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The Rex Jazz & Blues Bar

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For almost 30 years, the eclectic Rex Jazz & Blues Bar has been at the forefront of Toronto’s thriving jazz scene. The casual and international atmosphere, the interesting mix of retro-chic decor, about 20 weekly concerts and a wide variety of cool drinks and food combine to make the Rex feel like a second home to every single guest.

Toronto is known worldwide as one of the world’s most cultural and artistic cities. Every day, the city’s buzzing arts and entertainment scene presents exciting exhibitions, theatre plays and sold-out music performances by top class artists, actors and musicians.

When it comes to jazz, pretty much every local cool cat knows that the Rex Jazz & Blues Bar is the place to go if you want to listen to the best jazz acts Toronto has to offer.

Hot Live Jazz Every Day

The Rex is the place where jazz lives and where hot live music never sleeps! In fact, owner Bob Ross and his son and general manager Avi and music manager Tom Tytel make sure that, whenever you stop by the Rex, there is going to be an exciting music act waiting for you.

If you are looking for a marathon of top-notch jazz, you will be glad you are at the Rex. Why?

Well, for starters the Rex never presents just one set. No matter what day you stop by, you will find at least two – and sometimes even three or four performances! And don’t be mistaken: the Rex doesn’t choose quantity over quality. Instead, the venue combines the two, assuring that guests always get more than just a single high-quality music show.


After almost thirty years, the Rex Jazz & Blues Bar is still going strong and it continues to be a landmark for live music enthusiasts in Toronto. The venue constantly attracts Canada’s finest musicians and is unique in that it remains a distinctly inexpensive and affordable for the budget-conscious.

This means that you, as guest, can see critically-acclaimed international performers for a fairly good price. Yes, by world-renowned artists we mean stars like Kurt Elling, Randy Brecker, Wynton Marsalis & Lincoln Center Orchestra, Chris Potter, Joshua Redman and Grammy Award winners Snarky Puppy. These are only some of the big jazz names that showed up on the Rex’s stage in the past.

DownBeat included the Rex in its list of 150 great jazz venues, hailing the venue as “a sure-fire bet for quality acts seven days a week”.

A Bite to Eat Anyone?

In addition to being a versatile jazz venue, the Rex is also an attentive, convenient and down-to-earth friendly hotel in downtown Toronto, as well as a good and wallet-friendly restaurant. The Rextaurant features pub-fare drinks and a wide selection of food, including its famous homemade burgers.


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The daily menu is an excellent choice to take a break from work and enjoy a bite to eat in a cozy atmosphere, or to have a good lunch “Toronto-style”. Whether your are a burger lover, a vegetarian or just want to have a snack, the Rextaurant will provide you with high-quality food that will leave you with a full stomach without the need of spending a fortune.

Just like the daily menu, the dinner menu also features popular homemade burgers and sandwiches, a good choice of salads, soups and side dishes. And to make your experience at the Rextaurant complete, make sure not to leave without having tasted one of the weekly dessert choices.

If you prefer your jazz served with a cool drink, you will be glad to know that the Rex Jazz & Blues Bar has a wide selection of draught and bottled beers, wines, liquors and non-alcoholic beverages. At the Rex, the service is just as good as the music presented and it will make you feel so comfortable, that every time you will get back you will feel like at home.

And wait, there’s more!

During the annual Toronto Downtown Jazz Festival, the Rex serves as one of the event’s central venues with the busiest programme. Since its first edition back in 1987, the festival has grown to become one of the much-awaited highlights of the Canadian summer. In recent years, some 500,000 loyal patrons have attended this 10-day music celebration that showcases some of the country’s finest musicians and high-profile international artists. The 2014 edition of Toronto Downtown Jazz Festival will take place in June (19-28).

The Rex Jazz & Blues Bar

Simply walk into the Rex Jazz & Blues bar on any given day to enjoy top-class jazz shows with a cold drink and fine food. Within minutes, you will see why the Rex is not only the first choice for dozens of local regulars, but it is also the premiere venue many Canadian and international artists choose to perform at.

If you want to spend an entertaining night in a friendly, cosmopolitan and laid-back atmosphere, with a good drink, high-quality and wallet-friendly treats and classy jazz, no place in Toronto, and probably in the whole country, is better than the Rex Jazz & Blues Bar.

Restaurant, hotel and live music venue…the Rex is great, no matter how you to look at it.

Make sure to leave a comment below and tell us more about your last visit at the Rex!

Venue Details:

The Rex Jazz & Blues Bar

194 Queen West, Toronto


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