Lee's Palace is The Annex's cartoonish rough diamond of a concert venue. It stands out vividly amongst the numerous sushi restaurants, bars, cafes, and more sushi restaurants that line Bloor Street West. The building in its present incarnation as a concert hall has been open since 1985, although it originally opened as a movie theatre in the 1950s and even served as a restaurant in between.
The front facade of Lee's, with its colourful graffiti-style outsider art, is easily recognizable and has helped the venue reach an iconic status in Toronto architecturally. Musically the venue is iconic as well, having hosted the Toronto debuts of such renowned bands as Nirvana, The Smashing Pumpkins, and Oasis.
Inside, the space appears to be brainchild of Seinfeld's Kramer during his obsession with levels. The three distinct levels allow concertgoers to find their best-suited spot: the top level keeps one far enough away from the action to leisurely sip a drink and close enough to the bar to refill said drink; the middle level offers the best view of the stage and has elevated booths along either side wall; finally, the floor is like a caged-in pit for the die-hards.
On a given night, one may find an acclaimed touring act like The Decemberists , Toronto favourites DD/MM/YYYY or a slew of local unsigned bands grace the stage. The bands booked tend to lean towards the indie/alt-rock side of the musical spectrum and cover generally runs from $5 to $15.
As far as refreshments go, Lee's serves simple plastic cup cocktails and beer strictly in bottles. The beer selection ranges from mediocre domestics such as Labatt Blue and Molson Canadian, to Ontario micros like Steamwhistle and Mill St. Organic, and a few imports like Heineken.
Writing by Ian Leipurts
Fri Oct. 27th, 2017 @ Lee's Palace & The Dance Cave
Death 2 TO Vll: The End 2010-2017
THIS WILL BE THE VERY LAST DEATH 2 T.O EVER.
SPECIAL THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO CAME OUT
AND CONSISTENTLY MADE IT THE BEST HALLOWEEN
PARTY IN TORONTO FOR SEVEN YEARS IN A ROW. : : :
In Alphabetical Order:
For the 13TH YEAR in a row, the GOIN' STEADY DJs are pleased to announce their 2017 Monster Mash will be bigger, better and scarier than ever.
CHRONOLOGIC HALLOWEEN @ LEE'S PALACE
Saturday, October 28th
Doors: 9:00 p.m.
$10 at the Door - all night
CHRONOLOGIC is a dance party through the ages... A survey of music from 1890 to 2018, played in chronological order.
The Goin' Steady DJs...
Celebrate Halloween with the strongest Luchadores across the globe!
Lucha Libre Wrestling from Mexico is ready to help you kick off Halloween in the right way.
Experience an action packed live Lucha Libre event featuring stars from the hit TV show Lucha Underground.
Stranded Fest Presents: Punk Goes Diva
A Night of Punk Bands Covering Pop Divas!
This Halloween we'll be your trick and your treat ;
First Ghost as TAYLOR SWIFT
The Skadoos as MADONNA
Incase We Crash as RIHANNA
A Dog Named Bob as CARLY RAE JEPSEN
PLUS FREE PIZZA! Courtesy of our sponsor Panago Pizza Limited quantity, arrive early!
We're also hosting a COSTUME CONTEST with awe...
Lee's Palace presents
In collaboration with Dentata Music
Dance with the dead & Gost
with local support Dana Jean Phoenix
8:30PM / 19
Advance tickets at Rotate This, Soundscapes, and Ticketfly
LEVEL UP:2017 Canadian Beatbox Championship
Going down November 4th @ Lee’s Palace in Toronto, ON
1. Heat – Markham, ON (2016 Champ)
2. BBK – Windsor, ON
3. Andre – Toronto, ON
4. Flosz – Montreal, QC
5. Spectrax – Montreal, QC
6. MTO – Vancouver, BC
7. Black – Toronto, ON
8. Elisii – Montreal, QC
9. Cyber – Niagara Falls, ON
10. Hybrid – Barrie, ON
11. Young – Toronto, ON...
Lee's Palace presents
The Meligrove Band Final Show & Planets Conspire Reissue
with The Bicycles and Mayor McCa 20th Anniverary Show
Label Obscura will reissue the Meligrove Band's long sold out Planets Conspire album as a limited edition double LP. Pre-order available here: https://labelobscura.bandcamp.com/album/the-meligrove-band-planets-conspire