Reflections: Riverboat Jane, Pt. Two

Riverboat Coffee House Legends

We continue our series with Jane Harbury, or as we like to call her, Riverboat Jane.

Quite accidentally, she  began working as a dishwasher at the famous Riverboat Coffee House in Yorkville (Toronto) in the late 60’s, and ended up managing the club by the time she left in 1974.

In this second installment of Riverboat Jane, titled: Riverboat Coffee House Legends, she tells RMC’s David Newland about some of the famous performers she had the pleasure of hosting.

Reflections is a new video interview series produced by Roots Music Canada.  Our hope is to informally document Canadian roots music history through the eyes of its witnesses and participants. Installments will appear in this space periodically. Visit often and please share with your fellow fans.

Reflections: Riverboat Jane, Pt. One – The Magic of Gordon Lightfoot

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  1. avatar
    Doug McArthur 23 March, 2010 at 10:52

    Hi Jane – great to hear you talking about this golden time. Good for you David for doing this.

    I used to hitch hike into town to see Lightfoot , Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee, Ramblin’ Jack etc. at the Riverboat – as many of the legends as I could. After the show I often had to hitch hike back out of town I was young and shy and hadn’t met anyone in Toronto yet).

    Eventually I actually played the Riverboat three times – once with Paul Craft and twice on my own. It was a wonderful experience although it was during the final years of the club and the intense magic had passed on to other areas.


    Doug McArthur

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