It’s no Berlin or London, but Toronto actually has a pretty strong house music scene, and there are plenty of options for a fun night out, ranging from underground events with local DJs to sceney clubs to massive shows in big arenas.
I’m not a huge fan of crowd, massive lineups and expensive cover, so I opt for the smaller spots and events, which are a lot better, in my opinion. My go-to is Bassline Music Bar, an unassuming little spot in the west end at Bloor and Ossington (Ossington TTC station). Places open and close, but Bassline has been going strong since 2012. I usually go on Saturday nights, when they often have a “Let There Be House” party. Shoot them a message on Twitter (@BasslineToronto) or on Facebook to ask what is happening when you’re in town. They’re usually pretty responsive (and personally I try to avoid being surprised by Drum ‘n Bass or Jungle nights… not my thing).
At the front of the bar: drinks are cheap and plentiful, and there’s a Super Nintendo at the bar for those who want it (a quirky detail!). At the back: a tiny dance floor, with all-consuming bass, bizarrely static laser-point lights and an eclectic crowd. Cover is usually free, or otherwise very cheap. No sceniness or pretension here. We’re all just here to dance.