseshoe Tavern

News

November, 11, 2020

Following the recommendations of the City of Toronto, the Horseshoe Tavern live room and front bar will remain closed until further notice. We are working to reschedule all upcoming shows; ticket holders will be notified when these changes are made.
 
The venue’s expanded front patio, equipped with heaters and wind barriers, is open under the expanded CafeTO program. For now we are only operating the front bar washrooms and seating is first come, first serve, with limited capacity. Please note our updated patio hours: Monday-Thursday: 12pm to 9pm, Friday/Saturday: 12pm to 11pm, closed Sunday.
 
Regarding postponed and cancelled touring shows, please see our website for any updates. All purchasers will continue to be informed via email. We encourage you to hold onto your tickets for any of the postponed shows as all tickets will be honoured for the new dates. We appreciate your patience as we continue to work to schedule new dates. Refunds will be issued for any cancelled shows. If you purchased tickets online, they will be refunded automatically, but please be patient as it will take time to process each refund. Physical tickets can be refunded in store.
 
We appreciate your patience and understanding during this crazy time and hope everyone is safe and sound. Please email shows@collectiveconcerts.com with any questions or concerns.

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November, 09, 2020

The Horseshoe Tavern live room will be reopening on Saturday, November 14th for the first time since mid-March 2020.

We’ll be taking extra steps to maintain health standards as required in Provincial Regulation 364-20 and the November COVID-19 Response Framework, in ensuring physical distancing to keep everyone safe while being back in the venue listening to live bands, including contact tracing and completing a health questionnaire.

Advance tickets are now available for all upcoming shows at horseshoetavern.com, and are available for purchase on the night of the show. All tickets are seated at tables spaced 2 meters apart, and are sold in bundles of 1, 2, 3 or 4. The stage will be surrounded by a clear plexiglass barrier and our capacity has been reduced to 50. Artists will be mostly performing two 60 minute sets, with doors at 6:30pm (with some exceptions) and sets at 7:15pm & 8:45pm. Alcohol service will end at 9:00pm, and the venue will close at 10:00pm.

The venue’s expanded front patio, equipped with heaters and wind barriers, is open under the expanded CafeTO program, and the venue front bar also re-opens on Saturday, November 14th. For now we are only operating the front bar washrooms and seating is first come, first serve, with limited capacity. Please note our updated patio/bar hours: Monday-Thursday: 12pm to 9pm, Friday/Saturday: 12pm to 11pm, closed Sunday.

Regarding postponed and cancelled shows, please see our website for any updates. All purchasers will continue to be informed via email. We encourage you to hold onto your tickets for any of the postponed shows as all tickets will be honoured for the new dates. We appreciate your patience as we continue to work to schedule new dates. Refunds will be issued for any cancelled shows. If you purchased tickets online, they will be refunded automatically, but please be patient as it will take time to process each refund. Physical tickets can be refunded in store.

We appreciate your patience and understanding during this crazy time and hope everyone is safe and sound.
Please email shows@collectiveconcerts.com with any questions or concerns.

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July, 31, 2020

The Horseshoe Tavern front bar and patio are now open! We’ll be taking extra steps to maintain health standards and ensure social distancing to keep everyone safe while having fun. Please note our updated hours:

Monday to Thursday: 12pm to 10pm
Friday and Saturday: 12pm to 12am
Sunday: 1pm to 9pm

Seating is first come, first serve with limited capacity.

The live room will remain closed until further notice. Please check updated listings here. Purchasers will be informed of any postponements or cancellations via email.

We encourage you to hold onto your tickets for any postponed shows as all tickets will be honoured, and we appreciate your patience as we work to schedule new dates. Refunds will be issued for any cancelled shows. If you purchased tickets online, they will be refunded automatically, but please be patient as it will take time to process each refund. Physical tickets can be refunded in store.

We will continue to update you as more information comes in. We appreciate your patience and understanding during this time and wish everyone the best. Please email shows@collectiveconcerts.com with any questions or concerns.

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March, 11, 2020

We are carefully monitoring the ongoing health concerns as per Toronto Public Health. Right now, all scheduled shows are still taking place, and we are instituting additional precautionary health measures. We will update our website and social media channels for any event cancellations or postponements. Please keep an eye on our social media. If you have any questions, please email shows@collectiveconcerts.com.

