120 Diner

120 Church St. 416-792-7725

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All shows: PWYC ($10-$20 suggested)

Every Tue 6pm Leslie Huyler Group; Every Wed 6pm Madoka Murata: Discovery Through the Arts;  8pm Lisa Particelli’s Girls Night Out Jazz Jam; Dec 1 6pm Andrew Merrigan Presents His Very Talented Friends: Volume 4 PWYC/$10-$20 suggested. Dec 2 6pm The Hampton Avenue 4 PWYC/$10-$20 suggested; 9pm Chris Birkett and Friends PWYC/$10-$20 suggested. Dec 3 6pm Kent Sheridan: White Boy Lost in the Blues $20 cover; 8:30 All Sondheim!: Charlotte Moore with John Hughes $20 cover. Dec 21 6pm L J Folk: Celebrate Me Home PWYC.


2409 Yonge St. 416-481-6865              

All shows: 9pm unless otherwise indicated. Call for cover charge info.

Every Mon 8:30pm Salsa Night. Every Tue Bachata Night. Every Wed Midtown Blues Jam. Every Thurs 7:30pm Claudia Lopez Duo Jazz.

Dec 1, 15, Jan 19, 27 Lady Kane; Dec 2, 22, 30, Feb 2 Gyles Band; Dec 8 & Jan 27 Lady Kane; Dec 9 3:30 Jazz Matinee, 9:30 Red Velvet; Dec 16, Jan 13, Feb 3 Soular; Dec 23, 29, Jan 5 Parkside Drive; Dec 31 New Year’s Party with Gyles Band; Jan 6 Von; Jan 11 Comedy Night; Jan 12 Urban Jive; Jan 20 Sound Parade; Jan 26 Red Velvet

Artword Artbar

15 Colbourne St., Hamilton. 905-543-8512

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Dec 1 8pm Mark McNeil with Tales from Hamilton tip jar. Dec 2 8pm The New Cumberland Bluegrass Band $15. Dec 7-16 Tue-Sat 8pm, Sun Dec 10 matinee at 3pm (no show Monday) Charly’s Piano $20.

The Black Swan Tavern

154 Danforth Ave., 416-469-0537


Dec 8 8pm Winterfolk XVI Preview & Benefit + Birthday Bash The Achromatics, David Storey, Tony Quarrington, Brian Gladstone, Piper Hayes and others $10 minimum donation

The Blue Goose Tavern

1 Blue Goose St. 416-255-2442

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Every Sun 4pm Blues at The Goose. Big Groove featuring Downchild`s Mike Fitzpatrick & Gary Kendall with Special Guests

Dec 3 Steve Marriner & Curtis Chaffey; Dec 10 Kevin McQuade & Martin Alex Aucoin; Dec 17 Raoul Bhaneja & Darren Gallen


2315 Bloor St. W. 416-767-1315


All shows: 19+. Call for reservations.


1184 Bloor St. W. 416-546-4033

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Dec 1 6:30pm Kalyna Rakel feat. Kevin Breit, Jacob Gorzhaltsan & George Chenery $15/$10(adv); 9pm François Klark $15/$12(adv). Dec 2 6:30pm The O’Pears w/ Danielle Knibbe $20/15(adv); 9pm Winona Wilde w/ Campbell Woods $12/$10(adv). Dec 3 6:30pm Son of Town Hall w/ Abigail Lapell $15/$10(adv). Dec 4 Century Thief w/ Creature Speak $10/$8(adv). Dec 5 9pm Bad History Month, Chris, Low Sun & Dinosaur Island $10/$8(adv). Dec 6 9pm Confabulation Presents: Family Stories $10/$8(adv); 9:30 Naked Wild, Pleasure Craft & Sly Why: Kid $10/$8(adv). Dec 7 9pm Chelsea McBride’s Socialist Night School: The Christmas $15/$10(adv). Dec 8 6:30 Catalyst Ensemble $15/$10(adv); 9pm Oh Geronimo ‘The Sled’ Sneak Preview w/ Little Coyote & Peter van Helvoort $15/$10(adv). Dec 9 6:30pm Deon Blyan & The Myth of Fingerprints Band $12/$10(adv); 9pm A Tribute to BUH - Guelph County Line & The Mandevilles $10/$8(adv). Dec 10 6:30pm SOA $15/$12(adv); 9pm Lindsay Foote w/ Aimée Butcher & Brandon Wall $15/$10(adv). Dec 11 9pm Honesty, Manshun & Rogue Tenant $10/$8(adv). Dec 12 9pm Unbridled Futurism $10/$8(adv). Dec 13 6:30pm The Band Named Crow & The Anthology Project $12/$10(adv); 9pm The Cluttertones w/ John Millard & Germaine Liu $15/$10(adv). Dec 14 9pm Bousada w/ Sly Why: Kid $10/$8(adv). Dec 15 9pm Session Americana $15/$10(adv). Dec 17 8pm Community Celebration of the Vocal Arts $10/$8(adv). Dec 18 9pm Nick Donneff / Rob McLaren $10/$8(adv). Dec 20 9pm Marie Goudy 12tet feat. Jocelyn Barth $12/$10(adv). Dec 21 9pm Origins $20/$15(adv). Dec 29 9pm The Hollowbodies $15/$12(adv). Dec 30 9pm Shirwan w/ Katelin Albert & Jordan Randall $15/$10(adv). Jan 7 9pm The Last Revel & The Slocan Ramblers $20/$15(adv). Jan 31 9pm Daniel Champagne $15/$10(adv). Feb 4 9pm Heavy Bell $15/$12(adv).

