Inspired by this blogTO article on their picks on the most underrated music spots in Toronto, I thought I'd write my own list, in case any Torontonian is interested.
In no particular order:
268 Augusta Ave
A fun spot in Kensington Market, this resto-music venue has excellent food (get their pad thai!) and an eclectic mix of music. Saturday nights are dance night, a blend of hiphop and R&B, while weeknights you can check out indie rock, folk, funk and much more. Decent drink prices and great sound.
783 College St.
If you want a large space to check out music, but not so big the venue is cavernous, check out Revival in Little Italy. It's the host venue for the monthly HipHop Karaoke, so it can handle a deluge of people. I once saw Black Eyed Peas there before they blew up, and truly that was one of the best shows I've ever seen. Sound is top-notch and the floor space is quite long, but not so wide. Just watch out for long lines.
603 Markham St
Nestled in the heart of the Annex, The Central might not be the biggest joint around, but what it lacks in seating it makes up in intimacy. Great for folk/guitarist concerts, not so great for massive shows, where sightlines could become a problem. I like the selection of beers, and the patio is pretty sweet in case you need a break from the tunes.
408 Queen St. W.
The Cameron House has two stages, the front and back, and both are rockin' spaces, except when a loud rock band bleeds their sound to the folk singer playing on the other stage. When the sound is just right, the Cameron works on many levels: friendly staff, intimate staging, pretty good sound and the acts are consistently talented. The fun band Run With Kittens call Cameron House home, as does Corin Raymond, who often plays there Thursdays at 6 p.m.
Do you have any Toronto venues to recommend?