Toronto has arguably become one of the best cities in North America to discover #RandomActsOfMusic. Whether you are new to the city, or have been experiencing the downtown lifestyle for a while now you realize how alive this city really becomes at night. Here are five of Toronto’s top venues you need to visit if live music is your thing:
Danforth Music Hall
One of the biggest challenges any concert goer faces, is picking out that great view of the stage. Luckily, Danforth Music Hall’s floor is built with a slight incline so no matter where you stand you are guaranteed to have an amazing view. Additionally, if you prefer to have a seat next to you when you watch a show, they also have a large balcony. The sound and lighting are also fantastic.
Dakota Tavern is one of our favourite spots in Toronto just north of Ossington and Dundas. As you walk in to the venue down the steep steps, you are automatically transported out of the urban city into what feels like the deep south… Cajun country. Bourbon is your best friend here, so make sure you get well acquainted. The warm sounds from the bands and artists mixed with the twinkling lights and wood walls really bring out the ambiance of this local gem.
It’s been 69 years since Horseshoe Tavern has been leading the charge on music venues in Toronto and it’s no surprise as to why that is. If you want to experience a classic rock ‘n roll venue, that’s grungie and loud, then this is the meat and potatoes of Toronto’s downtown music scene. It’s got a small concert floor that’s flat but that’s the beauty of it… you need to earn a good spot if you want to see the show.
The Drake Underground
If hip hop, dance and electronic music is your thing then The Drake Underground is the place you need to go. On show nights you have all types of people that come through that have one thing in common; to let loose, get the liquor flowing, and have a good time. It’s dark and there’s very little cell phone reception which is great because you can actually enjoy the show and meet some pretty chill people.
And there you have it! Five spots in Toronto for you to discover #RandomActsOfMusic.