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. My go-to for the last several years has been 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.