So Much for a Shoe-In
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So Much for a Shoe-In

Say it ain’t so, CBC! Searchlight‘s quest to track down the best live music venue in Canada is now down to its final twenty, and it seems the future is foggy for the Big Smoke. The only remaining contender for Toronto is, of course, the Horsehoe Tavern, with a who’s-played list as great as the Grammys―wait―what?! We just actually checked the list, and it turns out that Radio 3 listeners picked Hugh’s Room, way out by its lonesome at Dundas and Roncesvalles, as the only Toronto venue worthy of being in the nation’s top twenty. It’s not that we have anything against folk and roots music, but seriously, WTF?! When Pete Seeger tops the Wall of Fame for our city’s best venue, it’s time we all take a deep breath, re-evaluate our lives, and get on the next plane to Winnipeg, the crown champion city thus far with three of the nation’s top nominees. Well, at least we’re not the only ones getting swindled: Montreal and Vancouver (including the grand Commodore Ballroom) were cut from the running altogether.