BEST CLUB TO SEE A ROCK SHOW
THE PHOENIX 410 Sherbourne, 416-323-1251 The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern may have the pedigree (it’s Legendary!), the teeny Rivoli probably has the best sound, the Boat has amazing decor, and the recent renovations at Lee’s Palace have made seeing shows there way more enjoyable, but if you’re looking for a great overall concertgoing experience, our vote is for the Phoenix. With three different levels and a stage set at the perfect height, the sightlines are awesome no matter where in the club you’re standing; there’s a convenient (and sometimes heated) outdoor smoking area; the Phoenix can actually accommodate all-ages events; and the acoustics are great. We could do without the aggressive bouncers and the trebly vocals that sometimes get lost if the sound guy isn’t paying attention, but those are minor quibbles.
GLENN MILCHEM Glenn Milchem may be best known as part of Blue Rodeo’s straightforward rhythm section, but the multi-talented multi-tasker’s been behind the kit for more great Toronto bands than we have room to list here. Seriously, he was literally the force driving half the Queen West scene by the 90s. Hardcore progheads still carry a torch for Neil Peart’s legendary pounding, but when was the last time you saw Rush in concert? And while rising stars like Rob Gordon – whose virtuosic percussion gave Les Mouches (RIP) shape and makes From Fiction kill live – and No Dynamics’ sweaty pounder Jeremy Finkelstein ensure Milchem should keep watching his back, the guy more than proves his mettle with the mind-