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Current Jazz Venues

Jan 13, 2017 - Below are the most-consistent TO venues devoted to jazz, including links to each venue for further info.
The Rex - 2-4 shows/day; 7 days/Week; (cover varies)
194 Queen St West (416-598-2475); See The Rex website for COMPLETE selection of all performances!

The Emmet Ray Bar - Live Music 7 nts/wk; Jazz Sunday & Mondays; (PWYC)
924 College St, just east of Dovercourt (416-792-4497). Trendy Bistro food! Eclectic variety of music.
See Emmet Ray website for full music schedule.

Gate 403 Restaurant - Jazz, Blues, Latin & Boogie 7 days/Week; (no cover)
403 Roncesvalles, south of Dundas St West (416-588-2930) (Free parking at Howard P.S. parking lot located on west side of Roncesvalles on Howard Park Ave.)
See Gate 403 website for FULL calendar.

Harlem Restaurant - Jazz Mondays; 8-11pm; (no cover)
67 Richmond St East (416-368-1920). See Harlem's website for more info.
Weekly Mondays: Neil Brathwaite (sax) with guests

The Motel - Jazz Mondays, 10:30-1am (no cover)
1235 Queen St St W; (647-381-6246) just W of Dufferin St
Weekly Mondays: Nathan Hiltz solo guitar

120 Diner - Jazz Tuesdays thru Sundays, various times and cover
120 Church St, just south of Queen St East (416-792-7725). See 120 website for full calendar.

Note! Jazz Wednesdays being added starting Feb 15/17
The Salty Dog Bar and Grill - Jazz Tuesdays; **plus Wednesdays starting Feb 15, 2017!, 7-10pm (PWYC)
1980 Queen Street East, north side @ Waverley Ave, 4 blocks east of Woodbine, just west of Kew Gardens (416-849-5064); See Salty Dog's website for player line-ups coming up!
Playing with Greg Pilo (drums) ... quartets with some of Toronto's finest (since 2010)!

La Revolución - Jazz Tuesdays, 8-10:30pm (no cover)
2848 Dundas St W; (416-766-0746)
Piano & Guest Duos with Peter Hill (keys) ...

The Reservoir Lounge Swing, Jump Blues & Boogie Woogie 5 nts/wk;
Tue thru Sat; 7 pm or 9:45 pm
(cover varies)
52 Wellington St East, west of Church (416-955-0887); Light club menu till 2 a.m.!
See Reservoir Lounge website for monthly calendar.

Duggans Brewery - Jazz Wednesday Trios, 7-10pm; PWYC
1346 Queen St West, two blocks west of Dufferin at Brock; (416-588-1086). See Duggan's website for more info.

Whistlers Grill - Jazz Wednesdays, 7pm; no cover
995 Broadview Ave at Mortimer(416-421-1344). See Whistlers website for more info.
Weekly Wednesdays: Jazz Response Unit with Aaron Harnett (keys) and guests

The Home Smith Bar - Jazz weekly Thursday, Friday and Saturdays; 7:30-10:30pm
Monthly Tuesdays start Feb 7; 7:30-10:30pm
; ($20 min food-bev)
21 Old Mill Road (416-236-2741). See Home Smith Bar website for more info, and these links for player line-ups for January and February..

Jazz Bistro - Evening Shows, Tuesdays thru Sundays; (cover and show times vary)
251 Victoria St (416-363-5299)
See Jazz Bistro's website for COMPLETE weekly schedule and reservations.

Reposado Tequila Bar - Jazz Wed-Thurs-Fri, after 9:30pm; PWYC
136 Ossington Ave, N of Queen St W; (416-532-6474); See Reposado's website for more info.
Wed Michael Herring and guests (bass);
Th-F Tim Hamel's Reposadists (trumpet) with guests

Tranzac Club - Jazz various evenings! (PWYC)
292 Brunswick Ave, just south of Bloor (416-923-8137). See Tranzac website for some music details. See Jan 4-10, 2016 Tranzac Newsletter for full calendar.

Poetry Jazz Cafe - Various Jazz Thursday thru Sundays; evenings & Sunday afternoons; $10 cover or PWYC Sundays
224 Augusta Ave in Kensington Market(416-599-5299)
See full music schedule here at Poetry's website. Limited seating!

Lula Lounge - usually Jazz Thursday-Fridays; (dates & cover vary)
1585 Dundas St West, 416-588-0307. See full calendar Lula Lounge events for more info.

Jazz at Oscar's - Fridays, 9-11:30pm;(no cover)
Arbor Room, 7 Hart House Circle, University of Toronto (licensed)
See Oscar's website for more info and all music listings. This is a licensed room.

Moves to 2nd Floor 'Stealth Lounge' starting Jan 7, 2017!
The Pilot Tavern - Jazz Saturdays, 3-6pm (no cover)
22 Cumberland St, 2nd Fl, Stealth Lounge; 1/2 block west of Yonge, 1 block north of Bloor (416-923-5716)
See The Pilot website for more info.
Weekly Quartets ... with some of Toronto's finest (since ...forever)!

May Cafe - Various evenings;(cover varies)
876 Dundas St West, west of Manning Ave (647-607-2032)
See May's website for jazz their Jazz events and player details.

Trinity Common - Jazz Sunday Trios; 12-3pm; (cover $12)
303 Augusta Ave, just south of College (647-346-3030). See Trinity's website for more info.
Weekly Duos & Trios starting Jan 8

Morgans - Jazz Sunday Trios or Duos; 2-5pm; (no cover)
1282 Danforth Ave, just east of Greenwood (416-461-3020). See Morgans' website or call them for more info.
Weekly Trios/Duos starting Jan 8

Mezzetta Restaurant & Tapas Bar - Jazz Wednesdays, 9pm ($12 cover)
681 St Clair Ave W, west of Christie (416-658-5687
See Mezzetta's website or call them for more info; jazz returns on Jan 25 thru Feb 22.
Weekly Duos starting Jan 25, usually guitar-based.

The Local GEST - Jazz Sundays, 4:30-7:30pm (no cover)
424 Parliament St, south of Carlton (416-961-9425). See The Local's website for more info.
Weekly Trios/Duos starting Feb 12

Gallery 345 - Jazz, various performance dates & cover
345 Sorauren Ave (416-822-9781). Find the full performance schedule at the Gallery's website.
see their website's link above for jazz ComingUp ...

For more jazz/blues club listings, plus, see our Other Jazz Links page.

E-mail us at info@ComingUpStraightAhead.com

Dec 29/16: To our Toronto Jazz fans who have followed our updated listings since 2013, we're taking a break from posting specific player line-ups until further notice. We've been unable to upgrade our site as we had hoped to a less labour-intensive and potentially community-driven site, and have decided to step away to consider options. In the meantime ...

Check back here occasionally for further news. For those on Facebook, at some point in our pause for the cause, we'll start posting photos and reminders of up-coming gigs ...Facebook. See you soon on the jazz highways & biways!

... to the Joy of Jazz & Life in 2017!

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