PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS LIST WILL BE UNDER REVIEW AFTER THE PANDEMIC.
Swing dances are social dances, meaning they are to be enjoyed out in the wild. Get into the spirit of swing by going out, meeting fabulous people, and putting your steps into practice!
Every Saturday night, dancers flock to the Dovercourt House for the popular Saturday Night Swing! This central staple of Toronto’s swing scene is presented by Swing Toronto and features a great line-up of live swing bands! Come early for beginner swing dance classes and stay for the party! Lessons at 7:00PM, band on just after 9:00PM. Cover charge applies.
Join the University of Toronto Swing Club for their weekly swing dance every Wednesday night. Drop by early for beginner lessons and get dancing with this vibrant and inclusive group! UT-Swing dances are open to all; U of T student card not required.
This legendary Spadina establishment is one of the city’s longest-running live music venues, and Toronto’s self-described “Home of the Blues.” With no cover charge, Grossman’s is a great place to start (or end) your dance crawl with an easy-going vibe and friendly bar staff. Check out the New Orleans Connection All-Star Jazz Band every Sunday afternoon at 4:30PM.
Pile into the cozy downtown Cameron House to find a dedicated crowd of dancers enjoying local favourites The Double Cuts or Combo Royale. Drop some cash in the tip jug and enjoy a casual night of dancing in this tiny-but-mighty establishment!
Pop by the Monarch Tavern (College/Clinton) on the second Monday of the month to strut your stuff to the incredible sounds of Martin Loomer and His Orange Devils Orchestra! That $10 cover charge is a real steal for music this good.
This is certainly not an exhaustive list! Follow Toronto Lindy Hop on Facebook for a weekly low-down of live music and swing events throughout the city!