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Karaoke nights in Toronto by day of the week

Posted by Staff / May 29, 2014

karaoke torontoKaraoke nights in Toronto are a wholly different animal than private karaoke rooms - the most obvious difference is the prospect of embarrassing yourself while trying to sing in front of a bar full of strangers vs. having a laugh singing badly with a group of your friends. While spots like Disgraceland, Parts & Labour, Unlovable, and The Steady inject karaoke into their calendars, tons of bars in the city offer a dedicated night (or nights) to singing, which attracts a dedicated following. The Gladstone's nights will be sorely missed, but there are always places for you to belt it all out.

Here's a day-by-day guide to karaoke nights in Toronto.

See also:

The best karaoke bars in Toronto
The unofficial guide to karaoke bars in Koreatown

SUNDAY

The Old Sod (2936 Bloor St. West)
Host: Jeff Smith
Located in Etobicoke just outside Royal York Station, The Old Sod is the second-oldest Irish pub in the city. Karaoke starts at 10pm and is hosted by dedicated (30-year) industry veteran Jeff Smith, who keeps things running smoothly. Most importantly, he always ensures the sound quality is just right for every singer. Featuring a huge selection of songs, The Old Sod's karaoke night includes a lot of indie/alternative and British songs that many other places don't have. Regulars mostly frequent this pub, so it's a bit like Cheers (you know, where everybody knows your name), but with karaoke. Note: they also have a karaoke night on Tuesdays.

Also on Sundays

MONDAY

Toby's Pub and Eatery (411 College St.)
Host: Jason Rolland
Pass the Sneaky Dee's crowd at College and Bathurst and head east to Toby's for karaoke on Mondays. Host Jason Rolland is one of the better-known hosts in the city and maintains an up-to-date online catalogue of songs. He's also active on social media - participants can find high-quality photographic evidence of themselves singing posted on Facebook, just in case you don't recall belting out "I Will Survive" after three shots of tequila. The wireless mics may sacrifice the overall sound quality, but it works with the dancefloor-like stage setup, which also encourages audience participation. Drink-wise, Toby's has enticing specials for liquid courage, such as $11 mini-pitcher cocktails of your choice with three shots.

Also on Mondays

TUESDAY

Baby Huey (70 Ossington Ave.)
Host: Richie Rich
The average karaoke patron at this Queen and Ossington spot will more than likely drunkenly sing choice cuts by mainstream artists like Adele and Big & Rich (whether these song choices are meant to be ironic or not is still up for debate). The bar itself is fairly small and Tuesday's karaoke night is more about the atmosphere and party-time environment than about scouting for future headliners at Massey Hall. They also use wireless mics here, allowing for less entanglement as the heap stirs about. The party starts at 10pm.

Also on Tuesdays

WEDNESDAY

Hurricane's Roadhouse Restaurant (963 Bloor St. West)
Host: Shawn Meunier
Wednesday's karaoke nights at this Bloor and Dovercourt bar tend to be very well-attended with a loyal following. The smallish bar gets pretty full for karaoke, but host Shawn Meunier (voice of animated host 'Lion' on Kids' CBC) always manages to keep a fair rotation. Unlike some of the places that tend to attract a crowd of budding singers trying to find a way to work on their chops in a low-pressure environment, Hurricane's tends to be full of average (or less than average) but enthusiastic singers just looking to have a fun time. Drink prices are fairly reasonable.

Also on Wednesdays

THURSDAY

The Monarch Tavern (12 Clinton St.)
Host: Steve-O
Karaoke at The Monarch at College and Clinton usually takes place upstairs, but is moved downstairs occasionally. Host Steve-O previously worked together with Jeff Smith (The Old Sod), so they have a very similar selection featuring lots of alternative and British songs. This night seems to attract some rather eccentric singers, including a very elegant-looking woman who sings old standards like "Walkin' After Midnight" by Patsy Cline. The drink specials are highly affordable - $4 for singles of Jack Daniels or Jameson.

Also on Thursdays

FRIDAY

The Office Pub (117 John St.)
Host: Master Jason
Located near St. Andrew Station, The Office Pub tends to attract a more mainstream crowd, especially on a Friday (karaoke starts at 9:30pm). They also host karaoke Wednesday through Saturday, with a dedicated karaoke section on their website. Unsurprisingly, Fridays tend to draw the largest attendance: if you're just looking to get out for a fun-filled night of karaoke with some friends and don't feel like booking a private room, this is a great place to try it out. Sound quality is average - it can be difficult to hear yourself when the bar is busy, but that tends to be a common problem at karaoke nights. Beer selection is fairly good and drinks are reasonably priced, especially for the area.

