The Horseshoe Tavern is hosting a drive-in concert series this summer

Stars, the Sadies, Skydiggers and more will play at CityView Drive-In as a benefit for the historic Toronto music venue

The Horseshoe Tavern has been having a tough time throughout the pandemic.

Like other Toronto concert venues, the iconic watering hole has been mostly closed for in-person live music since last March. But the historic Queen West bar has been trying to make a go of it, putting on its first livestream concerts in over seven decades. But even those have been postponed multiple times due to Ontario lockdown restrictions.

“As owners and artistic programmers, it’s just uber frustrating,” owner Jeff Cohen told NOW at the last postponement. “We feel beaten up.”

But they’re not throwing in the towel on live music this summer in some form or another. This July, the Horseshoe will present a series of concerts at Toronto’s drive-in concert venue, CityView Drive-In. The three-show series is called Chill-O-Rama and will run from July 15-17 featuring Toronto bands that are no stranger to the Horseshoe.

The Jim Cuddy Band and the Arc Sound play July 15, Stars and Ellis take the stage on July 16, and Skydiggers, the Sadies and Elliott Brood close it out together on July 17.

“Chill-O-Rama financially supports the bands, their crews, local technicians and videographers, and the venues while the stage is dark and in lockdown, during a full year of COVID-19,” the venue says in a release.

The concerts will happen live on CityView’s stage. You can buy a ticket to watch from your car or a ticket for a livestream via Vimeo. It will be available to watch for both ticket types for 10 days following each show.

Livestream tickets run from $13.50-$22.50. Drive-in tickets are $TBA and go onsale starting Wednesday, May 12. You can get them at where you can also find the ongoing Horseshoe Hootenanny livestream concerts with all their up-to-date listings.


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