Music in Toronto city – best concert venues

U2 in the Air  Canada Centre, U2 concert at the Air  Canada Centre, ©Ian Muttoo/Flickr

U2 in the Air Canada Centre, U2 concert at the Air Canada Centre, ©Ian Muttoo/Flickr

One of the many benefits of the wonderful city of Toronto is that swarms of nightlife and culture. All over town there are several venues which give place to special events and concerts throughout the year. So if you are a huge fan of live music Toronto is the right place for you where hundreds of concerts take place all year round.

You can choose from large arenas, local pubs, cafes and bars, or any other sized venues. The music is also varied. No matter if you are a classical music fan, or someone who prefers hip-hop or pop. There is music for all tastes. So come, visit Toronto and enjoy the music.

Massey Hall – standing in the hall of fame

This venue is probably the most famous and oldest concert venue in Toronto and most likely the most beautiful one too. Massey Hall has opened its doors in 1894, on the 14th of July giving place to a classical concert performed by the New York Symphony and the Mendelssohn Choir. The building has 2765 seats where you can take your fancy drink with you and enjoy a nice concert. Massey Hall will soon be renovated and upgraded which means that the expansions will allow visitors more accessibility and also ensures more space for the artists backstage.

Massey Hall, ©Ian Muttoo/Flickr

Massey Hall, ©Ian Muttoo/Flickr

Phoenix Concert Theatre – the indie hangout

Heads up indie fans! At Phoenix Concert Theatre you can see and meet your favorite stars such as The Roots, Ben Folds 5 or Our Lady Peace. I sure hope you like to stand on your feet as the venue mostly has standing room. If you arrive early enough you might get a spot close to the stage.

The Air Canada Centre – a place for the large mob

This is where the big shots come to perform such as U2 and Paul McCartney, or Rhianna and the Rolling Stones. The venue takes in about 19800 people which means, you should better be prepared to be squashed by the mob.

U2 in the Air  Canada Centre, U2 concert at the Air  Canada Centre, ©Ian Muttoo/Flickr

U2 in the Air Canada Centre, U2 concert at the Air Canada Centre, ©Ian Muttoo/Flickr

The Horseshoe Tavern – a living legend

The ‘Shoe nicknamed venue has opened in the year of 1947 and is famous for hosting country music performers such as Loretta Lynn and artist representing other music genres like The Sadies and the Skydiggers. Here you can listen to punk, reggae or indie. No matter what your tastes are surely there will be something nice for you.

The Opera House – not the posh kind

One might ask where someone should go for some metal. Well, the hardcore fans of heavy metal usually gather at the historic venue of the Opera House which hosted several memorable concerts of many kinds including indie, hip hop and other genres besides metal.

The Opera House, ©Sweet One/Flickr

The Opera House, ©Sweet One/Flickr

The Great Hall – keeping vintage alive

The building was constructed in 1889 and was used for displaying avant-garde art and also for hosting artists playing experimental music during the 80’s. Today it gives place to the Sleepwalk Guitar Festival and other concerts.

 

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