Live music can be heard thumping out of many bars in Toronto almost every night of the week. Here’s some good bets for a great night (or day) out.
Elvis Mondays is one of the longest running indie shows in the city. The bi-weekly showcase takes over The Drake Underground, every other Monday at 9:00 pm. The Drake Underground has been introducing the city to new music for 30 years. Peaches, Austra and Blind Melon have all graced the stage in years past. You never who you’ll see but you can be pretty sure it will be the first time you do.
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The Cameron House
The Cameron House is a home base for up and coming live music acts in Toronto. The Back Room has a small stage and dance floor. The twinkling Christmas lights and fake ivy lends the room the feel of a midsummer night’s dream. The stage in the front room is not raised, but set up right next to the tables creating an intimate venue. You’re sure to catch live music here any night of the week.
The Garrison is the place to see live music on the weekends (your weekend starts on Thursday, right?). Thursdays through Sundays is when The Garrison’s back room is booked for DJs, mini festivals and every kind of live music. The Garrison will also be one of the great venues taking part in the upcoming Wavelength Festival, which showcases underground bands on stages around the city.
The Dakota Tavern is a second home to some of Toronto’s most famous indie acts. Broken Social Scene and their extended group of friends, like Jason Collett have played this little stage more times than we can count. The Dakota comes alive during the day too for Bluegrass Brunch. They serve up pancakes and live music that’ll make you wanna square dance. Brunch is every Saturday and Sunday 10:00 am – 2:00 pm.