There's nothing better than live entertainment, period. Whether you're seeing a band, artist or stand-up comedian, there's no such thing as wasted money when it comes to a night out. Below you will find a voted list of popular Toronto Concert Venues highlighting the places where your favourite acts are likely to show up.
Air Canada Centre is Canada's premier sports and entertainment venue and home to the Toronto Maple Leafs Hockey Club, Toronto Raptors Basketball Club and the Toronto Rock Lacrosse Team. Air Canada Centre recently celebrated its tenth anniversary, having first opened its doors in February 1999.
Rogers Centre, formerly known as SkyDome, is one of the most dynamic and versatile entertainment centres in the world. No other venue has the diversity of events that Rogers Centre hosts on an annual basis across over 200 event days. Since its spectacular opening on June 3, 1989, Rogers Centre has achieved the highest honours in the stadium entertainment industry and is a leader in corporate environmental responsibility.
The Corporation of Massey Hall and Roy Thomson Hall presents programming ranging from emerging artists to the biggest names in the arts and entertainment — from classical and jazz to world music, rock and comedy. Presentations are held not only at Massey Hall and Roy Thomson hall but also at the 341 seat Glenn Gould Studio (CBC Broadcasting Centre) and the brand new 1140 seat Koerner Hall (at The Royal Conservatory of Music).
Located in downtown Toronto, Roy Thomson Hall and Massey Hall are two of Canada's most renowned concert halls. Both halls are managed by the Corporation of Massey Hall and Roy Thomson Hall, a not for profit charitable organization.
The Music Hall is a performance art venue in Toronto. Constructed in 1919 by architects Hynes, Feldman and Watson, the hall was originally part of the National Theatre chain, named Allen's Danforth Theatre after chain ownes. After years of operation hosting, it was revisioned as a second-run movie theater called the century. In 2005, it underwent renovations under new management to return it to its theater roots.
SONY CENTRE FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS, Toronto’s first performing arts centre, has played a defining role in the cultural life of Toronto for more than 50 years. Today, the newly renovated Sony Centre’s mission is to unite the global citizens of Toronto through great artistic experiences.
The Great Hall was built in 1889 by the founder of the Moore Corporation, Samuel J. Moore, Architects Gordon & Helliwell were chosen to design this four storey building. is approximately 30,000 sq ft. with a full basement. It housed the first west end YMCA in Toronto. The "Y" offered athletic facilities that included a gymnasium with a raised running track, and a basement swimming pool. Canadian native marathon star Tom Longboat worked out here when he won the Boston Marathon in 1907, as did chocolate magnate and accomplished amateur wrestler, Morden Neilson, it was also home to some of the earliest basketball games ever played in history.
In 1912 the property was sold to the Royal Templars of Temperance, who conducted business in the building until 1940's when there was a major shift in the buildings use. It was acquired by the Polish National Union, and soon, presses on the ground floor were rolling out copies of The Polish Voice newspaper. On the top floor, rooms were pressed into service as temporary shelter for Polish refugees fleeing the war in Europe.
In the mid 1980's the rumble of the presses were replaced by the sound of experimental music and avante-garde art. The Toronto School of Art eventually helped to establish 1087 Queen St. West as an important address for Toronto's arts community.
The Molson Amphitheatre, which is located in Toronto, Canada, is an excellent venue with top notch facilities. It is located where the Ontario Place Forum was located formerly. The Amphitheatre is has been host to some of the most exclusive concerts and events in the past. One of the most noticeable of these includes the concert in which Bryan Adams performed in 1995, which gave The Amphitheatre a memorable opening. Some of the most popular singers and bands have performed at the Molson Amphitheatre since that grand opening of the venue.
There are a lot of bands playing at a lot of concert venues in Toronto, so we make sure every place that creates their profile on our site gets reviewed and approved by an editor, so only the fine-tuned and well tweaked make the final cut.
This list isn't just thrown together by a Google search. You've got the savvy, city-dwelling experience. We wouldn't want to waste time sifting through a massive Yellow pages-style database, so why should you? That's why our listings are made only with carefully voted places provided by you, the user.
Sometimes the best show doesn't have to happen at a pristine, upper class, 3000 seat concert hall. There's plenty of Toronto music venues fit for the up and coming and veteran touring bands alike and if they're really the cream of the crop, we'll make an essential post about them.
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Lee's Palace & The Dance Cave are located at 529 Bloor St. W. Toronto, one and a half blocks east of Bathurst.Exit the TTC at the BATHURST subway. The building consists of two floors, each about 5000 sq. ft. The ground level is Lee's Palace which features live bands (usually alternative rock), the second floor is The Dance Cave, an alternative dance club. The Dance Cave is open 4 nights a week, Mon, Thr-Sat, with the main floor usually WED-SAT, and for mid-week Concerts
Situated just east of Molson Canadian Amphitheatre on the shores of Lake Ontario, TD Echo Beach is Toronto’s hottest new outdoor concert venue. The 5,000-capacity venue features a real sand beach and offers guests a spectacular view of the downtown Toronto skyline. TD Echo Beach is a general admission venue with no reserved seating and allows fans to get up-close-and-personal to their favourite bands. VIP viewing platforms are accessible on select TD Echo Beach concerts that offer raised level viewing platforms, VIP air conditioned washrooms and private food and beverage service. (Check ticket purchase page for select concerts) Renovations are currently underway to enhance the concert experience for all guests that include; enlarged viewing area, upgraded food and beverage offerings and numerous upgrades to venue design and layout to better the experience for all guests. TD Echo Beach made a splash with critics and concert-goers alike during its inaugural year. The 2012 concert lineup saw Sigur Rós, My Morning Jacket and Ed Sheeran among other international performers headline the main stage at TD Echo Beach. In 2013 TD Echo Beach will offer new enhancements that will allow all guests to enjoy this one of a kind venue in Toronto!
Over the past 20 years the Phoenix Concert Theatre has played host to thousands of live performances and a roster of legendary artists including: The Rolling Stones, The Tragically Hip, Bob Dylan and Green Day as well as internationally known contemporary artists such as Death cab for Cutie, Two Door Cinema Club and USS. In addition The Phoenix has played host to countless events and performances for city wide events like North by Northeast, The Toronto International Film Festival, Canadian Music Week and Junofest to name a few.
The Phoenix Concert Theatre is eighteen thousand square feet of eclectic grandeur encompassing three different environments. The Main Room features one of the city’s largest dance floors, leading edge sounds and light system five bars; including a fifty foot bar made of marble, a twenty by thirty foot stage, full concert facilities and a giant projection screen. Le Loft which overlooks the Main Room features an overhanging balcony which stretches the entire width of the club, lounge seating, its own separate bar, custom artwork and two television screens. The Parlour which is reachable from the Main Room and the front entrance features a separate sound system, dance floor and lighting system.
This list is just a sample - a guitar solo if you will - of the top Concert Venues Toronto has to offer. They may be the most popular places, but there’s more. Loads more. There’s an encore-worthy list of editor-picked and curated Toronto Concert venues ready for your viewing. If you’re interested in what’s happening at places like these, check out our events section to see what’s on the horizon, or our galleries to see what you’ve been missing.SEE FULL LISTING