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“Decent, intimate concert venue”

Phoenix Concert Theatre
Ranked #34 of 90 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.
Reviewed June 16, 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!

Thank B_in_Penfield
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Reviewed May 12, 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!

2  Thank Joe F
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Reviewed May 1, 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.

1  Thank roadwarriorvb
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Reviewed March 9, 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.

2  Thank Jack D
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Reviewed August 5, 2012

The Phoenix did not disappoint with great sound and easy beer access. The facilities were limited with but a few dozen chairs (all in the balcony area) and the place is a bit slow to get in and out of due to being a bit of a labyrinth. Not pretty, not comfortable, but atmospheric and exactly what it should be given what its role is. The staff at concert venues like this can be overbearing at times, but no problems here-would definitely return.

1  Thank svicious22
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