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.

Alphabetical links: B    H    J    P    R    S    T    
 

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

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

1969
  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 10 entries, dated from 1969 to 1985 related to El_Mocambo

1894
  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 15 entries, dated from 1894 to 1994 related to Massey_Hall

1977
  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 3 entries, dated from 1977 to 1978 related to Larrys_Hideaway

1974
  to
1985
Accession

Ontario Place Form

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

Follow this link to our 11 entries, dated from 1974 to 1985 related to Ontario_Place_Forum

Other photos

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1984 Historic photo from 1984 - Busking at Yonge and Bloor - The Shuffle Demons - Stich Wynston, Mike Murley, Dave Parker and Richard Underhill in YorkvilleBusking at Yonge and Bloor - The Shuffle Demons - 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)
1982 Historic photo from 1982 - Busking at Yonge and Dundas - acoustic guitar and sunglasses in DowntownBusking 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 - Busking at Yonge and Dundas - cowboy hat and harmonica - cheapest jean store in Canada sign behind in DowntownBusking 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)
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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)
1999 Historic photo from 1999 - Horseshoe Tavern - Blackie and the Rodeo Kings in 1999 in Queen WestHorseshoe Tavern - Blackie and the Rodeo Kings in 1999
25 years ago - Queen West - 1999
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1983 Historic photo from Friday, January 7, 1983 - Horseshoe tavern - Dance and romance - Stagge Lee night club at the time in Queen WestHorseshoe tavern - Dance and romance - Stagge Lee night club at the time
41 years ago - Queen West - Friday, January 7, 1983
Link to archive record - Map location (From the Toronto Public Library)
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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
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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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1980 Historic photo from Monday, June 16, 1980 - Roy Thompson Hall - construction - called New Massey Hall at the time in King Street WestRoy Thompson Hall - construction - called New Massey Hall at the time
44 years ago - King Street West - Monday, June 16, 1980
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1980 Historic photo from Saturday, April 5, 1980 - Roy Thompson Hall - construction - just beyond St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church in King Street WestRoy Thompson Hall - construction - just beyond St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church
44 years ago - King Street West - Saturday, April 5, 1980
Max temp: 13.6°C - Min temp: 2.4°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1988 Historic photo from Friday, June 3, 1988 - Roy Thompson Hall - Dionne Warwick performing live on stage in Toronto in 1988 in King Street WestRoy Thompson Hall - Dionne Warwick performing live on stage in Toronto in 1988
36 years ago - King Street West - Friday, June 3, 1988
Link to archive record - Map location (From the Toronto Public Library)
1981 Historic photo from Monday, October 26, 1981 - Roy Thompson Hall - interior construction of balconies in King Street WestRoy Thompson Hall - interior construction of balconies
43 years ago - King Street West - Monday, October 26, 1981
Link to archive record - Map location (From the Toronto Public Library)
1981 Historic photo from Monday, October 26, 1981 - Roy Thompson Hall interior under construction - no seats in King Street WestRoy Thompson Hall interior under construction - no seats
43 years ago - King Street West - Monday, October 26, 1981
Link to archive record - Map location (From the Toronto Public Library)
1980 Historic photo from 1980 - Roy Thomson Hall - Construction crane in centre of building pit in King Street WestRoy Thomson Hall - Construction crane in centre of building pit
44 years ago - King Street West - 1980
Link to archive record - Map location (From the Toronto Public Library)
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2004 Historic photo from Saturday, December 18, 2004 - Skydiggers. Gord Downie. Yellow Hat. in Queen WestSkydiggers. Gord Downie. Yellow Hat.
20 years ago - Queen West - Saturday, December 18, 2004
Max temp: °C - Min temp: °C - 0.2cm of snowfall (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location
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
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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)