120 Church St. 416-792-7725
120diner.com (full schedule)
Most shows $10-$20
All shows: PWYC ($10-$20 suggested)
2409 Yonge St. 416-481-6865
All shows: Call for cover charge info.
Mon 8:30pm Salsa Night with DJ Romantico with free lessons.
Tues 8:30pm Bachata Night with Weekly Guest DJ with free lessons.
Wed 7pm Midtown Blues Jam hosted by Andrew “Voodoo” Walters.
Thurs 7pm Spotlight Thursdays.
Fri & Sat 9:30pm Funk, Soul, R&B Top 40 $10 cover after 9pm.
Sat 3pm-6pm Matinee Jazz.
Sun 4pm Blues in The Alley w/ Big Groove.
Dec 5 Johnny Cox & Magnetic Line. Dec 6 Lady Kane. Dec 7 Blonde Ambition. Dec 12 20 Flight Rockers. Dec 13 DJ Marlon. Dec 14 Soular. Dec 19 The Garden. Dec 20 Lady Kane. Dec 21 York Jazz Ensemble (matinee) URequest (evening). Dec 26 Cheryn Lynn & The Catalysts. Dec 27 Red Velvet. Dec 28 URequest. Dec 31 New Year’s Eve Party w/ Blonde Ambition. Jan 3 Red Velvet. Jan 4 Veronika & The Sound. Jan 10 Switchbeat. Jan 11 Lady Kane. Jan 17 Blonde Ambition. Jan 18 Disco Night w/ Escapade. Jan 24 Lady Kane. Jan 25 Soular. Jan 31 Red Velvet.
2315 Bloor St. W. 416-767-1315
bloomrestaurant.com (full schedule)
All shows 7pm 19+. Call for reservations.
1184 Bloor St. W. 416-546-4033
Ticket prices vary by show, but typically $10-$20; check website for individual show prices.
Dec 1 6:30pm Mandy Lagan Origins, 9:30pm LaZz: Dreams of a Hustler. Dec 2 9:30pm Homer. Dec 4 7:30pm Replay Storytelling: All in the Family. Dec 6 9:30pm Graven w/ Merival / Brian MacMillan / Owen Davies. Dec 7 2:30pm Hannah Ana w/ Chris Molyneaux Jazz Trio and Chris Assad. Dec 8 9:30pm Melissa Paju, Felix Quastel, Savannah Shea, and Georgia Harmer. Dec 10 9:30pm Chelsea McBride’s Socialist Night School. Dec 12 7pm Blythwood Winds: Be Our Guest. Dec 14 2pm A Fung Farewell: Kristin Fung’s Blast-Off to the Fungtuary. Dec 15 6:30pm Diar. Dec 16 6:30pm and 9:30pm (two shows) The Barrel Boys & The O’Pears. Dec 20 9:30pm Blue Sky Miners. Dec 21 Longest Night. Dec 23 9:30pm North America: Canadiana feat. D.E.Z., Stretch, Jazzy Monika, & Mighloe.
408 Queen St. W. 416-703-0811
2116 Queen St. E. 416-699-8272
castroslounge.com (full schedule)
All shows: No cover/PWYC
67 Front St. E. (416) 867-9499
cestwhat.com (full schedule)
All concerts are PWYC unless otherwise noted.
Dec 6 9pm George Westerholm & The Wild Wildcats. Dec 7 3pm The Boxcar Boys. Dec 8 6pm Too Dumb to Quit!. Dec 14 3pm The Hot Five Jazzmakers. Dec 15 6pm Kristin Lindell, Matt Bentley, and friends. Dec 20 9pm Jack Walker’s 8th Annual Festivus Miracle. Dec 21 3pm The Victor Monsivais Trio, 9pm The Soul Maitre D’s. Dec 22 6pm Too Dumb to Quit!. Dec 28 3pm The Hot Five Jazzmakers. Jan 4 3pm The Boxcar Boys. Jan 11 3pm The Hot Five Jazzmakers. Jan 25 3pm The Hot Five Jazzmakers.
The Emmet Ray
924 College St. 416-792-4497
theemmetray.com (full schedule)
All shows: No cover/PWYC
379 Spadina Ave. 416-977-7000
grossmanstavern.com (full schedule)
All shows: No cover (unless otherwise noted).
Every Sat 4:30pm The Happy Pals Dixieland Jazz Jam. Every Sun 4:30pm 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 Sunday 3pm Hirut Sundays Open Mic. First and Third Tuesday 8pm Fingerstyle Guitar Association.
