Toronto Live Music Clubs
Toronto's live music clubs feature live acts playing on a regular basis. From jazz to reggae to rock, find the right spot to kick back and relax or to get up and get your groove on. These Toronto live music venues can help narrow down the search with live music club reviews, descriptions, contact information, maps and more.
This Parkdale concert hall features live entertainment, DJ sets, lounge areas, comprehensive bar services and a youthful, trendy vibe.
Founded in part by Alex Lifeson from Canadian rock band Rush, The Orbit Room showcases live bands and live music most nights of the week. R&B, funk and jazz are mainstays but blues, reggae and alternative rock music are also featured at times. The club is located in Toronto's Little Italy neighbourhood.
Renaissance Cafe is a 'let down your hair and feel the music' venue for local musicians and patrons. Its good karma vibe makes patrons feel right at home along with the specialty coffees and euro beers.
This eclectic venue offers plates of pasta and various fusion dishes in the restaurant at the front, glasses of cocktails along the bar, and some great programs in the back room, including comedy and alternative bands. There is also a poolroom up the stairs.
Since 1981, The Cameron has been a haven for local hipsters, artists, musicians, writers and anyone else who doesn't always enjoy the club scene. The building's exterior is painted with a colourful mural (visitors should remember to ask about the 10 ants included in the artwork), there is a small art gallery and live house and local bands play every night in the back room.
This traditional supper club features decor inspired by old Hollywood and offers gourmet comfort cuisine Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings, accompanied by live entertainment. DJ-hosted dances start at 10pm and large groups are welcome.
Nestled in the heart of trendy Mirvish Village, this eatery offers casual Italian fusion dining, a relaxed bar environment and live, local music events. Spread out over two floors, the restaurant features a main floor dining and entertainment space and a casual, pub-style upstairs area, ideal for sports viewing and relaxing on one of many cozy sofas. Two extensive patio spaces are offered seasonally.
Located on the fringe of the downtown core, the Opera House has acquired a reputation for drawing some exceptional performers. The Opera House's cavernous architecture has a special atmosphere, and on a good night it is the premier place to see a performance.
Grossman's Tavern features live music seven days a week including blues, R&B and originals. The pub does not charge a cover and two afternoon shows are put on each week. Saturday afternoon has featured New Orleans Jazz for 37 years running and Wednesdays feature an open stage jam from 10pm-2am.
Live jazz music, a casual dining atmosphere, eclectic menu offerings and an extensive wine list are served up at this Yonge street bistro, which features selections for brunch, lunch and dinner. Open-air dining and entertainment are offered during fair-weather months.
This live music club has been presenting some of Canada and the world's biggest up-and-coming music artists since 1985. Bands that have graced the stage at Lee's Palace include Sloan, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Nirvana, The Las, Smashing Pumpkins, Blur, the Verve, Oasis, Queens of the Stoneage, Air and hundreds more. The club, which bills itself as Toronto's Premiere Alternative Rock Venue, offers live music most nights of the week.
Savoy Bistro Lounge consists of a ornately decorated ground level bistro that serves French cuisine and a performance space with live bands, cabaret performances and more. Special nights include Friday Funk Night and Rock n Roll Covers Thursdays.
Toika Lounge has established itself as the landmark for intimate parties, celebrations and private events. Patrons enjoy a boutique lounge with an unpretentious cool vibe.
Live, local talent and karaoke are the specialties of this casual bar and pub, located in the trendy Junction district. Sunday open mike nights, hosted karaoke parties and complete bar services are offered.
This live jazz venue is often busy so be prepared to wait in line at the door and the bar. The club features an outdoor beer garden in the summertime that gets packed early and there is a smaller, lounge area inside where bands perform. Martinis are the drink specialty and the food menu includes Mediterranean dishes.
The gathering spot of both locals and visitors, this taproom offers a rather minimalist atmosphere for chatting and indulging in drink. An eclectic selection of tunes is played in the background, skirting past the dancing DJ genre.
The Phoenix has been brining in crowds eager to hear live bands and DJs since the early 90s. Featuring a main room with a huge dance floor and the overlooking Loft balcony bar, the bar offers club nights with DJs spinning 80s and 90s hits, hip hop, reggae, rock and indie music. The club is also one of Toronto's most popular live music venues brining in bands from around the world.
Located in what was formerly a Baptist church as well as a Polish legion hall, Revival showcases jazz, blues and Latin bands. The venue also serves a range of Pan-Asian dishes for those who have worked up an appetite while enjoying the live music. Patrons are generally fun, lively and friendly.