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March, 02, 2020

Beach Slang April 20th

Philadelphia’s Beach Slang will be at the Horseshoe Tavern on April 20th, in support of new album Deadbeat Bang of Heartbreak City! Get your tickets here.

 

 

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January, 02, 2020

Olivia Jean January 22nd

We’re excited to welcome Nashville’s Olivia Jean to the Horseshoe Tavern on January 22nd! Part of Third Man Records, Olivia Jean’s gothic garage surf rock is not to be missed. Toronto’s Ichi-Bons are opening the night. Get your tickets now! http://bit.ly/2WMXVKP

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September, 24, 2019

The Horseshoe Tavern Turns 72!

We’re turning 72 this year and we’re celebrating with three nights of 54-40 on December 5th, 6th and 7th! Is there any better way to celebrate your birthday?! We don’t think so and we can’t wait. Stay tuned for special guests! Tickets are available here: http://bit.ly/2lgbtAl

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July, 08, 2019

Summer is Here at the Horseshoe Tavern!

We’ve got a great line-up of music for you at the Horseshoe Tavern this summer! Vancouver’s legendary Odds on July 19th, Portland singer-songwriter Kyle Craft and his band Showboat Honey on July 22nd, and The Fleshtones, garage rockers from Queens, New York on July 28th are just a few of the upcoming shows we’re looking forward to this summer!

Check out our calendar for all the great shows we’ve got coming up.

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June, 07, 2019

NXNE @ the Horseshoe Tavern!

We can’t wait for NXNE to start at the Horseshoe Tavern! On Monday June 9th, Tuesday June 10th and Thursday June 11th, NXNE will be here showcasing amazing musicians from around the world – from Toronto to Iqaluit to Manchester & more. Check out the full listings on our calendar and get your wristbands here. Happy NXNE!

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May, 21, 2019

A note from Horseshoe Tavern owner Jeff Cohen

“Our longtime personal friend and key member of our H-Shoe family, Dave ‘Bookie’ Bookman, 58, passed away last night.

The history of Bookie’s relationship with the Legendary H-Shoe Tavern spanned some 26 years plus – However my personal working relationship started when I owned ‘One Step Beyond’ in Ottawa and had created a radio live to air concert series on CKCU-FM (Carleton University) .

I had booked UIC in for the CKCU series and needed a support act, the station was playing this rather odd folk punk duo, called ‘The Bookman’, who wrote Dylanesque folk ditties ala Billy Bragg and name checked streets/eateries (even delicatessens) in Ottawa.

Dave Bookman was the lead singer.

I don’t think he played an instrument, I’m not certain he even ‘sang’, lol he more talked/babbled his way through the record ala a prior day Craig Finn, but he absolutely jumped around the stage like a nerd jackrabbit on speed, but his intro song stories, and his poetic but silly rhyming imagery, was mega Costello-esque, even more importantly, from my initial contact with Dave, advancing the show, to finally meeting him in person, it was impossible to ignore his massive hi energy effervescent big warm positive personality.

We quickly became close friends.

When I moved to Toronto in 1991 Bookie was one of only 2 people I knew in the big city and he single hand-idly took me around and introduced me to anybody and everybody, at the time he was a volunteer programmer at CIUT, and so he helped get me a show there, which years later morphed into ‘Mod & Rockers’, and he introduced me to Elliott Lefko, who became a career music industry mentor of sorts, he introduced me to the Record Peddler staff, (did you know Bookie managed a record store for years?), who morphed into a major A&R source for my burgeoning punk talent buying career, and most importantly introduced me to the doormen at Lee’s and the Shoe, who made sure I got into every show (even when it was sold out).

It was Bookie that snuck me in the back rear door that famous 90’s Pixies show at the Apocalypse Club.

As legend will have it, sometime in 1994, post the band breakup (bandmate Tim Mech went on to become a pro level touring guitar tech), post managing a record store, and now a daily beat reporter on 102.1 (with Kim Hughes) then booker Yvonne Matsell approached Bookie about having him program a mid-week indie rock night at the venue, potentially sponsored by 102.1 CFNY.

