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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…
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…
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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…
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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 …
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Glenn Gould Studio

Glenn Gould Studio's acoustics do the namesake famous pianist honor. Purchase advance tickets for evening concerts of classical and contemporary music by soloists, chamber groups, choirs and sinfonia between Septemb…
Jazz in Toronto

Dominion Pub and Kitchen

This jazzy pub has had a recent refresh but maintains a rep for sassy vocalists, trios and sextets through to full-blown swing bands. Music starts nightly around 9pm. Beers have a crafty edge, and there's plenty of …
Jazz in Toronto


The Rex has risen from its pugilistic, blue-collared past to become an outstanding jazz and blues venue. Over a dozen different Dixieland, experimental and other local and international acts knock over the joint eac…
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Toronto Centre for the Arts

Way north on Yonge St, the 1000-seat George Weston Recital Hall is home to the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. The 1700-seat Main Stage Theatre and intimate Studio Theatre also host ballet and theater.
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Songbird Feist got her start here. Nightly live music (rock, indie and solo singer-songwriters), weekly stand-up comedy and monthly hip-hop nights are all part of the lineup. There's an awesome pool hall upstairs an…