Castro’s Lounge

2116 Queen St. E. 416-699-8272

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All shows: No cover/PWYC

Every Tue Every Fri 5:30pm The Straight Eights; 10pm I Hate You Rob. Every Sat 6pm Thelonious Hank. Every Sun 9pm Watch This Sound - Vintage Jamaican Music.

C’est What

67 Front St. E. (416) 867-9499

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Dec 1 10pm Metronome Chomsky. Dec 2 3pm The Boxcar Boys PWYC; 10pm Collective Arts Brewing Presents: Old.Soul.Rebel Suggested contribution $10. Dec 3 7pm Bob Wegner CD Release PWYC. Dec 7 10pm Garage Baby PWYC. Dec 8 10pm Felix’s Belt. Dec 9, 23, Jan 6, 20, Feb 3 3pm The Hot Five Jazzmakers PWYC. Dec 9 9pm Bring Your Own Vinyl Party Free. Dec 10 7pm Song Studio Open Mic Free. Dec 14 10pm Jessica Speziale with Emily Mac and Leaving Esmeralda PWYC. Dec 15 10pm The Responsables Suggested contribution $10. Dec 16 3pm Thelonious Hank PWYC; 9pm Bring Your Own Vinyl Party Free. Dec 17 7pm Women in Music Vol. 3 $10-$15. Dec 21 10 pm Jack Walker’s Festivus Miracle PWYC. Jan 4 10pm Blind Cats PWYC.    

Emmet Ray, The

924 College St. 416-792-4497

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All shows: No cover/PWYC

Gate 403

403 Roncesvalles Ave. 416-588-2930

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All shows: PWYC.

Every Mon 7pm Jazz Mondays with the Jim Hamel Trio and featured guests. Every Wed 7pm Julian Fauth Blues Night. Every Sat 5pm Bill Heffernan’s Saturday Sessions.

Grossman’s Tavern

379 Spadina Ave. 416-977-7000

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All shows: No cover (unless otherwise noted).

Every Sat  4.30 The Happy Pals Dixieland jazz jam. Every Sun 4pm New Orleans Connection All Star Band; 10pm Sunday Jam with Bill Hedefine. Every Wed 10pm Action Sound Band w/ Leo Valvassori.

Hirut Cafe and Restaurant

2050 Danforth Ave. 416-551-7560

Every Sun 3pm Hirut Sundays Open Mic. Dec 1 & Jan 5 8pm In the Round Master Singer/Songwriter Series PWYC. Dec 7 & Jan 4 8pm Franklin Ave Swingtet PWYC. Dec 5, 19, Jan 2, 16 8pm Finger Style Guitar Association PWYC. Dec 15 & Jan 12 8:30pm E=Jazz and Latin Jazz w/ Don Naduriak PWYC/by donation. Dec 28 & Jan 25 8pm The Daniel Barnes Low Stress Trio PWYC/suggested $10. Dec 18 & Jan 29 8pm The Tequila Mockingbirds Community Singalong Free. Dec 29 &  Jan 26 9pm Hirut Hoot Cabaret $5. Dec 31 9pm Hirut New Year’s Eve Extravaganza.

