So you find yourself with a night on your hands and a song in your heart. The morning shower concerts have proven a little sparse on the applause after all, and you feel rehearsed enough to take your Eminen and Commodores performances public.
Take heed, gentle troubador, for karaoke—the Asian import that sustained you through the ’90s—is alive and well and still bending eardrums in this city. Herewith, a sampling of spots to get your inner Beyonce on.
Toby's Famous Eatery, 411 College St. Hosted by the inimitable Jason Rolland and his 40,000-song library, and lubricated by $10 pitchers and $3 shooters, karaoke nights are Sunday and Monday here, starting at 10 pm.
Fox and Fiddle, 280 Bloor St. W. This Yorkville staple, known for its English-style dishes and abundant suds, gets lively with karaoke every Tuesday to Saturday, starting at 10:30 pm. Choose from a song list that’s 35,000 strong.
Shoeless Joe’s, 250 Eglinton Ave. W. Crooners, rockers and wannabe disco divas unite here. Every Saturday from 10 pm.
The Grasshopper, 460 Parliament St. Close your week with an off-key tribute to your favourite wailer at this downtown pub. Every Sunday, from 9 pm.
Molly Bloom’s Irish Pub, 191 College St. Come for the $4 half-pound burger, stay for the off-key renditions of Pat Benatar’s best. Every Monday, starting at 10 pm.
The Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. W. The Melody Bar inside Toronto’s oldest continually operated hotel holds weekend karaoke nights which are said to have attracted the likes of Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling. Hosted by the colourful Peter Styles and featuring a karaoke-to-go option for ersatz superstars to record their performance live on DVD. Fridays and Saturdays, starting at 10 pm.
Mayday Malone’s Pub and Restaurant, 1078 Bathurst St. This spacious Italian-inspired hangout turns up the volume with hosted weekly karaoke sessions. Thursdays, starting at 10 pm.
The Hole in the Wall, 2867 Dundas St. W. Come and murderize your favourite tune at this ambient little bar when it hosts karaoke on Fridays, starting at 10 pm.
Hoops Sports Bar & Grill, 458 Yonge St. This longstanding mecca to all things sports overpowers the fans with karaoke nights, Wednesday and Thursday, starting at 10 pm.
Baby Huey, 70 Ossington Ave. Buy courage in the form $3.50 Jager shots before mounting the stage. Host Richie Rich makes it a comedy combo. Tuesdays, starting at 10 pm.