Toronto Live! Club Hub
What most regular club dwellers know is that you usually don't need to worry about getting tickets in advance, unless you're planning to see a "big name" act. For most clubs, you just show up and pay a cover charge at the door. Then, quite often for less than the cost of a movie ticket, you see 2-4 bands playing from around 10pm to 1am or later. Some estimates suggest that you can't get advance tickets anywhere at any price for at least 60% of the gigs in Toronto.
Then again most bands on tour have some way of making tickets available. So, if you're the sort of person who doesn't want to risk being turned away because the show is SOLD OUT, this page is for you.
Lets start with the lowest cost solution. There are a handful of ticket outlets that operate out of CD stores or clubs on a "cash-only" basis. The more popular ones are...
- Rotate This — their web site has location information and a listing of the tickets they have available. SOLD OUT shows are listed, but that just means that Rotate This is out of tickets. Try elsewhere before giving up, or call to confirm. Sometimes they get additional tickets later. Call ahead before making the trip downtown... 416-504-8447
- Soundscapes — they have listings of tickets they carry, and SOLD OUT info as well. Their list is not updated as frequently as Rotate This. Call ahead... 416-537-1620
- Horseshoe — yes, the club. Due to associations that management has with other venues, they'll often have tickets for shows at other clubs too. Unfortunately, they don't list the acts they have tickets for at all. Call ahead... 416-598-4226
For many of the touring bands, you can buy your tickets online. You'll pay extra fees for the convenience, but you'll have the satisfaction of knowing that you'll get in the door.
- StubHub.com - The Safe Way to Buy & Sell Tickets Online
— an international ticket company with a long history. In fact, the biggest online ticket service out there, unless you count eBay. No local pick-up points, so you'll need to plan ahead to allow time for delivery. One big plus is that you can sell tickets you may already have. Get some cash for tickets you can't use or play scalper if you wish.
- Ticketmaster — While handling & shipping fees, surcharges, etc. can sometimes increase prices by as much as 50% of the face-value, Ticketmaster is the largest supplier by far, and often the only source for certain tickets.
- TicketsNow — less well known, but still dependable. No local pick-up points. They have tickets for most of the major concert venues. For example, here are TicketsNow's latest listings for Air Canada Centre Tickets.
So, there are your choices for those who like to plan ahead. We'll add more as we become aware of them.
Enjoy it Live!