Underrated Outdoor Venues

Music in the great outdoors

Toronto’s summer of music is in full swing. There is nothing better than soaking in some sun while catching your favourite band. If you’ve been to your fair share of shows at the Molson Amphitheathre and its neighbour, Echo Beach, here are some other spots to check out:

Sherbourne Common

Sherbourne Common will be hosting George Ezra and James Bay August 1st, so be there! It’s close to the waterfront and has 3 concrete, 9 metre high, public art objects dressed up with stain glass panels and coloured outdoor lights. In other words, it’s v cool.

Sherbourne Common

(Photo by dtstuff9 via Flickr)


Trinity Bellwoods

A little less formal, Trinity Bellwoods has hosted the Great Heart Festival during this year’s NXNE, Childish Gambino’s free listening party, among other music events. Buskers and other talented individuals often take advantage of the space too. Whether or not there is something scheduled to happen in the park, you will likely be able to take in music in one form or another.

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Fort York

This venue has deep historical roots as a battlefield during the war of 1812, but fast forward a couple hundred years and it is now a chill spot to take in events like Field Trip, TIME, Mad Decent Block Party and TURF. Some big bands are coming through this summer, so march (or just walk) on over.

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Toronto Island

The island is just a quick little escape across the water and after hosting the first Toronto Bestival June 12-13th, it will surely be throwing more parties in TO. Before you jump down our throats about this year’s ferry nightmare, just remember that beautiful Toronto skyline view at sunset. Ahh.

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(Photo by Stevie Gedge via Indie88’s Flickr)


Yonge-Dundas Square

YDS is a well-know NXNE staple and while its not the most charming area of the city, most of the shows here are free, get huge crowds and are just generally dope. Check out Indie Fridays during the summer to find your new sound or catch one of your favourite up and comers.

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