BEST CLUB PROMOTER
DAN BURKE Whether you hate Dan Burke or simply can’t stand him, you have to admit no other promoter in town would be willing to risk as much as he does to put on an exciting rock ’n’ roll show by some little-known artist who might never otherwise play Toronto. Whatever he’s in it for, it’s not to get rich quick. Anyone concerned about breaking even wouldn’t pay to fly the Zoobombs in from Tokyo to play a weekend gig at the Silver Dollar. Yes, when ticket sales bomb, he’s been known to pay some unfortunate dudes with women’s designer jeans, and others in dead-stock shoes, but at least he tries to make good when his ambitious schemes don’t pan out. Burke’s badly battered heart is in the right place.