Dec 3 8pm Finger Style Guitar Association Open Stage. Dec 4 8pm Elite Music Academy Open Mic. Dec 5 8pm John Fraser Findlay. Dec 6 8pm The Steven Cole Trio. Dec 12 8pm John Fraser Findlay. Dec 13 8:30pm Don Naduriak: Jazz of the Americas. Dec 15 5pm Holiday Spirit Cabaret. Dec 17 8pm Finger Style Guitar Association Open Stage. Dec 18 8pm The BTBs. Dec 19 8pm John Fraser Findlay. Dec 20 8pm Steve Koven Trio. Dec 21 8pm Dave Barrett Christmas Solo Guitar Show. Dec 22 8pm Clara Engel Winter Solstice Show. Dec 26 8pm Blues Jam. Dec 27 9pm Hirut Hoot Comedy Night. Dec 28 8pm Donne Roberts Duo. Dec 31 Hirut New Year’s Eve Extravaganza.
Home Smith Bar – See The Old Mill
Hugh’s Room Live
2261 Dundas St. W 416 533 5483
All shows at 8:30pm unless otherwise noted. See website for individual show prices.
Dec 1 Oh Susanna and Friends. Dec 4 8pm Patricia O’Callaghan. Dec 5 Luke McMaster: The Christmas Show. Dec 6 Ensemble Vivant. Dec 7 Carlos del Junco. Dec 8 10am Broadway Arts Recital, 8:30pm Quartette. Dec 11 Jazzcast n’ Joy. Dec 12 Dr. Draw. Dec 13 Craig Cardiff. Dec 14 Jack de Keyzer. Dec 15 2pm The Ault Sisters, 8:30pm Boreal Songs for the Snowy Season. Dec 16 Broadsway. Dec 17 9am Ravel, 8:30pm Bluesin’ Toronto Presents: Another Blues Christmas. Dec 18 The Mistletones. Dec 19 The Arrogant Worms. Dec 20 Kellylee Evans: Winter Song. Dec 22 Anthony Gomes. Dec 27 Suzie Vinnick. Dec 28 Don Ross. Dec 30 Wintergarten Orchestra. Dec 31 9:30pm New Year’s Eve 2020 w/ Oakland Stroke. Jan 4 Luke and the Apostles. Jan 8 Connie Kaldor and Garnet Rogers. Jan 10 Homeward Bound: The Music of Simon and Garfunkel. Jan 11 8pm A Birthday Tribute to Elvis feat. The Lustre Kings. Jan 13 Sammy Miller and the Congregation. Jan 14 Eric Andersen and Scarlet Rivera. Jan 17 Matt Weidinger: A Tribute to Van Morrison. Jan 18 Sweet Baby James: A Tribute to James Taylor. Jan 19 2pm Ken Whiteley Gospel Brunch. Jan 25 Celebrating the Music of Tina Turner. Jan 26 7:30pm Lynn Harrison. Jan 29 Albert Lee. Jan 30 Albert Lee. Jan 31 Midge Ure.
The Jazz Bistro
251 Victoria St. 416-363-5299
jazzbistro.ca (full schedule)
Dec 1 6pm Opimian Wine Club de Vin – Champagne & Jazz. Dec 4 9pm Irwin Hall. Dec 5 9pm Irwin Hall. Dec 8 7pm Sam Broverman’s Jewish Boy’s Christmas. Dec 10 8pm Lauren Ferraro’s Christmas. Dec 11 8pm David Rubel’s 251 Jazz Jam Session. Dec 12 9pm Mike Murley Quartet. Dec 13 9pm Genevieve Marentette: The Music of Don Franks. Dec 14 9pm Stu Mac’s Christmas Show. Dec 15 7pm Stacey MacIntyre Sings Christmas. Dec 16 8pm Christopher Wilson’s Cocktails and Candy Canes. Dec 17 8pm Christopher Wilson’s Cocktails and Candy Cane. Dec 18 8pm David Rubel’s 251 Jazz Jam Session. Dec 19 8:30pm 106 Collective Quartet. Dec 20 9pm The Freeman Brothers Band. Dec 21 9pm Robi Botos and Hilario Duran Piano Duo. Dec 22 7pm Robert Scott: A Charlie Brown Christmas. Dec 27 9pm Galen Weston Band. Dec 28 9pm Gabi Epstein’s LaPepstein Hanukkah Party. Dec 31 9pm New Year’s w/ Coldjack.
