Hogtown Hometown Heroes Robbie Robertson

From the 427 to the River Rouge, Lake Ontario on up to Steeles Ave, we celebrate the city’s best, past present and future.

Way back when Sam the Record man was spinning the neon ones and twos at Yonge and Elm, a young guitar slinging fellow by the name of Robbie Robertson was coming up in the city’s booming downtown music scene.

Robertson cut his teeth playing in such Toronto music hotbeds as The Zanzibar, and later at the Friar’s Tavern, with groups like Ronnie Hawkins and the Hawks. The Friar’s Tavern was the site of the fateful night Bob Dylan saw Robbie and co. play for the first time. This led to Dylan hiring the Hawks as his backup musicians. They would go on to become known as The Band.

The Band recorded several rock and roll classics, such as Up on Cripple Creek, The Weight, and The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down.

Robertson has since enjoyed a very successful solo career with induction into Canada’s Walk of Fame in 2003, and The Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2011.

Here’s to you Robbie, one of Hogtown’s Hometown Heroes.