Home Smith Bar – See Old Mill, The

Hugh’s Room

2261 Dundas St. W 416 533 5483


All shows: 8:30pm unless otherwise noted
Dec 1 John Sheard Vinyl Café Tribute $30/$25(adv). Dec 2 Tribute to Muddy Waters & Howlin’ Wolf $38/$35(adv). Dec 3 Còig $30/$25(adv). Dec 4 7:30pm Soulville: An R&B Cabaret $20/$15(adv). Dec 6 Minor Empire - CD Launch $30/($25(adv). Dec 7 The Bills 20th Anniversary Show $30/$25(adv. Dec 8 The Hogtown All-Stars $30/$25(adv). Dec 9 Carlos del Junco $35/$30(adv). Dec 13 A Quartette Christmas $55/$50(adv). Dec 15 Craig Cardiff $30/$25(adv). Dec 16 Anthony Gomes $38/$35(adv). Dec 17 matinee Ault Sisters $30/$25(adv);  $15(12 & under). Dec 19 A Bluesy Christmas $38/$35(adv). Dec 20 Lazer Lloyd $25/$20 adv). Dec 28 Don Ross $50/$45(adv). Dec 29 Suzie Vinnick $30/$25(adv). Dec 30 Wintergarten Orchestra $30/$25(adv). Dec 31 New Year’s Eve with Chris Whiteley & Diana Braithwaite $55/$50(adv). Jan 5 James Taylor Tribute $30/$25(adv). Jan 13 The Jitters $30/$25(adv). Jan 18 Tété $30/$25(adv). Jan 19 Garnet Rogers $35/$30(adv). Jan 20 Paul Reddick $25/$20(adv). Jan 17 Jazz FM91 - President’s Choice Concert Series: Molly Johnson $55. Jan 27 Lori Cullen $30/$25(adv). Jan 31 The Fugitives $30/$25(adv). Feb 3 The Flying Bulgar Klezmer Band: 30th Anniversary Concert $35/$30(adv)

Jazz Bistro, The

251 Victoria St. 416-363-5299


Dec 1 9pm The Maureen Kennedy Quartet $15.  Dec 2  9 pm Scott Hamilton and the Mark Eisenman Trio $20. Dec 8 9pm The Willows $20. Dec 9 7:30pm and 10pm Matt Dusk CD release event for “Old School Yule” $39, recording included with ticket purchase (**ticket required, purchase ticket online). Dec 10 7pm CD launch event for Adi Braun’s  “Moderne Frau” $20. Dec 15 9pm Stu Mac $20. Dec 16 9pm Robert Scott’s “Charlie Brown’s Christmas” $20. Dec 17 7pm Sam Broverman “A Jewish Boy’s Christmas” $15. Dec 18 8:30pm Christopher Wilson’s “Cocktails and Candy Canes Cabaret” $15. Dec 20 6pm Faith Amour “Jazz for Christmas” $20. Dec 23 9pm Robi Botos and Hilario Duran $25. Dec 29 & 30  9pm Galen Weston “The Space Between” $20. Dec 31 5pm “Soul Stu” - Dinner and Show Package. 

Jazz Room, The

Located in the Huether Hotel, 59 King St. N., Waterloo. 226-476-1565

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All shows: 8:30pm-11:30pm unless otherwise indicated. Attendees must be 19+. Cover charge varies (generally $12-$25)

Dec 1 New Vibes $18. Dec 2 Louis Simao Ensemble $25. Dec 8 8:30pm Elaine Riddock $16. Dec 9 8:30pm Yvette Tollar Group $18. Dec 15 8:30pm The Woodhouse with Barbra Lica $25. Dec 16 8:30pm Bob Brough Quartet $18. Dec 20 7pm Faith Amour & Friends. Dec 22 8:30pm Tom Nagy’s Christmas $20. Dec 23 8:30pm Lorne Lofsky Trio $16. Dec 29 8:30pm Rebecca Binnendyk $20. Dec 30 8:30pm Phoenix Jazz Group $16. Dec 31 8:30pm New Years Eve with Rufus & Guests.

Lula Lounge

1585 Dundas St. W. 416-588-0307

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Every Fri
7:30pm Early Jazz & World Sessions free before 8pm; Every Fri 10:30pm Havana Club Cuba Libre Fridays $15; Every Sat 10:30pm Salsa Saturdays $15. Dec 3 6:30pm Gregg Stafford - New Orleans Stomp. Dec 8 7:30pm Zim Zum $15. Dec 11 7pm Reunite the Moneka Family $20. Dec 13 8pm An Evening of Native Jazz: Songbirds & Nightingales of Turtle Island $30/$25(adv). Dec 17 7pm The Woodhouse featuring Barbra Lica $22/$18(adv). Dec 26 8pm Rebel Vibez Presents Stages $10. Dec 27 7pm Gary Morgan & PanAmericana $20. Dec 31 10:30pm New Year’s Eve Salsa Party with Cafe Cubano & DG Santiago Valazsquez $50(show); $140(dinner & show)

Manhattans Pizza Bistro & Music Club

951 Gordon St., Guelph 519-767-2440

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All shows: PWYC.

