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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-

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