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Musicians and fans alike love Jams and Open Mics as a place to experience music in a pure, often unrehearsed way. To add to the list or provide an update please email us at darcy@BigSmokeMusic.com. There is no charge for listing here.

The criteria to be listed is pretty simple. The jam should be a regular weekly event, it should be hosted by a local band or performer and it should be open to all musicians. The information we need is;

Check out these Rules of the Open Jam.

Day/Confirmed Location and Host Description
Sunday
2017-07-17
The Birchmount Tavern
462 Birchmount Road
Repairmen
From 3:00 to 7:00
Sunday
2017-07-17
Black Bear Pub
1125 O'Connor Drive
Black Bear All Stars
Every Sunday from 4:30 to 8:30 come to the Jam, singers, players, and viewers. Please bring your own instruments. Great place for food and a cold one.
Sunday
2017-08-07
Cavern Bar and Bistro
76 Church Street
Unknown
The Cavern’s weekly Open Mic Night & Jam is one of the best ways to meet like-minded musicians in the city. Performers from varying skill levels and musical backgrounds are encouraged to come out and jam, whether they play the tenor sax or tambourine. 8:00PM.
Sunday
2017-07-17
Grossman's Tavern
379 Spadina Avenue
Bill Hedefine
Open blues jam from 10:00PM until 2:00AM
Sunday
2017-07-17
McGradie's Tap and Grill
2167 Victoria Park Avenue
Gtar Live!
If you are a band, come on out and play.....you may even get a gig out of it. Looking for that certain singer, guitarist, drummer, bassist for your band? Maybe you will find him /her there. Just bring your guitar, sticks, bass, jam out some tunes with the band, have a drink or two and enjoy the music! Every Sunday from 8:00 to 12:00.
Sunday
2017-04-16
Relish Bar & Grill
2152 Danforth Avenue
Paul Brennan
"Stir it up Sunday's!" Open jam hosted by Paul Brennan and David MacMichael. House Acoustic, Fender Bass and Amp and Drums available. Come jam with Us. Singer/songwriter focussed. From 9:00PM to 1:00AM.
Sunday
2017-05-21
Southside Johnny's Bar & Grill
3653 Lakeshore Boulevard West
Rebecca
Start 10:00pm to 1:00pm
Monday
2017-08-08
Amsterdam Bicycle Club
54 The Esplanade
City Love
Sign up at 9:00, starts at 9:30. We supply P.A., acoustic guitar, electric guitar, bass guitar, keyboard, drums, guitar and bass amplifiers.
Monday
2016-07-27
The Black Swan
154 Danforth Avenue
Sebastian Agnello
"Acoustic Mondays" with Sebastian Agnello & Friends. The Black Swan (Downstairs) 9:30 PM - 2:00 AM. All are welcome to perform!
Monday
2017-11-16
Dora Keogh Irish Pub
141 Danforth Avenue
Tyler Ellis
Riverboat Monday with Tyler Ellis is an acoustic jam. The night starts at 9PM and goes to Midnight.
Monday
2017-11-16
Grossman's Tavern
379 Spadina Avenue
No Band Required
Start time is 9:00PM. Signup at 8:30PM. Jam goes until at least 1:00AM. All styles welcome.
Monday
2016-09-28
McGradie's Tap and Grill
2167 Victoria Park Avenue
Dan Walek
Acoustic jam - 8:00PM to 11:00PM
Monday
2017-11-18
The Painted Lady
218 Ossington Avenue
Nelson Sobral
All genres welcome. We've engineered them all... You'll sound great. We have a different feature every week at 9:15PM and then everyone gets two songs each starting at 10:00PM. Signup is at 9:00PM.
Monday
2017-10-15
The Rockpile West
5555 Dundas Street West
Al Reilly's Catalyst
Signup starts at 7:00PM. The jam goes from 8:00 to midnight. This jam is open to all ages. Everyone gets a chance to play on this Big Stage with Big Lights and Big Sound and probably the BEST SOUNDMAN in The City. Full bands welcome.
Monday
2016-12-12
Tranzac Club
292 Brunswick Ave
Unknown
The Annex Ukulele Jam from 8:00 TO 11:00. Cover charge.
Monday
2017-11-16
The Wicket Pub
1671 Bloor Street West
The Pumpkinheadz
This is an Acoustic Open Mic Jam. Start time is 9:00PM. Sound system, microphones and keyboard provided. No drums, percussion is welcome. Shoot pool, play darts and pinball. $4 Jameson, Jim Beam, and Jäger! Food specials.
Tuesday
2017-08-07
Cavern Bar and Bistro
76 Church Street
Unknown
The Cavern’s weekly Open Mic Night & Jam is one of the best ways to meet like-minded musicians in the city. Performers from varying skill levels and musical backgrounds are encouraged to come out and jam, whether they play the tenor sax or tambourine. 8:00PM.
