When looking through the November 22 1948 Toronto Daily Star, I discovered that Toronto’s electrical grid was having trouble meeting the demands of its residents, resulting in a power shortage.
Here’s an official announcement on the shortage, advising people how to install their own electricity supply safely:
And the CCF (forerunner to today’s NDP) hosted a discussion of the shortage:
Some venues had their own electricity supply, and boasted that they suffered no power cuts. One of these was the Horseshoe Tavern, which, last year, celebrated its 70th anniversary. Here’s an ad from the year after they opened, along with an ad for another entertainment option, the Embassy Tavern:
The Horseshoe also offered television! The Embassy Tavern is long gone, by the way – Harry Rosen tailors is now there.