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Gate 403 Live Jazz & Blues

Written by kendra on Monday, May 31st, 2010

A 20yr veteran and icon of the Toronto jazz scene Gate 403 is ranked among the top three Jazz & Blues Venue in Toronto. This venerable establishment is part of the Toronto Jazz festival and boasts a roster that is booked a year in advance featuring live jazz, blues folk and country.

Drop in any day of the week from 4PM to Midnight and expect up to 2 bands during weekdays and 3 on weekends when it opens earlier at 11AM. Gate 403 showcases a mix of about 80% Jazz 15% blues and 5% Folk and country. Each Tuesday features the Juno Award winning Julian Fauth. There is no cover but if you love the band you can tip them. Info on each band is available directly from Gate 403 website or you can contact general info.


The ambience is casual, romantic and cozy clientele aged 25+ are similarly casually dressed but not grungy a nice pair of jeans and even shorts but no baggy clothes etc. There are many regulars who keep coming back to this place the majority being locals make up about seventy percent and others from around the GTA. Usually busy on week-ends and even more so during the winter. Summer months are usually quieter as regulars purportedly head off to vacation an summer homes.


The slightly upscale full dinner menu is prepared by veteran Chefs Guru and Daisuke now in his 10th year with Gate 403 the wait staff is efficient courteous and knowledgeable usually working here for 3-5 yrs. For this review I had the 10oz Rib Steak and true to their claim it was pretty good.


Gate 403 hosts approximately one hundred guests, reservations are available and it is advisable to call ahead if you are in a group of 3 or more on week-ends. Parking is available on the street after 5PM and the school, steps away, is also open for public parking. Prices are mid-range; debit and all major cards are accepted except Amex. If necessary there are ATMs across the street at the TD Bank or 24Hr grocery store.

If you are a jazz fan or just in the mood for a relaxing night out good food and live music drop by Gate 403 you just might become a regular.

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