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Current Toronto Jazz Venues

last updated: Jun 2, 2020.
Below ** indicates venue websites with player lineups posted.
**The Rex Jazz & Blues Bar - 2-4 shows/day; 7 days/Week; (cover varies)
194 Queen St West (416-598-2475); See The Rex website for player line-ups!

**The Emmet Ray Bar - Live Music 7 nts/wk; Jazz Fri thru Mon nights; (PWYC)
924 College St, just east of Dovercourt (416-792-4497). Trendy Bistro food! Eclectic variety of music.
See Emmet Ray website for player line-ups!
Trios/Quartets often 4 nights every week

Harlem Underground - Jazz Mondays; 8:30-11pm
745 Queen St West (416-366-4743), 2 blk west of Bathurst. See Harlem's websiteor Neil Brathwaite's Facebook for more info.
Weekly Monday Quartets: Neil Brathwaite (sax) with guests

**120 Diner - Jazz Tuesdays thru Sundays, various times and cover/PWYC
120 Church St, just south of Queen St East (416-792-7725). See 120 website for player line-ups!

The Salty Dog Bar and Grill - Jazz Tuesdays, 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 the sidebar on this page
for player line-ups or Salty's Facebook !
Since 2010, Greg Pilo (drums) has hosted weekly quartets with some of Toronto's finest!

**The Home Smith Bar - Jazz Wed thru Sat; 7:30-10:30pm
($20 min food-bev)
21 Old Mill Road (416-236-2741). See line-up on this page's sidebar or Home Smith Bar website for more info.
11 yrs of Impressive line-ups 4 nights of the week!

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

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

**Tennessee Tavern - Wednesday Jazz evenings; 9-11pm (PWYC)
1554 Queen St West, east of Roncesvalles (416-535-7777)
See their website or their their Facebook for more information.
Weekly Wednesdays: BMC Soul Jazz: Ben Bishop (guitar), Jeff McLeod (organ) and Morgan Childs (drums) with weekly special guests!

**Burdock - Brewery-Bar-Resto - Live Music 6 nts/wk includes Jazz Various days;
(Cover varies)
1184 Bloor West. Variety of music, beer & food.
See Burdock's website for player line-ups and all details!

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.

Tranzac Club - Jazz various evenings! (PWYC)
292 Brunswick Ave, just south of Bloor (416-923-8137). See Tranzac calendar for available info.

**Mezzetta Restaurant & Tapas Bar - Jazz Wednesdays, 9pm ($12 cover)
681 St Clair Ave W, west of Christie (416-658-5687). Note: See Mezzetta's website for 2019 dates when jazz resumes.
Weekly Duos often guitar-based.

**Bloom Restaurant - Jazz MonthlyThursday/Fridays, 7pm;$45 Prix Fixe Dinner-Show
2315 Bloor St West (416-767-1315). See Bloom's Website for more info on this unique Nuevo Latino cuisine restaurant.
Monthly Trios/Quartets

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

**Poetry Jazz Cafe - Various Jazz Tuesdays, 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 - Jazz dates vary; (covers vary)
1585 Dundas St West, 416-588-0307. See full calendar atLula Lounge website.

Hirut Restaurant - Jazz Monthly Thursdays and Fridays, 8pm; (PWYC)
2050 Danforth Ave, one block west of Woodbine; (416-551-7560).
Check their Facebook for jazz combos scheduled.

**The Pilot Tavern - Jazz Saturdays, 2:30-5:30pm (no cover)
22 Cumberland St, 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!

**Dakota Tavern - some Jazz evenings; 7-9pm (cover varies)
249 Ossington St, west of Manning Ave (416-850-4579)
See Dakota's website for their Jazz events and available player details.

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.

All Toronto venues and links below and on this page are current as of Oct 2019.

New Releases Available !

click for larger version click for larger version Norman Marshall Villeneuve's new releases, Canadian Jazz Messengers Vol I: Hipsippy Blues and Canadian Jazz Messengers Vol II: La Quiea feature Norm on drums with Dave Restivo (piano), Mike Downes (bass), Joe Allen (trumpet), Grant Stewart (tenor), and Ken Fornetran (alto). These 1992 releases have been remastered by Andre White, and are now available exclusively on Norm's website, where you can sample the tracks and purchase track or album downloads.
Hear the hard-driving bebop sound that inspired Geoff Chapman of the Toronto Star to dub Norm "Canada's Art Blakey."

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The Rex Jazz & Blues Bar: Every Day, 2-4 shows/day!
Find all choices on the Rex website.

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Friday, Sat, Sunday and Monday night Jazz!
See their website for all player line-ups ComingUp!

Salty Dog Jazz, Tuesdays in the Beaches
"Final" Bow this Sun, March 1, 3:30-7pm

click to see larger version The Salty Dog Bar & Grill, 1980 Queen St East:
Sunday, March 1, 3:30-7pm
Join Greg on the last day of 'the Dog' and sadly a goodbye to Greg's "Ten" yrs of stupendous weekly jazz quartets and quintets. Greg will be joined by Bernie Senensky, Dave Young and numerous drop-in guests.
Let's hope someone gets wise and takes advantage of the gift that Greg provided Salty's ownership and the Beaches/East side community. THANK YOU GREG PILO! Love live "Live" Jazz!

Home Smith Bar at The Old Mill

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7:30-10:30; see Feb and March 2020 lineups above
Sept-June: 4-5 nights each week!
See their website for more information.

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Check for all choices ComingUp at Jazz Bistro's website.

Tennessee Tavern Soul Jazz, Wednesdays in Parkdale

click to see larger version Tennessee Tavern: Wednesdays, 9-11pm: BMC Soul Jazz: Ben Bishop (guitar). Jeff McLeod (organ) and Morgan Childs (drums) with Guests!
See Tennessee's website or the player's Facebook for more info.

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Committed for several years to Wed jazz, Mezzetta is one of the original tapas restos in TO.
See Mezzetta's website for lineups scheduled.

click to see larger version A tradition of Saturday afternoon Live Jazz for 25+ yrs!
22 Cumberland St, steps away from Yonge and Bloor.
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