Toronto concert goers have suffered the immeasurable loss of venues like The Hoxton and (soon) The Silver Dollar over the past year. Like a phoenix from the ashes, some awesome new indie venues as unique as their predecessors have risen to help fill the void in our lives.
Here are our favourite new music venues that have opened in Toronto:
Burdock tops the list of Toronto’s most beautiful live show spaces. Adjoined to its sister micro-brewery and restaurant, this intimate venue is a paradise for the audiophile with a taste for interior design. Acoustically designed with a world-class Meyer Sound system, and sound-isolated, you know you’re going to be in for a treat.
Expect to see acts related to folk, small plays/performances, classical, indie.
The Baby G is quite literally the baby brother of the well-established Garrison music hall and restaurant, just a few blocks west on Dundas West. The 170 capacity venue was designed in mind for indie acts and smaller touring bands by Shaun Bowring, creator of The Garrison and former Sneaky Dee’s booker.
Expect to see acts related to indie, alternative rock.
The Great Hall
The Great Hall has been one of those little hidden treasures in Toronto, perched above the corner at Queen and Dovercourt since 1890. It may not be a “new” venue, but after a massive two-year-long, $4-million renovation, we’ll give credit where credit’s due. Aside from putting on incredible music shows, the massive floor space allows it to frequently host extra-curricular activities like indie wrestling nights, and craft shows.
Expect to see acts related to folk, alternative rock, indie.
Junction City Music Hall
Since opening only a few short years ago, Junction City Music Hall has quickly and quietly made a name for itself as one of the city’s most exciting venues. Pinball tables, cheap beer, and a picturesque light stage reminiscent of the Dakota Tavern that brings in a diverse crowd every night.
Expect to see acts related to folk, classic rock, indie, alternative rock, country.
Fat City Blues
Celebrating their two-year mark in the city this month, Fat City Blues is unlike any bar you’ve ever been to in Toronto. This tiny bar and venue brings the soul of New Orleans to the heart of Little Italy. On any given weeknight, you’ll without a doubt have a hard time cramming into this 75-person capacity room full with people dancing in every available square foot, fire-breathing bartenders, and artists ripping solos standing on the bar.
Expect to see acts related to blues, rock, jazz, lounge.
Formerly known as the Sound Academy, the sought-after Toronto venue went under the knife last year for a major overhaul. Now stands REBEL, a 45,000-square foot multi-level club complex. It features a “a fashionable black and gold colour scheme, high-gloss contemporary surfaces, unusual animalistic and vegetal patterns, and subversive graphics.” Oh yeah, and it kicks even more ass for live shows.
Expect to see acts related to rock, alternative rock, indie, dance, EDM, heavy rock, metal.
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