From Neil Young to The Weeknd, it may be a Jagged Little Pill to swallow if you’re still making jokes about America’s Hat, but the Canadian music scene is truly on (Arcade) Fire. A great music scene happens in great spaces, so we dug into the Yelp data to find the Top 50 Music Venues In Canada.
To create this list, we used Yelp data to rank small and mid-sized music venues across Canada based on the number of reviews and overall star rating. Everything is here, from spectacular art deco theatres, to sweaty, sexy dive bars and all the venues in between. Check out some highlights, then find the full list below. After that, why not read up on the Top Music Venues in the US while you’re at it? They’re ok too. 😉
Commodore Ballroom, Vancouver BC.
Go Here For: Living history. Sammy Davis Jr, Tina Turner, Nirvana, who hasn’t played here? Get there now to see the icons of tomorrow!
“If you want to go early and stand you can belly up to the stage and use it as a coaster until the show begins. Anywhere provides a good view (and excellent acoustics). There is an upper level with tables and chairs and these can be found on the sides of the stage level as well… I love the layout and it is one of my favorite places to see shows in Canada. One of my friends saw Lady Gaga here. The next time Gaga visited she played GM Place; so it is a great place to get up close and personal with acts that may move onto less intimate venues.” Sunshine M.
The Danforth Music Hall, Toronto ON.
Go Here For: Secret Rhianna show anyone?
“Originally a cinema, the floor is inclined so it’s a little easier to see. The very front row is sectioned off for the professional photographers to move around, get their pictures fast and get out. Most importantly though is their lineup of shows! It never ends, I’d recommend following their social media right now and keeping an eye out for things you like!” Jason H.
Bearly’s House of Blues and Ribs, Hallifax NS.
Go Here For: Applewood smoked ribs alongside the best live blues in the Maritimes.
“You come to Bearly’s for proper roots music: jump blues, swing blues, swamp blues, Chicago blues, Mississippi blues, you name it.” Tim D.
Bar “Le Ritz” PDB, Montreal QC.
Go Here For: Impeccable booking by co-owners from Blue Skies Turn Black and Godspeed You Black Emperor. Pop Montreal is right around the corner and this venue will be one of the key spots to be during the festival.
“This is the best place to see an intimate indie concert. Inexpensive, small and great setup for your favorite band. I have and will go back for the next show because of the laid back vibe and simple setup.” Denzil D.
Top 50 Music Venues In Canada
1 Orpheum Vancouver BC
2 Barfly Montréal QC
3 The Dakota Tavern Toronto ON
4 Commodore Ballroom Vancouver BC
5 The Biltmore Cabaret Vancouver BC
6 Le Cercle Quebec QC
7 La Sala Rosa Montréal QC
8 The Boat Toronto ON
9 Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal Montréal QC
10 Massey Hall Toronto ON
11 Koerner Hall Toronto ON
12 The Seahorse Tavern Halifax NS
13 Theatre Rialto Montréal QC
14 The Cobalt Vancouver BC
15 The Emmet Ray Toronto ON
16 Broken City Social Club Calgary AB
17 Roy Thomson Hall Toronto ON
18 Divan Orange Montréal QC
19 The Carleton Halifax NS
20 Cameron House Toronto ON
21 Imperial Vancouver BC
22 The Danforth Music Hall Toronto ON
23 Bearly’s House of Blues and Ribs Halifax NS
24 The Monarch Tavern Toronto ON
25 Orbit Room Toronto ON
26 Grumpy’s Bar Montréal QC
27 Placebo Space Toronto ON
28 Arden Theatre St Albert AB
29 Better Than Freds Grande Prairie AB
30 Chapel Arts Vancouver BC
31 Théâtre Corona Montréal QC
32 Poetry Jazz Cafe Toronto ON
33 L’Escogriffe Bar Spectacle Montréal QC
34 Lee’s Palace Toronto ON
35 Mercury Lounge Ottawa ON
36 Bar Le “Ritz” PDB Montréal QC
37 London Music Hall London ON
38 LanaLou’s Vancouver BC
39 Les Foufounes Electriques Montréal QC
40 Chan Centre Vancouver BC
41 The Opera House Toronto ON
42 The Fox Cabaret Vancouver BC
43 The Union Street Berwick NS
44 Call the Office London ON
45 The Garrison Toronto ON
46 The Media Club Vancouver BC
47 Phi Centre Montréal QC
48 Vogue Theatre Vancouver BC
49 Les Voûtes Napoléon Québec QC
50 Katacömbes Montréal QC