Archive for July, 2010

For Toronto  folks Horseshoe Tavern does not need introduction. For everyone travelling from far away, Ok… you have an excuse to ask. Horseshoe (est. In 1949) is a popular music venue where for ridiculously low price you can listen to the

UtoldUs Andrew Cole at Horseshoe Tavern

best quality music and meet anyone from your old weirdo neighbour to Paris Hilton (and yes she was there too) disregarding who is playing. This is the place where people come primarily to listen to performing bands as oppose to regular hanging out and drinking. Although drinking at Horseshoe is also wonderful. This tradition emerged through the years, perhaps because people who came in to hang out were so captivated by music on stage that they came out as listeners.

Horseshoe Tavern is known for promoting new talents. We visited a new talent event recently and would like to help the Tavern in this great mission and cover some of the bands in this blog.

Andrew Cole is a Canadian singer and a music songwriter. At the Horseshoe Andrew delivered his incredible talent through songs out of his new album “Why We Wonder”. As far as music identity is concerned, depending on the song, you’d place him anywhere between rock, folk, country and mix of three blended with electric sound. His magnetic voice delivers self written songs that have very deep meaning and capture the audience from the first seconds. Andrew is a rising star, now in a team of a professional manager, without any doubt will soon become a national star and we were very happy to hear his act at the Horseshoe.

UtoldUs Hot White Chocolate Horseshoe Tavern

Hot White Chocolate made their live performance debut at the Horseshoe with several rock songs. Band members B

Smith (lead vocals, guitar), Johnny Bodega (drums, percussion), Paul Joachim (guitars, keyboards) and Myles O’Brien (bass, backing vocals) immediately attracted the audience with very solid and energetic solos. The band’s memorable drums and guitars sounded like the band has been together for much longer than a year (band est. 2009). Don’t be humble Hot White Chocolate –  talent is wings!

The Black Devils Brigade is a Toronto rock and roll band has really raised the audience from their seats. Band members Jimmy,

UtoldUs Black Devils Brigade

Danny, Ted and Erik deliver rock with a unique blues accent, great solo and phenomenal energy. They had fun playing – we had fun drinking and drinking and drinking…

So … next time you go by Queens St & Spadina Ave in Toronto drop in to Horseshoe for a drink and who knows, maybe you will get lucky to get entertained by a great music talent.

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While most of concerts over the past few years have been quite well organized and secure, there is a number of shows that marked our history with tragic facts such as death, blood and sad long-term consequences. In this article we present to you a short chronicle of such memorable, in a bad sense, events:

deadly concertThe Who Concert in Cincinnati’s Riverfront Coliseum, December 3, 1979 is considered the one of bloodiest concerts in the history of the US nightlife with the death toll of 11 people. Tragedy occurred due to the crowd rushing for seating after the doors were opened and stepping to death some of the fans. Interestingly, concert was still held and The Who notified about the disaster only after the concert was over.

Callejeros concert in Buenos Aires, Argentina took 194 lives when fire broke in the nightclub on December 30, 2004. Fire was initiated by pyrotechnic flare that organizers ordered to use as special effects. Out of 3000 people who attended 714 were reported as injured due to inability to exit the building on time. Most of the doors were tightly shut to control sneaking in without paying.

Damageplan concert in Alrosa Villa nightclub was by far most dramatic in the US nightlife history. On December 8, 2004 Darrell Abbott was shot while performing in front of 250 witnesses. Drama didn’t end on Durrell. After shooting lead guitarist of Damageplan, gunman opened fire on public shooting total of 3 more and injuring 7 before being taken down by a policeman.

Great White’s concert at The Station Nightclub in February 20, 2003 claimed 100 lives when, similar to Callejoros’s, fire ignited the building due to unsafe use of pyrotechnic. Out of total 460 people attended about half were injured in addition to deaths. When the fire broke in the middle of the Great White’s opening song most of the fans rushed through a main door unaware of other 3 side doors and blocked the exit.

The Free Altamont Rolling Stones Concert took place on December 6, 1969. Rolling Stones took responsibility for organization of the event and by virtue of creativity invited Hells Angels to be part of the security. Angels did their job and arguably saved Mick Jagger from assassination by stabbing one of the fans who drew a gun while standing right before the stage. Unusual violence in over 300,000 crowd during the concert resulted in 4 deaths. While compared to other events, Altamont Free Concert is not considered the most tragic, but is certainly the most talked about up until today.

