The Virgin Mobile Mod Club Theatre, better known as the Mod Club, began as a replacement venue for a weekly Saturday club night at the Revival, right across the street. The venue was a community centre, and then had a brief stint as a nightclub. Its presence in the music industry was cemented by a concert by the British band Muse, who often still hold their after parties at the club, even when they perform elsewhere. The theatre was sponsored by Virgin Mobile in 2011. While the 600-person venue’s focus was originally on British acts, it now organizes performances of all genres.
Mod Club, 722 College St, Toronto, ON, Canada, +1 416 588 4663
The Danforth Music Hall actually began as a movie theatre, and its long-standing musical reputation originated with performances before film screenings. The Danforth has experienced its share of trials and tribulations over the years. After falling into a state of disrepair, it closed in 2004. It was taken over and renovated a year and a half later; however, the tenants were evicted after failing to pay the rent, and The Danforth was closed down once again. Following its reopening in 2011, the venue has been a booming success, hosting over two thousand people (and even more memories).
The Danforth Music Hall, 147 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON, Canada, +1 416 778 8163
While The Cameron House originally operated as a hotel, it’s now best known for hosting performances by folk and roots artists. Priding itself on live music every night of the week, this venue has also started its own record label, Cameron House Records. Covered in murals and giant ants (originally red, but painted white for Nuit Blanche in 2009) crawling over the façade, The Cameron House is easily recognizable. The venue has two rooms: a front lounge for music, and a backroom for theatrical and comedic performances. Known for its unusual décor, The Cameron House is a perfect place to discover new artists. While there is no cover fee, ticket prices do vary, so make sure to check the the lineup!
The Cameron House, 408 Queen St W, Toronto, ON, Canada, +1 416 703 0811