Best Small Concert Venues In Toronto

Toronto, ON, Canada / 102.1 the Edge
- By Sarah Clarke

There are many bars, pubs and clubs around Toronto where you can hear live music. Here are a couple you should check out if you haven’t already.

Clinton’s Tavern

Clinton’s Tavern is located in the heart of Koreatown at Christie and Bloor. Part pub, part outdoor patio, and part dance club, Clinton’s is a great place to hangout for whatever mood you are in. Clinton’s opened in 1937 and is the second oldest tavern in the city. The tavern has helped many local bands launch their careers. The Cowboy Junkies, The Barenaked Ladies and Die Mannequins have all played at the tavern.

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The Silver Dollar Room

Built in 1958, The Silver Dollar Room was created as a lounge for the Waverly Hotel. It has turned into one of the best places to check out local talent around the city. Blue Rodeo, The Barenaked Ladies, and Death from Above 1979 have all played there. In its earlier days, The Silver Dollar Room was also a host to big stars such as Bob Dylan.

Drake Underground

Located in the basement of The Drake Hotel, the Drake Underground hosts live indie shows and DJ dance parties. Past performers include Vance Joy and The Sheepdogs.

Lee’s Palace

Recognizable by its bright, colourful mural, Lee’s Palace is a concert venue and bar located in the Annex. Known for its small setting, Lee’s Palace has housed many renowned bands such as Our Lady Peace, Arctic Monkeys and Oasis.

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The Horseshoe Tavern

The Horseshoe Tavern, or The Shoe as it has affectionately come to be known by Torontonians, is a small bar located at Queen and Spadina. Its 60-year history includes performances by a wide range of artists. Both Bryan Adams and the Tragically Hip have performed at this venue in the past.

Sarah Clarke

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