Located in the heart of the Theatre District, The is a jazz club of impeccable reputation. Reminiscent of the clubs in the 30's, the venue features local artists and those of international fame. The revelry takes place Tuesday through to Sunday of each week. The oldest diner in Toronto, the eatery retains the retro feel with vinyl booths and a lunch counter that have been on the premises since a refit in 1948. Visitors can enjoy tasty comfort foods like mac and cheese, meatloaf and chili.
Located in the heart of trendy Kensington Market, this restaurant features a menu of Pan-Asian, globally-flavored selections and eclectic post-dinner nightly live entertainment. The eatery is open for dinner nightly and offers extended hours on weekends.
Surprisingly relaxed, Hugh's room is able to accommodate 240 persons for its folk music performances. Located in Roncesvalles Village, Hugh's welcomes musicians from local, national and international roots. Scrumptious food is available. Open Tuesdays to Saturdays.
With a funky, colourful and eclectic interior, a stage for live music performances and walls covered with works by local artists, Smiling Buddha Bar is a hip spot for area musicians and artists. The bar's menu features oriental fare, and weekly theme nights include Misbehavin' Karaoke Sundays and Live Music Weekends.
This massive entertainment complex overlooking the waterfront features a number of bars and lounges including Kool Haus, Skybar, The Patio, The Gallery, Tanja, The Orange Room, D'Luxe Lounge and The Drink. The complex hosts live bands, DJs and club nights, and most of the facilities can be rented for a variety of special events.
A menu of pub-style favorites, internationally-inspired selections and extensive drink choices are offered at this casual eatery and lounge, which hosts an array of live music events, beer tasting nights and open mic sessions.
Located above the acclaimed Mistura restaurant, this stylish lounge and live music club features a menu of modern Italian cuisine, featured musical events Thursday through Saturday evenings, a private party room to accommodate functions for up to 30 guests and late-night kitchen services.
The Emmet Ray Bar is located on College Street in Toronto. The bar features live music every day of the week offering a typical pub fare menu. This is a cash only bar with an ATM on location.
Featuring a weekly lineup of food and drink specials and nightly live music, this traditional Irish pub serves up genuine hospitality with a cosmopolitan flair. Traditional Irish fare, internationally-flavored selections and classic North American pub choices are just a few of the menu offerings available.
Located in the heart of Roncesvalles Village, this neighborhood establishment is a prime venue for showcasing live, local jazz and blues talent, offered nightly and at weekend matinees. Internationally-inspired menu selections and complete bar services are offered.
Established in 1947, the renowned Horseshoe Tavern has offered several decades of live music including blues, rock, alternative, reggae, folk, mod, punk, new wave and more. Known for giving Canadian bands such as Blue Rodeo, Big Sugar, Stompin' Tom Connors, The Tragically Hip and The Band their starts, the venue has also hosted a number of famous bands from across the world such as Wilco, Ben Harper, The Ramones and The Rolling Stones.
Part of the Guvernment entertainment complex, Kool Haus hosts the most popular bands from Canada and around the world. The club includes three rooms and a rooftop patio, and can be rented for a number of special events such as gala dinners, conference parties, product launches, Christmas parties and more.
Open daily, this casual eatery offers weekend brunch, kids selections, appetizers, signature entrees and extensive bar choices. A Saturday evening cabaret, Sunday jazz matinees and bi-monthly open stage events are also offered.
Located in the trendy Danforth district, this restaurant features a menu of Eastern European classics and also showcases live music events in a casual dining environment. Open late, the eatery also features a seasonal patio for al fresco noshing and provides private party hosting services for any occasion.
The Savannah Room
This 125 seat performance venue features live talent on weekends, casual dining, full bar services and a private function space for parties up to 60 guests. A premiere spot for emerging local talent, the establishment showcases an array of musical genres, including acoustic sets, folk, reggae, country, bluegrass and much more.
The handsome Brazilian cherry hardwood, oak bar and wood accents of Dior's set just the right ambiance for a special meal or a night out. Continental cuisine, live music and DJ tunes are some of the attractions of this newer establishment.
Frequented by Kensington's punk population, this bar and live music venue has been putting on local underground bands since the 1970s. Music can be anything from surf to metal and as there is no stage, bands play surrounded by the crowd. A menu of burgers, quesadillas, pasta and other favourites is on offer.