The Baby G
The Baby G is owned by Shaun Bowring - the same guy behind The Garrison and former booker at Sneaky Dee's. Smaller than The Garrison, it kind of feels like the size I had always wanted that first club to be, and I know I'm not alone in this.
Patrons there are either distanced by wide open spaces between groups of friends or crammed together with the whopping 299 other people that fit into the space.
Less well-known indie bands don't love playing to a room that feels empty even if they've pushed to fill it, either.
While The Garrison has always sounded pretty great, and some of the city's more nationally-known acts can make it feel lively and energetic, the half-empty feel can kill the vibe of a smaller show that music fans in Toronto often crave.
The Baby G splits the difference, still going for an above ground building with space enough for 170 in the performance area, apparently. The ceilings are high and like the Garrison, there's not a lot cluttering the standing room only space.
The lack of clutter goes for any sort of decoration, too. Maybe more elements are bound to accumulate since I checked the space out on opening night, but that wasn't the style of The Garrison so I assume it won't apply here.
One wall in the front bar area has a sort of unfinished tile probably just left over from the last business, and I guess the bars are wood but I don't think there's any intention behind it. There's a pool table in the performance area people mostly use to put their drinks on.
The nitty-gritty of it is there's a large-ish bar area at the front, big enough for a good few dozen people, with big windows at the front that have the scantest squiggly designs on them.
The performance area at the back also has a bar, but there are only eight taps there. Both areas are well-staffed and service is nice and fast.
On a recent night the taps were pouring Flying Monkeys, with a simple selection of a lager, stout, amber, and pumpkin ale, as well as a raspberry sour beer, though their taps could accommodate way more.
Their fridge is amply stocked with promising tall boys as well, from Woodhouse ($7) to Great Lakes Brewery Canuck Pale Ale ($7), Coors Banquet ($8), Stiegl ($8) and more Flying Monkeys Smash Bomb ($7). Cheapest options are standard mixed drinks, PBR and Pilsner for $6.
Venus Fest presents a cozy January show full of warm vibes.
Rainbow nightscape dream pop from Luna Li
Thoughtful cloudscape pop from ggpeach Montreal
Graphic landscape pop and honest feelings from Nezzy
first Toronto show
The Baby G
1608 Dundas St. West, Toronto
On January 19th we're celebrating the release of "Under Grape Leaves", Andre Ethier's 3rd solo album out now on Telephone Explosion.
With special guests:
Blessings: Robin from Bernice
Doors at 9:00 pm. $10
Because you demanded it, girl! Last weekend we threw a party in -25 degree weather and you STILL packed the dance floor! As a reward for being so good, we're giving you a bonus January edition of HGH to kick off our new regular night at The Baby G on the last Saturday of the month. Come and get it!
-the cutest queers on Dundas West packing your dance card
-DJ Orange Pekoe pl...
Night Owl Festival Presents Fri Feb 2 at The Baby G
This psychedelic rock band formed in 2011 Memphis, TN with members including Jake Ingalls best known for playing guitar with The Flaming Lips. Bringing their heavy stage presence along with a not to miss stage and light show we couldn't be more excited to have them!
Come help Sedge celebrate the release of their sophomore album 'Psychochondriac'. 12 tracks pressed on 180g vinyls.
Album art: Scott Shields
Flyer art: Pat Larkin
Output high-decibel rock band from St. Catharines
Honesty Toronto Indie Rock
9PM. The Baby G. 19