The Jazz Room
Located in the Huether Hotel, 59 King St. N., Waterloo. 226-476-1565
kwjazzroom.com (full schedule)
Attendees must be 19+. Cover charge varies (generally $12-$25)
Dec 6 8:30pm Andriy Tykhonov Quintet. Dec 7 8:30pm Brian Dickinson Trio. Dec 13 8:30pm Mary-Catherine Quartet. Dec 14 3pm Saturday Afternoon Jazz Jam, 8:30pm Ted Quinlan Group. Dec 15 4pm The Woodhouse feat. Barbra Lica. Dec 20 8:30pm Tom Nagy Christmas. Dec 21 8:30pm Jason White Trio. Dec 27 8:30pm Carlos Morgan Quartet. Dec 28 8:30pm Adrean Farrugia’s Playdate. Dec 31 7pm New Year’s Eve at The Jazz Room w/ Jason White and The Jitterbugs.
1585 Dundas St. W. 416-588-0307
lula.ca (full schedule)
Every Fri 7:30pm Afterwork Global Party Series free before 8pm; Every Fri 8:30pm Havana Club Fridays $15; Every Sat 10:30pm Salsa Saturdays $15.
Dec 1 6:30pm Gregg Stafford – New Orleans Stomp!. Dec 8 2pm Terreiro do Samba. Dec 10 6pm TEA Green City Celebration: Holiday Party 2019 & Ecobunk Awards. Dec 11 7pm The Double Cuts Western Swing Band: Let Us Be Frank. Dec 12 6pm Ori Dagan: The Rat Pack Songbook Show. Dec 12 9pm Badge Époque Ensemble & André Ethier: Double Album Release Party. Dec 22 6pm Dang Show: Winter SOULstice 2019. Dec 29 12pm Drag Brunch.
Manhattans Pizza Bistro & Music Club
951 Gordon St., Guelph 519-767-2440
manhattans.ca (full schedule)
681 St. Clair Ave. W. 416-658-5687
mezzettarestaurant.com (full schedule)
Dec 4 9pm Jordana Talsky Duo. Dec 11 9pm Lorne Lofsky / David Occhipinti Duo. Dec 18 9pm Rebecca Enkin Holiday Show.
12 Clinton St. 416-531-5833
themonarchtavern.com (full schedule)
Dec 2 7:30pm Martin Loomer & His Orange Devils Orchestra. Dec 3 8pm Belleville-Ville. Dec 7 9pm Cherry Garcia Band w/ Drupe. Jan 7 8pm Belleville-Ville. Jan 13 7:30pm Martin Loomer & His Orange Devils Orchestra.
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.
The Nice Bistro
117 Brock St. N., Whitby. 905-668-8839
nicebistro.com (full schedule)
Live jazz and dinner, $45.00 per person. Dinner from 6pm and music from 7pm to 9pm.
Dec 11 Farrucas Latin Duo (Jorge & Laura). Dec 31 New Year’s Eve: Larry Bond & Bob Mills.
The Old Mill
21 Old Mill Rd. 416-236-2641
oldmilltoronto.com (full schedule)
The Home Smith Bar: No reservations. No cover. $20 food/drink minimum. All shows: 7:30-10:30pm unless otherwise listed.
Dec 3 Gene DiNovi. Dec 4 John MacLeod and Friends. Dec 5 Shannon Butcher Trio. Dec 6 Canadian Jazz Quartet and Friends. Dec 7 Sherie Marshall Quartet. Dec 12 Sophia Perlman & Adrean Farrugia’s Jazz Party. Dec 13 Brigham Phillips Trio. Dec 14 Brian Blain’s Blues Campfire Jam. Dec 18 Russ Little Quartet. Dec 19 Bob DeAngelis & Friends Dec 20 Carol McCartney Quartet. Dec 21 Paul Novotny Trio. Dec 31 New Year’s Eve Jazz Party w/ June Garber.
The Only Café
972 Danforth Ave. 416-463-7843
theonlycafe.com (full schedule)
The Pilot Tavern
22 Cumberland Ave. 416-923-5716
All shows: 2:30pm. No cover.
Dec 7 Pat LaBarbera Quartet. Dec 14 Dan Faulk Quartet. Dec 15 Sugar Daddies Xmas. Dec 21 Tony Peebles Quartet. Dec 28 Bob Brough Quartet. Jan 4 Alexander Brown Quartet. Jan 11 Tune Town Jan 18 Terry Logan Quartet Jan 25 Norbert Botos Quartet
Poetry Jazz Café
224 Augusta Ave. 416-599-5299
poetryjazzcafe.com (full schedule)
Reposado Bar & Lounge
136 Ossington Ave. 416-532-6474
reposadobar.com (full schedule)
The Reservoir Lounge
52 Wellington St. E. 416-955-0887
reservoirlounge.com (full schedule).
Every Tue & Sat, 8:45pm Tyler Yarema and his Rhythm. Every Wed 9pm The Digs. Every Thurs 9:45pm Stacey Kaniuk. Every Fri 9:45pm Dee Dee and the Dirty Martinis.
