Max Webster - unique, quirky, excellent musicianship, and ultimately accessible. And many of us don't realize how big they were. They played the big arenas, and all of their records went at least gold. Countless Canadians between the ages of 50 and 70 will tell you they saw Max play at their high school, a bar in the early days, a theatre like Massey Hall, or headlining a place like Maple Leaf Gardens at their peak.
This website aims to chronicle all of those dates. The story goes that Max Webster played every bar in Toronto and nearly every high school in Ontario in the mid 70s before breaking into the theatres and arenas. They soon shared the bill with many of the top acts of the day (Rush, Rainbow, Genesis, Blondie, etc.), making it possible to research the dates via those avenues. What we have here is the most complete picture of their touring schedule ever assembled, along with anecdotes, ticket stubs, pictures, newspaper clippings, or anything else of value. It would literally be impossible to tally up all of the shows (especially from the 1973-76 era), so this website will focus mostly on the theatre and arena shows, and whichever of the smaller shows are known.
Much of what's on this website is material I've collected throughout about a decade of internet travels and meeting/speaking with people who saw the band. I've credited contributors wherever possible, but of course there are (and probably forever will be) gaps to fill. So please get in touch if I'm using something of yours and you would like to be credited.
On a more personal note - I knew Max Webster before I knew The Beatles, Queen, or any remotely popular music. It was my uncle's music of choice to indoctrinate me with. I was about ten. This is what I learned music could be - such high standards to be set at this ever impressionable age. Fifteen years later I was lucky enough to attend the final Max Webster reunion show in 2007 - the one and only time I saw them. Tickets were more valuable than gold, and I'll be forever grateful to the friend who scored me one.
But it wasn't just the albums that drew me in. A cassette that I found at a record show around the year 2000 sparked an insatiable curiosity in me. It was a concert recording from 1977 containing songs that weren't on a Max Webster album. It made me realize that there was a plethora Max music yet to hear. It was the best $5 I've ever spent in 20 years of collecting music. That tape ignited a fire in my belly, and fifteen years later this website is the result.
Thanks to all those who have contributed, namely - Juan Alemparte, Pete Wulfman Arbour, Danny Bailey, Robin Bailey, Steve Baker, Storm Baker, Jim Barber, Chris Barnett, Philippe Beaucue, Phil de Blois, Gary Boole, Jim Bossier, John Bowen, Peter Bradfield, Pat Brooks, Dave Bush, David Cameron, Kevin Clark, Gord Collins, Paul Coxon, Andrew Cuttler, Don Dale, Geoffrey Davis, Terry Davis, Romano Del Tin, Gregg Derrett, Victoria Dobbs, Dawn Douglas, Pete Dove, Scott Feeney, Dave Felice, James L. Ferraro, Sean Flemming, John Forgie, Donald Gadziola, Stephen Greenaway, Michael Grivich, Gary Gurniak, Jeph H, Johan Hagman, Erick Hall, Eric Hansen, Tony Hansen, Jennifer Harris, Simon Hicks, Dave Hinch, Daryl Holton, Mike Hurley, Paul Koprla, Michael Jaeger, Bunny Johnston, Art Johnstone, Phil Jones, Rick Jones, John Joyce, Philip Kamin, Tony Karol, John Kearns, Sean Kilbride, Leanne Klassen, Peter Kornherr, Maury Kryst, Gregg LaMarsh, Robyn Landers, Bruce Lawrence, Alfred Dominic Ligammari II, Brad Luke, David MacMillan, John MacMillan, Dave MacStravick, Mark Madden, Chip Madinger, Brian Maguire, Tony Marshall, John McCarthy, Bruce McEwen, Colin Mellor, Michele Moranne, Marc-a Morin, Mike Morris, Miles Morris, Ian Morrison, John Morrow, Tom Myklevik, Ken Newton, Kate Oke, Neil Park, John Patuto, Joe Pesch, Martin Popoff, Scott Prankie, Pekka Ranta, Alan Reid, Bob Reid, Tim Rempel, Mike Rewegan, Vince Ricci, Marc Riendeau, Mal Roach, Scott Rogers, Brian Rose, Les Roth, George Saxon, Doug Schober, Rod Sein, Adam Sherban, Mane Sierra, Ian Simpson, Ken Stewart, Robert Stewart, Sandy Stiel, Peter Stieler, Chris Surdykowski, Gary Tate, Jeff Therrien, Chris Turner, Richard Valois, Dan Walsh, Dave Watt, Mike Wells, Robert Wegner Sr, George West, Harold Whitehead, Paul Whiteside, Derrick Wigney, Merv Williams, Ron Williams, Dave Wormald, Philip Wright, and Dennis Yee.
Immeasurable gratitude also goes out to Kim Mitchell, Pye Dubois, Terry Watkinson, Gary McCracken, Mike Tilka, Dave Myles, Paul Kersey, Terry Brown, and everyone else who contributed to the creation of this wonderful art that stands alongside the best rock music ever written.
Enjoy the website ! And don't hesitate to contact me if you have something to add.