Live music venues in Toronto

Toronto has a long history of live music venues. Most are gone, many replaced with condos, but some still exist today.

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List of all subjects. You can also see all the historic photos for a given neighbourhood. We also have a list of all the photos arranged by date.

1971
  to
1982
Fonds

The Edge or Egerton's

In an unassuming house at the corner of Gerrard and Church which still stands today, The Edge was an early punk rock venue near Ryerson Polytech.

Follow this link to our 6 entries, dated from 1971 to 1982 related to The_Edge

1919
  to
1985

The El Mocambo

Still operating as a club today, The El Mocambo has stood on the west side Spadina Ave. with its distinctive palm tree sign for years.

Follow this link to our 12 entries, dated from 1919 to 1985 related to El_Mocambo

200
  to
2019
Accession

The Horseshoe Tavern

Queen Street West isn't complete without the Horseshoe Tavern. From its opening in 1947 as a neighbourhood bar and restaurant, to a country and rockabilly club in the 1950's, and of course the famous 'last punk rock concert in Toronto' the Shoe has seen it all, including the Rolling Stones! ...more

Follow this link to our 10 entries, dated from 200 to 2019 related to The_Horseshoe_Tavern

1893
  to
1994
Archival

Massey Hall

Massey Hall, built in 1894, has long been the heart of Toronto music. It was designed by Canadian architect Sidney Badgley with a neoclassical facade at 178 Victoria St. and moorish arches that span the width of the interior. He took his inspiration from the Alhambra Place in Spain as well as Louis Sullivan's Chicago Auditorium and Opera house. The Toronto Mendelssohn Choir began singing there in 1895, and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra played there from 1921 until moving to Roy Thompson hall after their Gala Farewell Concert at Massey Hall on June 4th, 1982.

For more historic information see their website

Follow this link to our 18 entries, dated from 1893 to 1994 related to Massey_Hall

200
  to
1978

Larry's Hideaway

In the basement of the Prince Carlton Hotel on Carlton Street just east of Jarvis, Larry's Hideaway was on of the first punk and new wave venue's in Toronto. Before that it was a jazz club from 1961.

Follow this link to our 7 entries, dated from 200 to 1978 related to Larrys_Hideaway

1974
  to
1985
Fonds

Ontario Place Form

The rotating stage of The Forum was a Toronto summer concert favourite.

Follow this link to our 12 entries, dated from 1974 to 1985 related to Ontario_Place_Forum

200
  to
1983
Accession

Roy Thompson Hall

The corner of King Street West and Simcoe has a long history in Toronto, and the Roy Thompson Hall at 60 Simcoe streets does an excellent job adding to that history. ...more

Follow this link to our 10 entries, dated from 200 to 1983 related to Roy_Thompson_Hall

