Defunct Toronto Live Music Venues

Jim Slotek wrote a piece for the Toronto Sun about how Toronto's live music scene isn't what it used to be. The catalyst was the closing of Hugh's Room, which may be re-opening.

In this article Jim listed Toronto's live music venues that have disappeared over the decades. I culled a list and am pasting it here to pack a punch.

  • Larry’s Hideaway
  • The Edge
  • The Nickelodeon
  • The Colonial Tavern
  • The Guvernment
  • The Big Bop
  • The Diamond
  • The Hotel Isabella
  • The Bamboo
  • The Midwich Cuckoo
  • Hotel California
  • The Gasworks
  • Ted’s Wrecking Yard
  • The Cabana Room
  • Masonic Temple
  • The Copa
  • Cafe Soho
  • Albert’s Hall
  • The Siboney
  • The Riverboat
  • The Mynah Bird
  • The Midwich Cuckoo
  • Le Coq D’Or
  • The Piccadilly Tube,
  • Network
  • Upper Lip
  • Nag’s Head North
  • The Turning Point
  • Healey’s
  • The Montreal Bistro
  • Top O’ The Senator
  • The Senator Guitar Bar
  • Bermuda Onion
  • X-Rays/Ultrasound
  • Ontario Place Forum

Did Jim miss anything?

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Jay Lu

The Spectrum (Coxwell and Gerard)

January 15, 2017 @ 10:16 AM

So many nights

So many nights spent at Albert's Hall seeing the likes of Albert Collins, Lonnie Brooks, Sunnyland Slim, Dutch Mason, Downchild and Shox Johnson & his Jive Bombers or at The Izzy with The Cameo Blues Band. Fun, fun times.

I've 3 very cool David Crighton prints of
Albert's Hall
El Mocambo
Hotel Isabella (The "Izzy) appears to be no longer offered

January 15, 2017 @ 10:24 AM

dale (Bolton)

Queensbury Arms & Lambton Tavern.

January 15, 2017 @ 10:57 AM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike


The Lambton Tavern still opens occasionally and sometimes has live music.

I know this because I bike by it all the time.

January 15, 2017 @ 11:06 AM

John M.

This list could grow very long. The Hugh's Room was great by the way.

The Brunswick House on Bloor and George's Spaghetti House on Dundas are two places I've been to.

January 15, 2017 @ 11:39 AM


The Ontario Place Forum was great. Closed down for no good reason other than Corporate Greed = Molson Ampitheatre.

January 15, 2017 @ 1:37 PM

Al The Royal Pain

I LOVED The Bamboo, such a unique atmosphere and great place to take in some good Reggea.

The Big Bop was actually comprised of 3 separate venues, Reverb, Kathedral and Holy Joe's. My old band had the pleasure of playing each one of those back in the day. It's such a shame that place is gone.

Also we played a place called Club Rockit on Church St. (Just south of Richmond) which has also since shut down. It was one of the places destroyed by Scott Pilgrim in the movie.

January 16, 2017 @ 10:43 AM

m m

The Apocalypse Club, formerly at 750 College St. Best dive bar for metal and hard rock.

January 16, 2017 @ 1:10 PM


Cherry Cola's

January 16, 2017 @ 1:49 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike


Cherry Cola's is still open, right?

January 16, 2017 @ 4:11 PM


I was there for a show on Dec 20th (met Jeff Woods too) and they were closing on the 27th. I also read it in Torontoist.

Good news. I just looked and it appears they are still open!

January 16, 2017 @ 4:59 PM


Rock and Roll Heaven ?

January 17, 2017 @ 5:41 PM


Running Pump and Penthouse in Scarborough.

The Embassy Tavern at Bay & Bloor

January 17, 2017 @ 8:57 PM


Top of The Sutton Place......saw Peter Appleyard there.

January 18, 2017 @ 12:05 PM

Charlene Cummings

Anyone remember Spats in Rexdale across from the racetrack?

April 19, 2017 @ 1:22 PM


The Hollywood on the Queensway

April 23, 2017 @ 10:31 PM


Club Kingsway (Ramones, Sam the Sham)

April 23, 2017 @ 10:40 PM


Remember The Yonge Station and The Rondun Tavern?

November 8, 2017 @ 7:07 PM

Cafe on the Park

Cafe on the Park (Eglinton, west of Yonge) where we saw some great David Wilcox acoustic sets.

November 8, 2017 @ 11:49 PM

Laura Horton

The Falcon's Nest (Mister D's), Scarborough
Broom and Stone, Scarborough
Stonehouse Inn Scarborough

March 15, 2018 @ 9:08 PM

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