529 Bloor Street West, Toronto, ON, M5S 1Y5
416-532-1598 | Website
Whether you want to get up close and personal with your favourite indie rock icons, or sweat the night away dancing to your favourite tunes, Lee’s Palace can do plenty to satiate your rock and roll desires.
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Profile Last Updated: December 22, 2008
Located in the busy Annex, the venue consists of two floors, each about 5,000 square feet. The lower level, which is Lee’s Palace, features live bands, while the Dance Cave on the second floor offers plenty of space for alternative groovers to get their ya-yas out.
An Indie Music Hot Spot
Lee’s is a great spot to catch up and coming indie thrashers. Nirvana racked the joint in 1990, Oasis brought their balmy brand of Brit pop to its environs in 1994, and the Queens of the Stone Age, backed by Dave Grohl, thundered on its stage in 2002. Along the way, Black Crowes frontman Chris Robinson, Mazzy Star crooner Hope Sandoval, and Pearl Jam’s Jeff Ament have used the venue’s intimate setting to test their various solo projects.
Hang Back by the Bar or Squeeze Upfront
By no means cavernous, Lee’s makes you think you’re in a room bigger than this one. After strolling through the graffiti-inspired front, music lovers can either gawk perched near the bar or venture into the pit near the stage. Set a few feet below the 22 foot wide stage, the area offers revellers plenty of space to shake their hips and thrash their heads.
Meanwhile, On The Upper Level...
If live music isn’t your thing, the Dance Cave upstairs offers five wildly different evenings, catering to all musical tastes. If you find Monday is a bit of a drag, Manic Mondays has the musical ingredients to kick-start your week, while Saturday boasts a full platter of no-nonsense alternative. Those whose tastes skew to the Brit pop and soul sounds will want to stop in on Thursdays and Fridays. The venue strikes a gay-positive vibe on Sundays, but it’s still all about the rock.