Here are the top 10 favorite places for performances in Toronto as shared with us by electro-pop artist Kristin Karma.
1. The Mod Club (@ themodclub)
The Mod Club has been and continues to be a staple music venue in Toronto. Having played this venue twice, the sound and atmosphere never let the performers down and continue to cater to top-notch performances every time.
2. The Hideout (@thehideouttoronto)
The Hideout is one of the venues that you need to check out if you’re ever in Toronto. The overall vibe of the venue is dark rocker-goth-chic with hand-painted artwork and a decent-sized stage. For the most part, they have Rock acts playing the venue but it’s been known to slot in other genres as well.
3. The Cameron House (@thecameronhouse)
The Cameron House (back room) is a smaller but intimate stage with top-notch sound. It’s a decent-sized room built for smaller crowds, decorated with eclectic art pieces, and also has a fully stocked bar and a great staff.
4. The Horseshoe Tavern (@horseshoetavern)
I’ve been to the Horseshoe a few times and they have a really nice setup. It’s a big stage in a smaller venue that stretches into an area at the front for the Bar and the back which is used for performances. The sound has always been amazing, and great for photographers because the lighting is extremely welcoming.
5. The Piston (@thepistonbar)
The Piston is a small venue at 100 capacity but has the heart of a bigger venue. It’s a little tucked away in the back of a bar where you might miss it if you’re not careful. It packs a punch with the sound and lighting rig that’s set up and a stage that any performer would be happy to step onto.
6. The Rivoli (@rivolitoronto)
The Rivoli is another notable venue located on Queen Street in the heart of downtown Toronto. It’s often used for showcases for various different events going on and doesn’t disappoint. It’s got a large sound and full stage with the Rivoli Logo in the back which is a staple for any performer.
7. Guelph Concert Theatre (@guelphconcerttheatre)
The Guelph Concert Theatre is a perfect size for bigger touring acts with a capacity of around 1,000 people. The venue has the feel of an area packed into a smaller space. It’s located about an hour outside of Toronto.
8. The Painted Lady (@paintedladyossington)
The Painted Lady is a small chic and cozy place to play. This stage only needs a small audience to really shine amongst the crowd. It’s great sound for acoustic and intimate shows.
9. C’est What (@cestwhatto)
This is a cozy place for intimate performances. It’s not only got a fairly large seating area, but the stage packs a big full sound. It’s a decent size that can accommodate a full-size band or is perfect for acoustic performances.
10. The Cavern Bar (@thecavernbar)
The Cavern is a do-it-yourself sound stage with a constant flow of crowds in and out. It’s located near a hostel which means there are always guests coming down to experience new music all throughout the night. It’s a 47-capacity venue that packs a punch when it comes to sound and volume. I’ve been there a lot and it’s a great place for new bands to start.
Kristen Karma is a Pop Artist from Vancouver, Canada who is now located in Toronto, Canada. She has opened for Grammy Award Winner AKON and has played two VIP After Parties for Lady Gaga in 2013/2017. She’s released her new single Party Heroes which charted at #17 on the iTunes Canada Pop Charts, and she continues to WOW audiences with her infectious music and energetic live performances.