This large room in the Gay Village, erected in 1900, oozes old school charm with its red painted walls and gilded detailing. Its past as the preeminent venue for francophone theatre in the city has made way to a present drenched in live music. Its sloped floor on the lower level equals perfect sightlines from wherever you choose to stand, while the steep balcony up above provides an all-seeing bird’s eye view. With its bar and coat check out in the lobby, the foot traffic and disturbances are minimized during performances, which enables full concentration on acts like Mos Def, Sloan and godspeed you! black emperor that have all come through here. The sound quality isn’t as rich as in some other venues, but the womblike feeling of warmth and intimacy provided by the space makes for some magical musical moments.
Photo: Susan Moss