The thriving music scene of any city is crucial not only as a hotbed for young and talented artists slowly gaining notoriety among local fans, but especially because of the incredible atmosphere in clubs that provide live music. Toronto’s variety of clubs span all around the city centre and offer visitors an incredible range of breakthrough music for everyone’s taste, any given night of the week. Here is our choice of the best live music spots:
Opened in 2009, the Garrison quickly gained popularity as Toronto’s indie music headquarters. True scruffy music fans in tight jeans stand still, scattered around the stage, and listen to the newest garage bands that may set the trends of tomorrow. The club is recognized for giving a decent start to stars like Broken Social Scene, the Constantines, and Hidden Cameras, thanks to their famous Wavelength series.
Location: 1197 Dundas St West, Toronto M6J 1X3
Lula Lounge by Sara Marlowe
Lula Lounge is a must-attend for all devoted Latino music fans in Toronto. Get swept away by the rhythm of hot Latin music played live almost every day while sipping your mojito. You can also attend dance classes provided by the club or attend a Lula Lounge specialty: a Sunday brunch buffet accompanied by the best Latin musicians in the city.
Location: 1585 Dundas Street West, one and a half blocks west of Dufferin, Toronto
The Horseshoe Tavern
by Alexandre Lung
Probably the most legendary music venue in Toronto, it has already been attracting visitors for over 60 years. Almost every band wishes to be given a chance to grace the local stage, and it is a well-known fact that even the legendary Rolling Stones once performed here. There is a good reason why this 370 Queen Street West club remains so popular throughout: its intimate atmosphere and great sound systems turn every concert into an amazing experience.
Location: 370 Queen Street West Toronto M5V 2A2
The Dakota Tavern
Get ready for a bit of western style and order a glass of whisky in this saloon-inspired venue. Dakota Tavern is one of the most acclaimed country and blues clubs and provides a chance to enjoy a concert in the warm and friendly atmosphere of the Wild West bar at the heart of Canada. Its small, bright stage is just one step from the floor so the artists seem to maintain perfect contact with the audience.
Location: 49 Ossington Avenue, Toronto M6J 3A1
Folk is alive! There certainly isn’t a better place for folk/roots lovers in Toronto. Hugh’s Room’s minimalistic, back-to-basics approach to music and its intimate concert hall setting is a true lure to all fans of this reviving genre. Concertgoers can also enjoy relaxing in the restaurant just next to the main hall before the concert.
Location: 2261 Dundas St. W. Toronto M6R 1X6