Every Tue Open Stage hosted by Paul, Pete & Ron.

Mây Cafe

876 Dundas St. W. 647-607-2032

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Dec 2 7:30pm Sounds of the City Holiday Food Drive hosted by T Dots Records at May Cafe! A night of live music, comedy, great food and drinks. $10 Dec 15 Brownman Akoustic Quartet’s Xmas Jazz Concert $15 Jan 13 & 26 8pm Sounds of the City.

Mezzetta Restaurant

681 St. Clair Ave. W. 416-658-5687

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All shows: 9pm, $8 (unless otherwise noted).

Every Wed 9 & 10:15pm Wednesday Concert Series. Cover $10.

Dec 6 Bossa Duo. Dec 13 Tres Kilos Cover $12. Dec 20 Bill McBirnie & Bernie Senensky. Feb 7 Lorne Lofsky & Kieran Overs.

Monarch Tavern

12 Clinton St. 416-531-5833

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Every Tues 9pm Vinyl Night $5; Every Thu 10pm Monarch Karaoke $5. Dec 11 and Jan 8 7:30pm Martin Loomer & His Orange Devils Orchestra $10.

N’awlins Jazz Bar & Dining

299 King St. W. 416-595-1958


All shows: No cover/PWYC.

Every Tue 6:30pm Stacie McGregor. Every Wed 7pm The Jim Heineman Trio. Every Thur 8pm Nothin’ But the Blues with Joe Bowden. Every Fri & Sat 8:30pm N’awlins All Star Band; Every Sun 7pm Brooke Blackburn.

Nice Bistro, The

117 Brock St. N., Whitby. 905-668-8839

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Old Mill, The

21 Old Mill Rd. 416-236-2641 


The Home Smith Bar: No reservations. No cover. $20 food/drink minimum. All shows: 7:30pm-10:30pm

Every Tues, Thu, Fri, and Sat.

Nov 30 Robin Banks with Ted Quinlan, Richard Whiteman. Dec 1 Canadian Jazz Quartet & Friends Celebrate First Fridays. Dec 2 Mike Downes with David Restivo, Larnell Lewis. Dec 5 In Concert and Conversation with Gene DiNovi. Dec 7 Genevieve Marentette Trio with Robert Scott, George Koller. Dec 8 Sean Bray’s Peach trio. Dec 9 Brian Blain’s Blues Campfire. Dec 14 John Sherwood Trio. Dec 15 Jordana Talsky. Dec 16 Barry Elmes Quartet. Dec 21 Alex Samaras Trio. Dec 22 Alison Young Quartet. Dec 23 Adrean Farrugia Trio. Dec 31  New Year’s Eve Jazz Party hosted by Alex Pangman and her Alleycates. $150 ticket (advance tickets only) includes buffet from 7:30pm music from 8pm and sparkling wine at 11:45. ALSO Dining Room - Dec 11 8pm JAZZFM.91 Sound of Jazz Concert Series:  Matt Dusk’s Old School Yule $45 reservations recommended.

Only Café, The

972 Danforth Ave. 416-463-7843

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All shows: 8pm unless otherwise indicated.

Paintbox Bistro

555 Dundas St. E. 647-748-0555

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Pilot Tavern, The

22 Cumberland Ave. 416-923-5716


All shows: 3:30pm. No cover.

Every Sat 3pm Saturday Jazz.

Dec 2 Alex Dean Quartet. Dec 9 Jake Koffman Quartet. Dec 16 Sugar Daddies Sextet. Dec 23 Norman Marshall Villeneuve Quintet.  Dec 30 Adrean Farrugia Quartet.

Poetry Jazz Café

224 Augusta Ave. 416-599-5299

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Reposado Bar & Lounge

136 Ossington Ave. 416-532-6474

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Reservoir Lounge, The

52 Wellington St. E. 416-955-0887

reservoirlounge.com (full schedule). Every Tue, 8:45pm  Tyler Yarema and his Rhythm. Every Wed 9pm The Digs. Every Thursday 9:45pm Mary McKay. Every Fri 9:45pm Dee Dee and the Dirty Martinis. Every Sat 9:45pm Tyler Yarema and his Rhythm. Dec 7 pm Alex Pangman.

Rex Hotel Jazz & Blues Bar, The

194 Queen St. W. 416-598-2475

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Call for cover charge info.

Every Wed 6:30pm Alex Coleman’s A/C Unit. Every Thu 6:30pm Worst Pop Band Ever. Every Fri 4pm Hogtown Syncopators; 6:30pm Bugaloo Squad. Every Sat 12noon The Sinners Choir.

