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 plenty of 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.
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 I found at a record show around 1999 sparked an insatiable curiosity in me. It was a concert recording from 1977 containing a song that wasn't on a Max Webster album. It made me realize that there was a plethora of 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, Eddie Allen, Pete Wulfman Arbour, Samir Baijal, Danny Bailey, Robin Bailey, Steve Baker, Storm Baker, Jim Barber, Greg Barnes, Jimmy Barnes, Chris Barnett, Dave Beatty, Philippe Beaucue, Paul Bauer, Phil de Blois, Gary Boole, Jim Bossier, John Bowen, Peter Bradfield, Clifton Broadridge, Pat Brooks, Paul Brouse, Chris Budgeon, David Burcsik, Ken Burk, Ken Butterworth, Dave Bush, Rob Byfield, David Cameron, Maribeth Chabot, Jim Chevalier, Johnny Chiarelli, Dennis Cici, Sal Cincotta, Mark Clacy, Kevin Clark, Craig Collett, Gord Collins, Paul Corner, Paul Coxon, Andrew Cuttler, Don Dale, Rob Davidson, Geoffrey Davis, Terry Davis, Gino Del Sole, Romano Del Tin, Gregg Derrett, Victoria Dobbs, Mark Doble, Dawn Douglas, Pete Dove, Brian Durkin, Susan Farnham, Scott Feeney, Dave Felice, James L. Ferraro, Mark Ferreira, Andre Filippetti, Debbie Fleming, Sean Flemming, Michael Flood, John Forgie, Ronnie Frey, Marc Friedlander, Donald Gadziola, Giselle Gallie, Ian Gelb, Don Goodman, Paul Goodman, Glen Gordon, Tom Gordon, Stephen Greenaway, Michael Grivich, Glen Guerin, Gary Gurniak, Jeph H, Johan Hagman, Erick Hall, John Hamilton, Eric Hansen, Tony Hansen, Patrick Harbron, Mark Harrington, Jennifer Harris, Linda Don Harrison, Trevor Heidebrecht, Chris Henry, Mary Henry, Phil Mary, Simon Hicks, Dave Hinch, Greg Hill, Paul Hoffman, Daryl Holton, Al Humphry, Cindy Hurczak, Mike Hurley, Joe Ianniello, Michael Insuaste, Peter Ioannidis, Gord Isnardy, Paul Koprla, Michael Jaeger, Richard Janik, Bunny Johnston, Art Johnstone, Phil Jones, Rick Jones, John Joyce, Philip Kamin, Tony Karol, John Kearns, Mark Donald Kent III, Sean Kilbride, Gordon Kim Cowie, Leanne Klassen, David Klimek, Peter Kornherr, Raimo Kurppa, Maury Kryst, Dave Kurek, Gregg LaMarsh, Robyn Landers, Martha Lauzon, Bruce Lawrence, Des Leahy, Alfred Dominic Ligammari II, Brad Luke, David MacMillan, John MacMillan, Dave MacStravick, Mark Madden, Chip Madinger, Brian Maguire, Tony Marshall, Henry Martinuk, Dave Mason, Scott Mayfield, John McCarthy, Bruce McEwen, Kenneth McNally, Colin Mellor, Dave Meraska, Bruce Metcalfe, Gerry Miskolczi, Michele Moranne, Marc-a Morin, Mike Morris, Miles Morris, Ian Morrison, John Morrow, Cheri Murphy, Monica Murphy, Martin Murray, Tom Myklevik, Ken Newton, Kate Oke, Robert Oswin, Neil Park, John Patuto, Steve Perry, Joe Pesch, Martin Popoff, Scott Prankie, Pekka Ranta, Alan Reid, Bob Reid, Robert Reid, Tim Rempel, Mike Rewegan, Vince Ricci, Ben Richardson, Marc Riendeau, Mal Roach, Chris Robinson, Scott Rogers, Brian Rose, Les Roth, George Saxon, Les Schelling, Doug Schober, John Seifert, Rod Sein, Adam Sherban, John Siefert, Mane Sierra, Ian Simpson, Geoffrey Smith, Todd Snelgrove, Gerald St. Jean, Brian Stewart, Ken Stewart, Michael Stewart, Robert Stewart, Sandy Stiel, Peter Stieler, Doug Stinson, Doug Stock, Chris Surdykowski, John Swainson, Gary Tate, Mitch Taylor, Norm Tschesne, Jeff Therrien, Mike Tremaglio, Chris Turner, Rick Tyrrell, Manny Valadas, Richard Valois, Mike Walker, Colin Wallace, Dan Walsh, Dave Watt, John Watt, David Webster, Mike Wells, Robert Wegner Sr, George West, Debbie Wheeler, Paul Wheeler, Harold Whitehead, Paul Whiteside, Roy Widing, Derrick Wigney, Merv Williams, Ron Williams, Peter Williamson, Dave Wormald, Philip Wright, and Dennis Yee.
Immeasurable gratitude also goes out to Kim Mitchell, Pye Dubois, Terry Watkinson, Mike Tilka, Gary McCracken, Dave Myles, Paul Kersey, Jim Bruton, Terry Brown, John de Nottbeck, David Greene, Jack Richardson, and everyone else who contributed to the creation of this wonderful art that stands alongside the best rock music ever written.
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