The Best Live Music Venues in Toronto
The best live music venues in Toronto are havens for performers and those who love a good evening of entertainment. Big touring acts and local favourites alike have graced these stages, nestled within venues with good sight lines, sweet sound systems and lots of history.
Here are the best live music venues in Toronto.
This giant venue is situated on the street for which it's named seats 1,400 (yes, in real seats) and the floor is slightly inclined for great views of the stage. It was originally constructed as a theatre in 1919 and was first called Allen's Danforth, and began hosting live acts in the 1970s.
This large, high-ceilinged Annex venue has both sitting and standing room so you can choose your own adventure for a performance, whether you prefer sipping a drink on the sidelines or moshing in the pit. It's well known for the detailed technicolour mural that decorates the front facade.
Near busy Yonge and Dundas, this venue is packed with 127 years of history. The grandiose building has been going through a major revitalization, expanding with new theatre spaces and a seven-storey tower. One thing will never change, though, and that's the international stars that come to play here.
This little basement haunt at Dundas and Ossington is a haven for country and bluegrass fans, where it's not out of place to get up on the small dance floor and do a little do-si-do with your sweetheart. Sidle up to a barstool, order a bourbon, and let another night of live programming begin.
Those looking for a dinner theatre vibe and more global music genres can head straight to this community hub on Dundas West, easily spotted by its giant light-up sign. They're known for hosting Latin nights on weekends with dance lessons, a live band and DJ, plust no previous experience or partner is required.
Hector Vasquez at Dakota Tavern
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