Dec 1 9:45pm Chuck Jackson. Dec 2 3:30pm Neon Eagle;7pm Brecker Brothers; 9:45pm Alex & Her Alleycats. Dec 3 Club Django; 7pm Kelzkonnection; 9:30pm Ethiojazz. Dec 4 & 11 6:30pm University of Toronto Student Jazz Ensembles; Dec 4 9:30pm Off the Road Big Band. Dec 5 6:30pm Chris Gale Quartet; 9:30pm Edmar Colon. Dec 6 9:30 Uncertainty Principle. Dec 7 9:30pm Lauren Falls Five. Dec 8 9:45pm Bernie Senensky. Dec 9 7pm Brecker Brothers; 9:45pm Anti-Gravity Machine. Dec 10 & 17 12noon Excelsior Dixieland Jazz; 7pm Teri Parker Trio. Dec 10 9:30pm Barry Romberg. Dec 11 9:30pm Jake Wilkinson’s Be-Bop Christmas. Dec 12 & 19 6:30pm Brian de Lima Trio. Dec 12 9:30pm Classic Rex Jam. Dec 13 & 14 9:30pm Alec Dean Jazz Orchestra. Dec 15 9:45pm Walter Kemp 3oh Plus. Dec 16 3:30pm Chris Hunt Tentet + 2; 7pm Alec Trent’s Triple Bari; 9:45pm Dave Young Quintet. Dec 17 9:30pm Zimzum. Dec 18 6:30pm Peter Hill Quintet. Dec 18 & 19 9:30pm Jabfung. Dec 20 9:30pm Mike Field Quintet. Dec 21 9:30pm Freeman Dre. Dec 22 9:45pm Bob Brough Quartet. Dec 23 3:30pm Jerome Godboo; 7pm Alec Trent’s Triple Bari; 9:45pm Russ Nolan. Dec 26 8pm The Sinners Choir. Dec 27 9:30pm Mr. Marbelsz. Dec 28 9:30pm Frank Botos. Dec 29 9:45pm Kiki Misumi Sextet. Dec 30 3:30pm Laura Hubert Band; 7pm Alec Trent’s Triple Bari; 9:45pm Justin Bacchus Xmas. Dec 31 9:30pm New Year’s Grooveyard.

Salty Dog Bar & Grill, The

1980 Queen St. E. 416-849-5064
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Every Tue 7-10pm Jazz Night. Every Thu 8:30pm Karaoke. Every Fri 9:30pm Blues Jam -  house band with weekly featured guest.

Sauce on Danforth

1376 Danforth Ave. 647-748-1376


All shows: No cover.

Every Mon 9pm Funky Mondays. Every Tue 6pm Julian Fauth Plays Barrel-House Jazz. Every Thursday 8pm An Evening of Music with Steven Koven and Artie Roth. Every Sat 4pm Saturday Matinees.


292 Brunswick Ave. 416-923-8137


3-4 shows daily, various styles, in four different performance spaces.  Mostly PWYC.

Every Mon 10pm Open Mic Mondays. Every Tuesday 8pm Annex Ukelele Jam Every Thursday 7:30pm Bluegrass Thursdays Every Fri 5pm The Friends of Hugh Oliver (folk). Every Sunday 7pm The Rhythmicaturgically Syncopated Social Hour Jazz Jam. Dec 10 10pm The Lina Allemano Four. Dec 12 10 pm Michael Davidson and guests. Dec 19 10pm The Ken McDonald Quartet. Dec 26 10pm Nick Fraser presents. Dec 27 10pm Bellweather 4. Dec 29 10pm The Ryan Driver Sextet. Dec 30 8pm The Special  Interest Group. Jan 2 10pm Peripheral Vision. Jan 6 10om Heavy Ethics Jan 7 7:30pm Harrington. Jan 9 10pm Michael Davidson and guests. Jan 12 7:30pm Tanya Gill Quartet; 10pm Harley Card. Jan 14 10pm The Lina Allemano Four.  Jan 16 10pm The Ken McDonald Quartet. Jan 18 10pm The Special  Interest Group. Jan 21 7:30pm Diane Roblin with guests. 10pm Makeshift Island (Rebecca Hennesey). Jan 23 7:30pm Fergus Hambleton and guests. Jan 24 10pm Bellweather 4. Jan 26 10pm The Ryan Driver Sextet. Jan 28 3pm Michael Laderoute; 5pm Steve Paul Simms and guests; 10pm Chris Adriaanse.  Jan 30 10pm Nick Fraser Presents. Feb 2 10pm Heavy Ethics. Feb 4 7:30pm Harrington. Feb 6 10pm Peripheral Vision.

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