Notable Poll: What’s the Best Concert Venue in Toronto?

Summer is all about the music.

And while the ACC and Rogers Centre are sure to book the biggest names coming into town, we’re not including them in this list. Why? ‘Cause if you’re the best music venue in the city, binoculars shouldn’t be a requirement. So here’s our list of the nine most notable places to catch your favourite band – and actually see them. Vote for your favourite or feel free to tell us where we went wrong in the ‘other’ section.   


Massey Hall
Iconic, intimate, and finally letting you take beer to your seats.

The Phoenix
You enter the venue beside the front of the stage. If you fight the urge to act like cattle being herded and stop, you’ll be front row all night long.  

Kool Haus
Huge, great sound, and if you’re going to get away with letting loose, it’s going to happen here.

The Danforth Music Hall
They consistently pull some of the best acts and now feature removable seats for general admission shows.

The Horseshoe Tavern
This is where small bands go to make it medium (or big?). And medium bands give you a great show.

Lee’s Palace
Sweaty, loud, crowded. This is where you feel the concert.  

The Molson Amphitheatre
Okay, forget the binoculars comment for just a second and remember how much fun it is to watch a concert from the lawn with about 400 of your friends.

The Dakota Tavern
Poor sightlines don’t matter when your basement delivers some of the best talent in Toronto.

The Opera House
Perhaps too many all-ages shows for our taste, this is still a stage worth going to if not for the worn down grandeur of the venue alone. Think: indoor Romeo & Juliet

You know all the cool places, don’t you?

#LYNL | (Live Your Notable Life)

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