Tuesday
2017-10-25
The Hideout
423 College Street
City Love
Sign up at 9:00, starts at 9:30. We supply P.A., acoustic guitar, electric guitar, bass guitar, keyboard, drums, guitar and bass amplifiers.
Tuesday
2015-12-28
The Old Nick
123 Danforth Ave
Jennifer Brewer
A live forum for budding songwriters and musicians to showcase their music.Originals and covers - anything you want. There is a guitar provided for anyone who doesn't wanna bring one - no kit but hand drums welcome - - and anything else you can carry :-) The music kicks off at 9:30 pm.
Tuesday
2016-10-19
The Rex
194 Queen Street West
Chris Gale
The classic Rex jazz jam, a night for all musicians. The host band plays one set and all musicians are welcome to play the second set. From 9:30PM to 1:00AM. PWYC.
Wednesday
2016-12-26
The Black Swan
154 Danforth Avenue
Nicola Vaughan
Acoustic jam downstairs from 10:00PM to 2:00AM.
Wednesday
2017-07-27
The Music Box
3434 Bathurst Street
John Bellisario
Jazz Jam features a house band (Drums, Bass, Guitar, Keyboards) You could join in or kick one of them off the stage ! The Jam welcomes instrumentalists and vocalists. Bring your axe and join the band.
Wednesday
2017-02-28
Placebo Space
2877 Lake Shore West
Meagan Luchko
Weekly Jazz Jam. House Band & Guest each week. Doors open at 8pm, jam starts at 8:45pm. PWYC (5-10$ suggested). The Jam starts at 9pm with the house band (and sometimes special guest musicians) for the first hour. It is hosted by Meagan Luchko (vocalist). At 10ish they open it up to others and play jazz standards so that everyone can join in. It wraps up some time after midnight with a few tunes from the house band.
Thursday
2016-04-18
Dave's on St. Clair
730 St. Clair Avenue West
Jay Pennell
9:30PM to 1:30AM. The list fills up quickly so you should get there early.
Thursday
2017-10-15
DeSotos
1079 St Clair Avenue West
Anthony Abbatangeli
This Open Mic attracts mostly jazz artists but it also attracts blues, classic rock, country and folk artists as well as local singer songwriters. Desotos Open Mic was rated the Number 1 Open Mic in Toronto by Foursquare.com in August 2017. Musicians from as far away as Hamilton, Orangeville, Caledon, Vaughan and Oshawa travel to this Open Mic. Are you a singer in need of a band to back you up? No problem. Anthony and his buddies will gladly back you up, regardless of your style. Delicious Food and excellent local craft beers make DeSotos a popular spot for you to invite your friends to hear you perform on this stage. This is a very well populated Open Mic so Don't arrive too late. 8pm to 12am.
Thursday
2015-12-30
Kensington Lodge
21 Kensington Avenue
Derek Mok
We'll be playing a wild and wacky assortment of songs...from Edith Piaf to Queen, from Frank Sinatra to Def Leppard, from novelties to originals...it's all here. Starts at 7:00PM.
Thursday
2017-11-16
The Pauper's Pub
539 Bloor Street West
Mike Barnes
INSTRUMENTS AVAILABLE: Drums, guitars (acoustic and electric), bass, plus the beautiful full-size piano. (And YES, there are amps to plug into!) The fun starts at 10:30 p.m.!
Thursday
2017-01-04
The Roncy Public
390 Roncesvalles Ave
Phill Hood
Jam is from 9:00PM to midnight. A sound system and 2 mics are provided along with an auxiliary cord for those who wish to bring backing tracks. Jammers are required to bring their own instrument. The bar also features an extensive bar and food menu along with a $5 Lake of Bays Tallboy special.
Thursday
2017-07-19
Wailers Restaurant
726 St Clair Avenue West
Unknown
Open jam from 9pm to 2am. They have drums, guitar/bass amps, microphones, speakers, a mixer, etc. -- so you shouldn't need to bring anything other than your instrument.
Saturday
2017-08-05
Karla's Roadhouse
4630 Kingston Road
Unknown
From 10:00PM
Saturday
2017-01-02
La Rev
2848 Dundas Street West
Unknown
Come on out and shows us your Magic. All styles welcome. Join in with other like minded Musicians. Test new material, Learn new Licks. From 2:00PM to 5:00PM.
Saturday
2017-05-15
MacKenzie's High Park
1982 Bloor Street West
Unknown
From 2:00PM to 6:00PM. Rotating host. NOTE: only the first Saturday of each month.
Saturday
2016-12-12
Tranzac Club
292 Brunswick Ave
Unknown
Join the "JamZac" every Saturday at 3:00PM.
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