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“Great little concert venue..”

Phoenix Concert Theatre
Ranked #34 of 88 Concerts & Shows in Toronto
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Owner description: One of the oldest dance halls in Toronto, the Phoenix attracts an all-ages, all-races crowd that includes straights and gays. As a rock venue, it showcases such artists as Screaming Headless Torsos and Patti Smith. On the weekends, it gets the crowds dancing with a mixture of retro, Latin, alternative, and funk.
Tasmania, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
“Great little concert venue..”
Reviewed 8 April 2014

Recently caught Boy & Bear here on their North American Tour. It was great seeing them play live in an intimate setting (compared to what I'd previously seen them play in Australia) and it was an excellent show overall. The venue had great acoustics and it was easy to get a great view of everything. Security were fine and getting inside didn't take long. Coat check was cheap and efficient. Will definitely be back to this venue to check out more bands soon!

Visited March 2014
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Penfield, New York
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351 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 148 helpful votes
“Decent, intimate concert venue”
Reviewed 16 June 2013

Came to Toronto to see Darren Criss at the Phoenix Concert Theatre. Its a smallish place, a dance hall from what I read. One stands for concerts here. There is a balcony area that has some table seating. There is a public parking lot across the street. The cost is reasonable. There is a "machine" one pays and gets a ticket to put on the dashboard of the car. The subway on Wellesley is about a 1/2 mile walk. The neighborhood seemed/felt safe. I was lucky to be able to park in the lot, but if I needed to walk to the subway, I would have felt safe - walking with others, of course.

For this concert people were lined up hours in advance to get in. It was general admission. Security personnel came out, gave those waiting in line wrist bands if they were over 19 years of age. There was also a merchandise stand set up outside.

The theatre itself is old, beat up, but functional. Entering, security checked everyone's bags. Water bottles/drinks were not allowed in. Small cameras were allowed (at least to this performance). I never checked out the restrooms. In the theatre area, there were a few tall tables along the sides. Everyone just herded in and stood facing the stage. The sound system was great. I wore ear plugs so the volume ended up perfect for me. Because it is a smaller theatre, it is easy to see the performers - if the people in front of you are not taller than you. That is always in challenge when standing for a concert. Plus, those in front are often taking photos, which also can block one's view. You do your best to shift a bit and find that opening to see. Surprisingly, there was NO evidence of anyone sneaking a smoke of any kind, and I saw no one drinking.

Exiting after the show was typical, slow, but orderly. Outside, many taxis were waiting offering another transportation option. And a big surprise, there really was no traffic back-ups leaving.

Naturally, the type of performer will attract a certain audience. For this show, there were no problems, the venue provided ample security, and the things were well run.

The theatre offered a positive experience and the concert was great!

Visited June 2013
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Montreal
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7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“The best little concert venue in Toronto”
Reviewed 12 May 2013

This place is located at 410 Sherbourne St. a short distance by subway & streetcar to Toronto Downtown. It is an awsome venue for rock concerts. We went to see Melanie Fiona on May 3, 2013. It was a great concert and we love the place!

Visited May 2013
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Montreal
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83 reviews
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“Nice bar staff, good for shows, but...”
Reviewed 1 May 2013

Security have a severe chip on their shoulders. Rude doesn't describe it. Kind of took the win right out of my sails for the show. Overall, a good place to catch a nice intimate concert.

Visited April 2013
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Canada
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46 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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“Andy Kim Christmas Concert @ the Phoenix”
Reviewed 9 March 2013

Great old school live music venue with easy access to multiple bars on two levels. Good sound and light show. Seems to be an easy walk back to Yonge for something from the Big Slice.

Visited December 2012
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