Top Choice Live Music in Toronto

Horseshoe Tavern

Well past its 65th birthday, the legendary Horseshoe still plays a crucial role in the development of local indie rock. This place just oozes a history of good times and classic performances. Come for a beer and che…
Live Music in Ottawa

Irene's Pub

Friendly and funky, if a little grimy in the thick of a busy weekend, Irene's is the three-decade-old spiritual home for the Glebe neighborhood's artists and musicians. It offers live music, with a good line in Celt…
Jazz in Toronto

Reservoir Lounge

Swing dancers, jazz singers and blues crooners call this cool candlelit basement lounge home, and it has hosted its fair share of musical greats over the years. Where else can you enjoy a martini while dipping straw…
Live Music in Sudbury

Towne House Tavern

This beloved grungy venue is all about Canadian indie from punk to gospel, and stages acts including local bands and big names from the south. Adding to the musical entertainment are a games room and a bar serving p…
Live Music in Sault Ste Marie


Grab a glass of vino or local craft beer from the glittering steel bar and enjoy an evening amid strumming guitars and the restless murmurs of tortured artists. Promoting local culture since 2003, LopLops stages liv…
Live Music in Kingston

Grad Club

Housed in an imposing Victorian mansion, this Queen's campus mainstay is one of the hottest venues for live music. It also hosts special events such as tastings of local craft beers.
Live Music in Ottawa

Rainbow Bistro

An oldie but a goodie: the best place in town to catch live blues. See live music here nightly in summer, with some sets starting as early as 3pm.
Live Music in Toronto

Dakota Tavern

This basement tavern rocks with wooden-barrel stools and a small stage where you can catch some twang. You'll hear mostly country, blues and some rock. Saturday and Sunday bluegrass brunches ($15; 11am to 3pm) are a…
Classical Music in Toronto

Toronto Symphony Orchestra

A range of classics, Cole Porter–era pops and new music from around the world are presented by the TSO at Roy Thomson Hall (sometimes also at Massey Hall and the Toronto Centre for the Arts). Consult the website for…
Live Music in Toronto

Lee's Palace

Legendary Lee's Palace has set the stage over the years for Dinosaur Jr, Smashing Pumpkins and Queens of the Stone Age. Kurt Cobain started an infamous bottle-throwing incident when Nirvana played here in 1990. You …