While this article is about deadly concerts we must mention the absolute deadliest nightclub event that occurred at the Cocoanut Grove Club in Boston on November 28, 1942. During the regular nightclub activity a soldier was trying to put back a light bulb that he removed to get privacy kissing his girlfriend. Later when attempting to put a light bulb back in the dark, soldier lit a match that fell into a pot with artificial palm tree that in a just seconds put on fire surrounding decoration area and then entire nightclub. Event claimed 492 people thus entering the history as the most tragic in the night club industry.

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Las Vegas – truly The Meadows of partying, gambling, entertainment, drinking and most importantly for many – of clubbing. Whether you are just out of college or about to celebrate your 60th birthday Las Vegas clubs see no difference. Just walk in to one of the party places and you will see people of all ages and business status. And most clubs certainly have good news for girls – free entry and even free drinks during the happy hour. Bars and lounges in Las Vegas is a whole different topic. With many people coming for business these venue types are most suitable for formal, informal or casual time and money spending. Here are some places that we hit during our business trip:

Centrifuge (MGM Grand Hotel & Casino) – casual social bar that occasionally features dancing barmen. Place is located inside the hotel dividing MGM Grand and West Wing. While sitting inside perfectly round bar you will enjoy view onto the Lion Habitat and MGM’s Casino.

West Wing Bar (MGM Grand Hotel & Casino) – very red inside bar creates atmosphere of surreal and edgy time being where you will quickly forget why you even came there. Bar is great but only one comment – music during the day would be nice too.

Zuri (MGM Grand) is a great place to make a break from gambling and hardcore walking through the strip. While being a bar, this place has few snacks and is of a higher scale than Centrifuge. You will enjoy comfortable seating and walking wait staff.

CentrifugeBrand Lounge (Monte Carlo Hotel & Casino) is a stylish lounge overlooking Monte Carlo’s grand casino. Great place for casual, business and even formal, in Las Vegas terms, gatherings. Also the lounge is highly recommended for pre-party, pre-dinner drinks for only $3 per drink between 5-7 pm. In Las Vegas drinks are averaging $12, so Brand Lounge has certainly won our “favourite drinking hub” vote.

The Pub (Monte Carlo Hotel & Casino) is fun during day and night. It is not uncommon to see live performers at noon in this contemporary and very well designed pub. Very much in Monte Carlo style, beautiful and grand with creative beer barrel wall installation, pub also offers a variety of tasty food, burgers, sandwiches and appetizers.

The Deuce Lounge (Aria Hotel & Casino) is worth visiting as much as this newly built hotel that opened its doors in early 2010. As everything else in this 5 star hotel, Deuce Lounge provides modern, chic and sophisticated feel. With fantastic wood interior you will enjoy both business and casual meeting.

Union (Aria Hotel & Casino) very much like The Deuce Lounge, is a modern high class lounge with sophisticated menu Bar Vdaraand rich design. Spider net wooden panels make a statement and attract crowd to this lounge for a meal, drink or both.

City Bar (Aria Hotel & Casino) is busy day and night guaranteeing you fun drink and relaxation during the hottest Las Vegas day. Although prices may seem a bit high, remember it is a 5 star hotel… you won’t be disappointed by service and atmosphere.

Silk Road (Vdara Hotel & SPA) is a prime spot at the newly opened (2010) hotel Vdara adjacent to now reputable Aria. Its astounding design demonstrates fantasy and talent of the most unconstrained interior artists. Wavy panels and translucent light create a true Las Vegas feel that is worth exploring.

Bar Vdara (Vdara Hotel & SPA) is a busy spot even during the day. You will not be disappointed by modern, plant & aqua inspired design and friendly bar staff. Grab a martini or two in this bar and forget about any troubles. What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, remember?

Sensi (Bellagio) is a resto-lounge that has put huge accent on food. Definitely a place to go for a formal dinner or just a good quality dinner. But, please, don’t limit yourself to food only. Wine, martini, cocktails are an absolute must in this fancy spot.

Yellowtail (Bellagio) is a Japanese Lounge for sake lowers. Like anything in Bellagio this place is chic with very good food and Japanese style drinks. If you get seats overlooking the fountain after 10 pm you can also expect unique entertainment of Bellagio Music Fountains show. Instead of standing in the crowd outside why not grab a drink at Yellowtail and enjoy the view in much comfortable way?

Are there any bars that we missed? Which ones are your favourites?

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