Other photos

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1960 Historic photo from Saturday, October 1, 1960 - All dressed up for the grand opening of the Ofeefe Centre in St. LawrenceAll dressed up for the grand opening of the Ofeefe Centre
64 years ago - St. Lawrence - Saturday, October 1, 1960
Max temp: 12.8°C - Min temp: 5.0°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
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1960 Historic photo from Saturday, October 1, 1960 - Cars and people outside the Okeefe Centre grand opening in St. LawrenceCars and people outside the Okeefe Centre grand opening
64 years ago - St. Lawrence - Saturday, October 1, 1960
Max temp: 12.8°C - Min temp: 5.0°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1960 Historic photo from Saturday, October 1, 1960 - Cars lined up outside the grand opening of the Okeefe Centre in St. LawrenceCars lined up outside the grand opening of the Okeefe Centre
64 years ago - St. Lawrence - Saturday, October 1, 1960
Max temp: 12.8°C - Min temp: 5.0°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
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1993 Historic photo from Wednesday, October 6, 1993 - Green Day live on stage in Toronto at the Concert Hall on October 6th, 1993 in YorkvilleGreen Day live on stage in Toronto at the Concert Hall on October 6th, 1993
31 years ago - Yorkville - Wednesday, October 6, 1993
Link to archive record - Map location
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1936 Historic photo from Wednesday, July 29, 1936 - Hanlans Point stadium - Grand Opera Aida - early evening  in Toronto IslandHanlans Point stadium - Grand Opera Aida - early evening
88 years ago - Toronto Island - Wednesday, July 29, 1936
Max temp: 20.6°C - Min temp: 13.9°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1936 Historic photo from Saturday, August 8, 1936 - Hanlans Point stadium - Grand Opera Aida - Night photo in Toronto IslandHanlans Point stadium - Grand Opera Aida - Night photo
88 years ago - Toronto Island - Saturday, August 8, 1936
Max temp: 30.6°C - Min temp: 13.9°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
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1981 Historic photo from Sunday, June 21, 1981 - Iron Maiden live on stage in Toronto at the Concert Hall on June 21, 1981 in YorkvilleIron Maiden live on stage in Toronto at the Concert Hall on June 21, 1981
43 years ago - Yorkville - Sunday, June 21, 1981
Link to archive record - Map location
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1978 Historic photo from 1978 - Jarvis House - Molly Oliver on stage in Toronto -  eventually Club 101 and originally MacFarlanes Hotel in Old TownJarvis House - Molly Oliver on stage in Toronto - eventually Club 101 and originally MacFarlanes Hotel
46 years ago - Old Town - 1978
Link to archive record - Map location (From the Library and Archives Canada)
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1960 Historic photo from Saturday, October 1, 1960 - Mural and people waiting to enter the grand opening of the Okeefe Centre in St. LawrenceMural and people waiting to enter the grand opening of the Okeefe Centre
64 years ago - St. Lawrence - Saturday, October 1, 1960
Max temp: 12.8°C - Min temp: 5.0°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
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1980 Historic photo from Tuesday, August 26, 1980 - O'Keefe Centre - Anne Murray performing live in Toronto in 1980 in St. LawrenceO'Keefe Centre - Anne Murray performing live in Toronto in 1980
44 years ago - St. Lawrence - Tuesday, August 26, 1980
Link to archive record - Map location (From the Toronto Public Library)
1970 Historic photo from Sunday, March 29, 1970 - O'Keefe Centre - Jefferson Airplane playing live in Toronto in 1970 in St. LawrenceO'Keefe Centre - Jefferson Airplane playing live in Toronto in 1970
54 years ago - St. Lawrence - Sunday, March 29, 1970
Link to archive record - Map location (From the Toronto Public Library)
1960 Historic photo from 1960 - O'Keefe Centre, Front St. E., south east corner Yonge St., Toronto, Ont. in St. LawrenceO'Keefe Centre, Front St. E., south east corner Yonge St., Toronto, Ont.
64 years ago - St. Lawrence - 1960
Link to archive record - Map location (From the Toronto Public Library)
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1926 Historic photo from Friday, April 2, 1926 - Palace Theatre stage (opened Feb 19, 1921 - 1987) - set up for the Ben Hokeas Orchestra - Hawaiian in The DanforthPalace Theatre stage (opened Feb 19, 1921 - 1987) - set up for the Ben Hokeas Orchestra - Hawaiian
98 years ago - The Danforth - Friday, April 2, 1926
Link to archive record - Map location (From Archives of Ontario)
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2000 Historic photo from 2000 - Speakers Corner - Barenaked Ladies playing Be My Yoko Ono in Queen WestSpeakers Corner - Barenaked Ladies playing Be My Yoko Ono
24 years ago - Queen West - 2000
Link to archive record - Map location
1982 Historic photo from 1982 - Streets of Toronto - Busking at Yonge and Dundas - acoustic guitar and sunglasses in DowntownStreets of Toronto - Busking at Yonge and Dundas - acoustic guitar and sunglasses
42 years ago - Downtown - 1982
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1983 Historic photo from 1983 - Streets of Toronto - Busking at Yonge and Dundas - cowboy hat and harmonica - cheapest jean store in Canada sign behind in DowntownStreets of Toronto - Busking at Yonge and Dundas - cowboy hat and harmonica - cheapest jean store in Canada sign behind
41 years ago - Downtown - 1983
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1986 Historic photo from 1986 - Streets of Toronto - Pursuit of Happiness TPOH - I'm an Adult Now (Queen West parking lot, City Hall, Yonge and Dundas, etc.)  in Queen WestStreets of Toronto - Pursuit of Happiness TPOH - I'm an Adult Now (Queen West parking lot, City Hall, Yonge and Dundas, etc.)
38 years ago - Queen West - 1986
Link to archive record - Map location
1984 Historic photo from 1984 - Streets of Toronto - The Shuffle Demons busking at Yonge and Bloor - Stich Wynston, Mike Murley, Dave Parker and Richard Underhill in YorkvilleStreets of Toronto - The Shuffle Demons busking at Yonge and Bloor - Stich Wynston, Mike Murley, Dave Parker and Richard Underhill
40 years ago - Yorkville - 1984
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
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1968 Historic photo from 1968 - The Hook and Ladder Club - Billy Daniels performing at the Beverly Hills Seaway Motor Hotel in DownsviewThe Hook and Ladder Club - Billy Daniels performing at the Beverly Hills Seaway Motor Hotel
56 years ago - Downsview - 1968
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1976 Historic photo from Tuesday, May 4, 1976 - The Hook and Ladder Club Toronto - Fats Domino performing live there in 1976 in DownsviewThe Hook and Ladder Club Toronto - Fats Domino performing live there in 1976
48 years ago - Downsview - Tuesday, May 4, 1976
Link to archive record - Map location (From the Toronto Public Library)
1982 Historic photo from Friday, October 29, 1982 - The Spoons live on stage in Toronto at the Concert Hall on October 29th, 1982 in YorkvilleThe Spoons live on stage in Toronto at the Concert Hall on October 29th, 1982
42 years ago - Yorkville - Friday, October 29, 1982
Link to archive record - Map location