Toronto is a cultural and diverse city, with lots going on. Live music is not hard to come by in the city. There are lots of places to see live music with acts that very in genre, there is typically something for everyone.

Where to catch live music in Toronto

  • For up and coming and more local acts, hit up some pubs or smaller venues such as the Cameron House. Cameron House was one of the places where people like Blue Rodeo started their career. There is live music every night, no cover, no exceptions. There is also the Horshoe, another staple and home of a lot of famous acts’ beginnings.
  • For Indie lovers, the Phoenix is a midsize venue that hosts well know artists such as The Tragically Hip, Death Cab for Cutie, etc.
  • For Jazz lovers there are also a plethora of places to check out including the swanky Resevoir Lounge which has decor to match the live jazz music. Little known, this is where Michael Buble started his career. Don’t forget Massey Hall, one of the most legendary music locales in Toronto. The acts here are rich in jazz and contemporary music.
  • For those who like rock and roll, especially hardcore rock, check out the ironically named Opera House or even smaller venues like the Dakota Tavern or Lee’s Place. Unfortunately, the Hard Rock Cafe which was located by Yonge-Dundas Square since 1978 opened its door for the last time in May 2017.
  • If you are DJ lover, check out CODA where glowsticks and EDM will make your night vibrant and exciting. Tickets for this venue do sell out quickly so buy in advance and keep an eye online for their lineups.
  • For anyone and everyone looking to catch the biggest names, the Air Canada Centre and Molson Ampitheatre are two large halls where the big names on tour tend to play. Check online for details and information.