Also on Fridays

SATURDAY

Spirits Bar & Grill (642 Church St.)
Host: Shawn Meunier
Also hosted by Shawn Meunier (does this guy ever sleep?), karaoke night at Spirits in Church Wellesley Village has many of the same positive aspects as Hurricane's. Given its central location on a Saturday night, Spirits' karaoke night tends to attract a very, ahem, spirited crowd - lots of energy and lots of enthusiasm, along with some excellent singers. As bars often do on karaoke nights, Spirit's has some decent drink specials on Saturdays - $4 Caesars, $4 Jameson, and $9 mini-pitchers of Moosehead.

Also on Saturdays

Writing by Wini Lo and Logan Rathbone. Photo via Hip Hop Karaoke on Facebook.

Discussion

18 Comments

AHB / May 29, 2014 at 01:47 pm
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Bambi's is a weekly! Every Wednesday night! Liquid Karaoke! https://www.facebook.com/events/1421966854726854/?fref=ts
Aubrey replying to a comment from AHB / May 29, 2014 at 01:51 pm
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Nice catch, added that to the list :)
AHB replying to a comment from Aubrey / May 29, 2014 at 02:07 pm
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Thanks!
Jason / May 29, 2014 at 03:26 pm
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Thanks for the shout out here.
Just an FYI Toby's is both Sunday nights and Monday nights. You only have it listed Mondays.
Aubrey replying to a comment from Jason / May 29, 2014 at 03:40 pm
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Added!
Mark / May 29, 2014 at 08:15 pm
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As a dedicated karaoke whore, I'd have to say anywhere where Richie Rich or Jason Rolland play, as well as the Office on the weekends (I'd have to say Saturdays are busier than Fridays though) where Master Jason (I know him as @MovieJay) kicks the best variety of tunes in between songs, never staying within one genre.
Jeff Smith / May 29, 2014 at 10:49 pm
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Thank you for the review! Much appreciated!
Kate Awesome / May 30, 2014 at 12:02 am
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The Gladstone will NOT be missed. That night had to end. The host was a dick.
G.G. / May 30, 2014 at 11:02 am
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Rick Marcoux should be added to your karaoke line-up. He has been a staple of Toronto's karaoke scene (and one of the best hosts) for 20+ years and is still going strong. He's at Sports Centre Café (Yonge/St. Clair) on Friday nights.
coreyoke / May 30, 2014 at 11:37 am
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Geeze guys can I get at least a name drop? checkout
www.karaokeintoronto.com for more karaoke listings by neighborhood. Thanks karaoke people!
Shane / May 31, 2014 at 01:52 am
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There's also Karaoke at the Amsterdam Bicycle Club on Wednesdays and Saturdays, and Wednesday's karaoke is hosted by the awesome Karsten School.
Gary McKenzie / May 31, 2014 at 03:51 pm
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I run the mad laugh and a song show every Sunday night at the Madison Avenue Pub. There is open mic comedy from 8-10 followed by much hyjinx and song from patrons and comedians alike from 10-2. Can you add us to the list?
Angel / June 13, 2014 at 05:23 pm
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Franki Boys in Scarborough is the best karaoke place in Toronto. Cheap food, cheap booze, great host, great rotation, great song selection. Also is has become a known hangout and pick-up spot for the LGBTQ+ community in Scarborough and the east-end of North York.
ScenicRick / June 24, 2014 at 09:19 pm
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Don't forget live band!!! Karaoke on Thursdays at Crocodile Rock.
Rob R. replying to a comment from Kate Awesome / June 24, 2014 at 09:45 pm
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Kate: The Gladstone Karaoke nights hosted by Peter Styles were always a blast -I was a regular for 12 years and Peter was nothing but class. I'm not sure what your on about with the insult -but the night was voted 'Top/Best Karaoke' in Toronto by multiple local blog/ sites for years for a reason!
Jeff / September 13, 2014 at 10:41 pm
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Live Band Karaoke every Thursday at Crocodile Rock (Adelaide/Duncan) - sing backed up by a live band, The Sound Parade
andre / October 11, 2014 at 11:33 am
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Karsten School is awesome! and has over 500 000 songs

Chech him out Wednesday's at the Ambsterdam Bicycle Club. 54 The Esplinade from 10pm -2am. Www.abclub.ca
Carmine Lucarelli / October 15, 2014 at 11:31 am
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Hi Aubrey. Come November 3rd The Social Capital (above the Black Swan Tavern) on Danforth will have weekly karaoke on Monday nights with host Shawn Meunier - a.k.a. ThE KaRaOkE GuY. $4 Old Milwaukee and $4 tequila provide the liquid courage. Cheers!

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