Toronto musicians are throwing Dan Burke a 60th birthday party: Just announced shows

Two members of The Highest Order also say they're “kicking off a campaign for the city to secure Dan a condo over the Silver Dollar in perpetuity"


Dan Burke is rarely written about without the words “notorious” or “infamous,” but maybe “beloved” is more fitting. This year, the long-running music booker/ tireless scene champion was named a local hero by NOW and voted best DIY promoter by our readers – the same year the bar he booked for, the Silver Dollar, went out in a blaze of glory.

Now, as he turns 60 and celebrates 20 years promoting music, some of his favourite bands are turning the tables and celebrating him. (They’re also, so they say, “kicking off a campaign for the city to secure Dan a condo over the Silver Dollar in perpetuity.”)

“We wanted to do something special in honour and in collaboration with someone who has enabled so many great musical moments, so we’re hoping to contribute to that legacy a bit,” say Simone Schmidt and Simone TB of The Highest Order, who are hosting the event. “It’s going to be a night of rock and roll coming from a lot of corners.”

At the December 8th celebration, we’ll get a full set from them, plus psychedelics Comet Control and garage rockers Hooded Fang. They’ll also welcome an impressive list of guests/Burke favourites that includes (deep breath): Jennifer Castle, Andre Ethier, Max Turnbull (fka Slim Twig), Briå Salmenã of Frigs and Scott Harwood. 

All of these bands have benefitted from Burke’s effusive praise and repeat bookings over the years, and it’s heartwarming to see him take the spotlight. Expect some of his trademark dancing – it puts Iggy Pop to shame.

December 8 at Lee’s Palace (529 Bloor West), doors 9 pm. $10-$12. ticketfly.com.

More Just Announced Toronto Shows

Big Sugar, Daylight For Deadeyes Danforth Music Hall doors 7 pm. $24-$33. ticketmaster.ca. November 24.

The Deadly Vipers, The Nude Dogs, Bueller, Triples Monarch Tavern 8 pm. $8. November 25.

Tom Waits Tribute: Barbara Lynch & Soozi Schlanger, Burke Carroll & Ted Hawkins, Arthur Renwick, Chris Bottomley, Chloe Charles, Tyra Jutai, Freeman Dre, Ronley Teper Hugh’s Room Live doors 6 pm. $25-$30. hughsroomlive.com. November 25. 

Leonard Cohen Honorary Singalong to Support Art Makes Minds Strong The Old Nick 3 pm. $10 suggested donation. supportcamh.ca. November 26. 

Ken Whiteley’s Gospel Matinee – Indigenous Spirit Songs: Sadie Buck, Jani Lauzon, Twin Flames Hugh’s Room Live doors 12 pm. $25-$30. hughsroomlive.com. November 26. 

Tom Wilson Gladstone Hotel Book launch for Beautiful Scars, followed by a musical performance. 7 pm. $5 or pwyc. November 27. 

Controller.controller, Lolaa, Hit The North, DJs Permboy, Linder Legs The Baby G 8 All proceeds go to Ronnie Morris’s ongoing stroke recovery and rehabilitation. 8:30 pm. $10. ticketfly.com. November 30. 

Emergents I: Sounds of Silence Initiative with Frances Armstrong, Amber Walton-Amar, Daniel Robinson, Jennifer Routhier 918 Bathurst Centre doors 7:30 pm. $8-$12. musicgallery.org. December 7. 

60 plus 20 – Celebrating Dan Burke: The Highest order, Comet Control, Hooded Fang, Jennifer Castle and others Lee’s Palace doors 9 pm. $10-$12. ticketfly.com. December 8.

The Dead South Horseshoe doors 8:30 pm. $10. ticketfly.com. December 13. 

AN EVENING OF NATIVE JAZZ – SONGBIRDS & NIGHTINGALES OF TURTLE ISLAND: Andrea Menard, Cheri Maracle, Rosary Spence Lula Lounge 7 pm. $25-$30. lula.com. December 13. 

Emilie-Claire Barlow Koerner Hall 7 pm. From $40. rcmusic.com. December 17.

Snow Ball ’18 New Years Eve Party: Stranger Things No One Writes To The Colonel doors 10 pm. $25. snowball18.eventbrite.com. December 31.

Kitchen Party New Years: Freeman Dre & The Kitchen Party Cameron House 10:30 pm. $15-$20. thecameron.com. December 31.

Tyler Hilton & Kate Voegele Lee’s Palace doors 7 pm. $21.50. ticketfly.com. January 9.

Union Duke, Murder Murder, Lover’s Touch Horseshoe doors 9 pm. $10. ticketfly.com, rotate.com, soundscapesmusic.com. January 12. 

Devil Makes Three Phoenix Concert Theatre doors 7:30 pm,. $27.50-$37.50. ticketfly.com, rotate.com, soundscapesmusic.com. January 18.

A Tribe Called Red Danforth Music Hall 7 pm. $TBA. ticketmaster.ca. January 19. 

Collie Buddz, Jo Mersa Marley, The Hold Up Phoenix Concert Theatre doors 7 pm,. $28.50-$38.50. ticketfly.com, rotate.com, soundscapesmusic.com. January 27.

Weakened Friends Smiling Buddha doors 8:30 pm. $10.50. ticketfly.com, rotate.com, soundscapesmusic.com. January 27.

Kimbra, Arc Iris, Yungblud Mod Club doors 8 pm. $TBA. ticketweb.ca. February 2.

Mick Flannery Drake Hotel doors 8 pm. $15. ticketfly.com, rotate.com, soundscapesmusic.com. February 6.

Tommy Youngsteen: Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers Tribute Horseshoe doors 9 pm. $20. ticketfly.com, rotate.com, soundscapesmusic.com. February 10. 

AWOLNATION, Nothing but Thieves Phoenix Concert Theatre doors 7 pm, all ages. $32-$52. ticketmaster.ca, livenation.com. February 11.

Uriah Heep Phoenix Concert Theatre doors 7 pm. $34.50-$60. ticketfly.com. February 12.

flor, Handsome Ghost Rivoli doors 8 pm. $17.50. ticketfly.com. February 14.

Maria Doyle Kennedy & Kieran Kennedy Hugh’s Room Live doors 6 pm. $35-$40. hughsroomlive.com. February 24. 

LP Danforth Music Hall doors 7 pm. $25-$35. ticketmaster.ca. February 27. 

Bruno Major Drake Hotel doors 8 pm. $15. ticketfly.com. February 28.

Lights, Chase Atlantic, DCF Danforth Music Hall 7 pm, all ages. $40-$51. ticketmaster.ca. March 1 & 2. 

Kim Churchill Adelaide Hall doors 8 pm. $15. ticketfly.com. March 3. 

Tyler Childers Horseshoe doors 8 pm. $17.50. ticketfly.com, rotate.com, soundscapesmusic.com. March 4. 

K.Flay, YUNGBLOOD Danforth Music Hall $TBA. On sale November 17. ticketmaster.ca. March 15.

Superorganism Mod Club doors 7 pm. $16.50. soundscapesmusic.com, rotate.com, ticketfly.com. March 30.

Taylor Swift Rogers Centre $TBA. ticketmaster.ca, livenation.com. August 4.

Jeff Lynne’s ELO Air Canada Centre $TBA. On sale November 17. ticketmaster.ca, livenation.com. August 18.

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