Frank Turner Free Show at the Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto About Oh, Two Weeks Ago.

10 02 2010

As more and more of Toronto’s finest music fans sneak into the Horseshoe Tavern last Tuesday a competition arises. Everyone is meeting eyes looking everyone up and down. Everybody’s eyes everywhere but on the opening band, Newmarket’s indie-country band Cavaliers.

The tension grows as the frowns come out as Cavaliers hit the stage. Who can glare more intensely into the souls of the band? Winner takes all. Last person to break character of seriousness of the Toronto music scene wins. What do they win? Nothing. Well maybe an eye full of jealousy but that more commonly happens to girls.

Cheer up kids its just music. Sing-a-long, have a pint and enjoy

As a build up to his American tour with Flogging Molly, English folk-punk singer Frank Turner was the main event at last Tuesday’s Nu-Music Night at the Horseshoe Tavern.

The legendary venue was packed wall to wall to see the Englishmen’s free solo show where he touched on the simpler things in life. Angst soaked songs of growing up and good times sopped up most of Turner’s set.

Jogging back and forth from his older releases “Sleep Is For The Weak” and “Love Ire And Song” and filling the gaps with tunes from his September 2009 Epitaph Records release “Poetry Of The Deed.” Turner’s solo acoustic set was a great mix for any old fans, newer fans and first time listeners.  It was music played the way he wanted, with lots of heart and honesty.

The Horseshoe keeps up to its legendary status as it offers free music nights every Tuesday night with some of the greatest acts in music. Starting in 1998 the venue introduced an innovative artist development program to showcase emerging music acts for no cover.  Artists like Reel Big Fish, Goldfinger and Billy Talent have all been showcased on no cover Tuesdays to help them find their feet.

So, if you’re feeling cheap, are cheap or trying to be cheap slide into the Horseshoe Tavern and take in some of the up and coming musical talent North America has to offer.