I was a music agent at the time and helped push Bookie into taking it on – At the time the ‘Shoe was struggling and wasn’t showcasing enough Canadian alternative, independent, (and left of centre) touring music, Bookie took it on, and as he always did, poured his heart and soul into the music series, he contacted every Canadian indie touring artist from Newfoundland to BC and invited them to play on Tuesdays.

The irony is, initially Bookie wasn’t even being paid a ‘programming fee’, he felt so honoured to be ‘allowed’ to work with the ‘shoe, (as Bookie claimed) and so ‘guilty’ that the bar staff wasn’t doing any sales (or getting properly tipped) by fans of his chosen ‘weird’ live music, we discovered he was donating his pay to the staff (oh vay now that was Bookie).

When Craig Laskey and I were hired at the ‘shoe on a trial basis commencing Aug 1st 1995, which also ironically was Wilco’s first night (of many) at the venue, (and one of Bookie’s fave all time bands) we literally had to sit Dave down, and stop him from ‘tipping out’, instead getting him a small honorarium for all his hard work, when Craig and I were eventually hired on more longer term, we made Bookie an integral part of the talent buying team, getting him a fixed monthly salary.

You wouldn’t believe the quality of touring bands, Bookie, Elliott, and the team brought to the H-Shoe, for ‘free shows during Nu Music Nights’ from the Strokes first Toronto play, Old 97’s, Foo Fighters (twice), Billy Talent, The Hip, Nickleback, Big Wreck, Eels, Ash, Nada Surf, Spoon, Goldfinger, Vic Chestnut Son Volt, Matt Mays, and Slobberbone, but to name just a few, but more importantly Bookie’s series became the vehicle many Canadian artist(s) used to launch new records, from Triston Psionic, to the Inbreds, Weakerthans, and Joel Plaskett.

Eventually Bookie’s radio career took off, and he was less involved in helping program the music at the ‘Shoe, but still he was there, not just in sprit, but in person, at every major show, every venue birthday celebration, helping cut the cake, even Tara and I’s Nova Scotia Wedding.

He was an MC at TURF, An MC and speaker at my surprise 50th B-day, and I was lucky to be able speak, e-mail, or text, to him daily, and especially during baseball season, as Dave was my 15 year plus partner of the C.B.C. fantasy roto league ‘Horseshoe Hootenannies’

Our loss is beyond devastating, and words are tough to come by now, but in song-speak which is how Bookie often loved to talk, always quoting his fave lyrical songs, this is how some of us feel today.

‘Well I was working on some words when Craig called me up
– He said that Bookie had gone asleep and wasn’t waking up
And even though I knew that there was nothing to be done – I felt bad for not being there and now, well, he was gone

So I tried to think what Dave would want me to do – At times like this when I was feeling blue (like play Racing In The Streets ’78)
So I gathered up some friends to spread the sad sad news – And we headed to the H-Shoe for a drink or two

And we sang “We live to dance another day, It’s just now we have to dance for one more of us”

So stop looking so damn depressed – And sing with all our hearts, long live the King’

Jeff (JC) Cohen – Owner – H-Shoe Tavern
with help from Frank Turner (below in pic with our friend Bookie)

 

 

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Following the recommendations of the City of Toronto, the Horseshoe Tavern live room and front bar will remain closed until further notice. We are working to reschedule all upcoming shows; ticket holders will be notified when these changes are made. The venue’s expanded front patio, equipped with heaters and wind barriers, is open under the expanded CafeTO program. For now we are only operating the front bar washrooms and seating is first come, first serve, with limited capacity. Please note our updated patio hours: Monday-Thursday: 12pm to 9pm, Friday/Saturday: 12pm to 11pm, closed Sunday. Regarding postponed and cancelled touring shows, please see our website for any updates. All purchasers will continue to be informed via email. We encourage you to hold onto your tickets for any of the postponed shows as all tickets will be honoured for the new dates. We appreciate your patience as we continue to work to schedule new dates. Refunds will be issued for any cancelled shows. If you purchased tickets online, they will be refunded automatically, but please be patient as it will take time to process each refund. Physical tickets can be refunded in store. We appreciate your patience and understanding during this crazy time and hope everyone is safe and sound. Please email shows@collectiveconcerts.com with any questions or concerns.
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