The future Legendary Horseshoe operates as a blacksmith shop.
December 9, 1947
Jack Starr opens the Horseshoe Tavern with a capacity of 87.
The 'Shoe is the Grand Ole Opry North as country greats like Willie Nelson, Conway Twitty, Waylon Jennings, Loretta Lynn and Charlie Pride hit the stage.
Bank robber Edwin Alonzo Boyd is a regular.
Dick Nolan and his Blue Valley Boys are the 'Shoe's house band.
The Carter Family performs.
Bookings emphasize Canadian talent, including the Band, Bruce Cockburn, Ian & Sylvia and the Good Brothers.
Stompin? Tom Connors
Stompin' Tom Connors plays 25 consecutive nights and records a live album in 1971.
Jack Starr retires.
Promoters Gary Cormier and Gary Topp - aka the Garys - usher in punk and new wave with the Police, the Talking Heads, the Ramones, the MC5 and the Stranglers.
Jazz legends Sun Ra and Cecil Taylor play.
November 1-2, 1978
The Police play a two-night stand and attract less than 50 people each night.
Free jazz legends Cecil Taylor (above) and Sun Ra (right) both played the Horseshoe in 1978.
December 1, 1978
The Garys going-away party, dubbed The Last Pogo, features the Mods, Viletones, Scenics, Cardboard Brains and Teenage Head, a police raid and a riot.
Legendary Toots Hibbert and the Maytals helped make the ?Shoe legendary.
The 'Shoe changes its name (briefly) to Stagger Lee's and is even turned into a strip club for a couple of months.
Ken Sprackman and X-Ray Macrae take over.
Handsome Ned, Rough Trade and Prairie Oyster are fixtures. The B-52s perform.
Alterna-rock is front and centre with the Tragically Hip, the Watchmen, the Pursuit Of Happiness, Amanda Marshall, the Bourbon Tabernacle Choir, the Phantoms and the Skydiggers.
Joe Toole (Phantoms), Teddy Fury (Bopcats) and Sean Dean (Sadies) join the staff.
Kenny Sprackman saved the ?Shoe from crippling debt in the 80s.
It's the era of Moxy Früvous, the Barenaked Ladies, the Waltons, Lowest of the Low, Furnaceface, One, Great Big Sea and 13 Engines.
New 'Shoe runners Jeff Cohen and Craig Laskey begin booking bands like Big Sugar, the Mahones and Big Rude Jake.
No Cover Tuesday Nu Music Nites sees the likes of Matchbox 20, the Old 97's, Whiskeytown, 7 Mary 3, Nada Surf, Son Volt, Arcade Fire, Kathleen Edwards, Thrush Hermit, the Strokes, Big Wreck, Nickleback and Billy Talent.
Neutral Milk Hotel, Bright Eyes and Death Cab for Cutie play the venue for the first time.
A la Stompin' Tom, the Rheostatics take over the venue for 14 to 16 days once a year, over a five-year span, for its Fall Nationals.
Surprise performers include the Rolling Stones, Bryan Adams, Melissa Etheridge, Live, Sammy Hagar and the Blues Brothers.
2004 and beyond
The 'Shoe continues to be the place to catch hot bands like Franz Ferdinand, the Shins, Calexico and the Decemberists.