While sitting in a little local bar last night with a few friends listening to a real crappy karaoke version of “Smoke on the Water” we began to reminisce about the bars and bands that used to play in the region. While the bars are now gone, to be replaced by little corner pubs and assorted other things the music is still there. Today try to find a top notch rock band in their prime or an incredible top flight show band that even comes close to the area, it is hard to find.
The Matador Tavern,Leisure Lodge,Coronet,Highlands/Tudor Tavern,Waterloo Motor Inn and if you were in the Muskokas the Kee to Bala[the only one still going]. The bands that traveled through here are legendary now,some still touring and others relegated to the back pages of our minds.
Longneck quartz bottles at the Tudor, fancy show bands at the Matador, the funniest waiter I have ever encountered at the Leisure Lodge,trying to find our way home in a drunken stupor from the Coronet and crawling out of Lake Muskoka to see a live Saturday night show at the Kee.
Myles and Lenny
Prism–a unknown band called the cars opened for them
A foot in cold water
Major Hooples Boarding House
McLean and McLean
Jack the Bear
Jason–Steve Smith introduced his “Red Green ” character in this show band
Triumph–Rik Emmett once threatened to beat me up at the Tudor
Doucette–he may have had only one song, but what a song
Goddo………….These were just some of the acts that played these bars. Kind of beats a drunk woman singing a Janis Joplin tune now don’t it. Well I think I will go put on a Max Webster album and chill. Till next time, keep on rocking
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