The Rex Hotel Jazz & Blues Bar
194 Queen St. W. 416-598-2475
therex.ca (full schedule)
Call for cover charge info.
Rex listings unavailable at time of going to press. Please consult therex.ca for details and visit thewholenote.com/just-ask for updates in early December and again at the beginning of January.
The Salty Dog Bar & Grill
1980 Queen St. E. 416-849-5064
thesaltydog.ca (full schedule)
Every Tue 7-10pm Jazz Night. Every Thu 8:30pm Karaoke. Every Fri 9:30pm Blues Jam - house band with weekly featured guest. Every Sat 3pm Salty Dog Saturday Matinée.
Sauce on Danforth
1376 Danforth Ave. 647-748-1376
All shows: No cover.
Every Mon 9pm Gareth Parry’s Book Club. Every Tue 6pm Julian Fauth. Every Wed Paul Reddick & Friends. Every Thu 8pm Steve Koven and Artie Roth. Sat and Sun Matinees 4pm various performers.
The Senator Winebar
249 Victoria St 416 364-7517
thesenator.com (full schedule)
292 Brunswick Ave. 416-923-8137
tranzac.org (full schedule)
3-4 shows daily, various styles, in three different performance spaces. Mostly PWYC.
Dec 1 3pm Howard Gladstone Trio, 7:30pm Harrington and Sweet Pea, 10pm The Woodchoppers Association. Dec 3 10pm Peripheral Vision with The Lina Allemano 4. Dec 6 7:30pm Starfires, 10pm Heavy Ethics. Dec 7 7:30pm Abigail Lapell – Early Birds. Dec 8 1pm The Toronto Improvisers Orchestra, 7:30pm Nilan Perera’s Synaptic Circus Sundays, 8:30pm Red Shift Records CD Launch Harbour featuring Anna Höstmann and Cheryl Duvall, 10pm The Lina Allemano 4. Dec 10 7:30pm Ornate Presents Tyrannick Love, 10pm Mic Touching featuring Laura McCoy and Christof Migone. Dec 11 7:30pm Brodie West Quintet, 10pm Ertel/Harrett/McCaroll-Butler/Sorbara. Dec 12 10pm Collette Savard and the Savants. Dec 13 7:30pm Nick Teehan solo, 10pm Colin Fisher/Evan Cartwright/Ted Crosby. Dec 14 6:30pm Q&A (Tony Quarrington & Zoey Adams). Dec 15 7:30pm Diane Robins Presents: A Christmas Jam, 10 pm Makeshift Island. Dec 16 6pm The Holiday Brass Christmas Party. Dec 17 7:30pm Three Ring Circus, 10pm Aidan Funston Quintet. Dec 18 10pm Lina Allemano, Karen Ng, Rob Clutton and Blake Howard, 10pm Lauren Barnett’s Drawing Free For All. Dec 21 6:30pm Jameison Mackay with Merival and Ten Moon, 10pm Blunt Object. Dec 22 3pm Michael Laderoute with Rob Fenton, 5pm Steve Paul Simms, 7:30pm Gathering Sparks featuring Eve Goldberg and Jane Lewis, 10pm Emilie Mover with Blake. Dec 27 7:30pm Aurochs, 10pm The Ryan Driver Sextet. Dec 28 6:30pm Kyp Harness, 9:30pm Tony Peebles Trio tribute to Sonny Rollins. Dec 29 3pm Cosmic Homeostasis, 5pm Ships, 7:30pm The Space Trio, 10pm the SPECIAL INTEREST group. Jan 3 7:30pm Tania Gill Quartet, 10pm Heavy Ethics, Jan 4 7:30pm Abigail Lapell - Early Birds, 10pm Arkose. Jan 5 5pm Howard Gladstone Trio, 7:30pm Harrington, 10pm The Woodchoppers Association. Jan 7 7:30pm Tzevi Sherman and the 401 Express, 10pm Peripheral Vision with Lina Allemano 4. Jan 8 7:30pm Brodie West Quintet, 10pm Ertel/HarrettMcCarroll-Butler/Sorbara. Jan 9 10pm Collette Savard and the Savants. Jan 10 7:30pm Katherine Walker-Jones (music and performance art), 10pm Colin Fisher/Patrick Smith/Mike Gennaro/Andrew Furlong. Jan 11 6:30pm Constant Blue EP Release Party with Emma, 10pm Marilyn Lerner. Jan 12 7:30pm Nilan Perera’s Synaptic Circus Sundays, 10pm The Lina Allemano 4. Jan 14 7:30pm Ornate Music Presents, 10pm Mic Touching: Bit By Bit (Evan Cartwright), Karen Ng and Chris Wordon and Chris Wordon Stand-up.