The best places to throw an EP release party this summer in Toronto
So you’ve been working at an EP for god knows how long, and it’s officially time to release it into the universe. However, sometimes it gets pretty anti-climactic when you finally press that button and go live in the digital world. Your songs are now on Soundcloud, Spotify, and all other streaming platforms, but there is no hype! There is no grand applause, or a feeling of inter-connectivity with your listeners or fans. The moment passes, and you find yourself refreshing the page over and over again to see if you have had any listens. And you wait, and wait, and wait some more.
Releasing an EP is a HUGE accomplishment. You deserve to be celebrated, heard, and a point of conversation. It’s time to do an EP release party, and invite everyone who helped you get this project off the ground to stand with you in all your glory. It’s time to do what you were born to do: perform, and share your music with the world in a real, authentic, and meaningful way.
Below are a list of our favorite venues that you can explore for your EP party this summer, pending on how many people you’d like to invite and how memorable you’d like your experience to be.
1) Pirate Life
That’s correct. This is a small pirate ship that has the capacity of 35 people. There is a bar, and a washroom on-board. You have the option of covering up some of the pirate-like branding, but it’s cool as ever! It has the capabilities of hosting live performances, and will create an EP release experience unlike any other both for you and your guests this summer. And if that wasn’t enough, the ship is completely free from May - October when it’s docked.
2) The Baby G
Owned and operated by music people. If you are looking to do a live performance complimented by an unreal sound quality, this is one of the places you should consider. The Baby G has the capacity of a bit over 145 people, and comes with a sound technician. They also house great craft beer options and offer drink tickets to the hosts!
Tucked away in the basement of the lively arcade bar, NightOwl is a venue that will surely provide ‘that vibe’. Located in Little Italy, the space has a capacity of about 87 people give or take, and offers both drink and food options to guests. The lighting capabilities are awesome, allowing you to turn the entire room to any color of your choice.
4) Boxcar Social at the Harbourfront
On a scale of 1-10, how boujy are you looking to get? Boxcar Social is situated right next to the Toronto Harbourfront center, and above the skating rink. It overlooks Lake Ontario and will make your guests feel ‘on one’. It is a cafe-bar hybrid and has a capacity of 200 people. The bar is fully stocked from high-end whisky to local craft beers, and wines from the new world and the old. An EP party here will definitely set the stage for the success you are looking to achieve in the future.
This queen west location is situated near Trinity Bellwoods and is two floors. The upstairs is an ideal space for a small EP release party with a capacity of 40. The layout is flexible, and the private bar provides an intimate and exclusive vibe for your guests, creating a cool juxtaposition to the quiet dining room downstairs. The staff is super hands on, making sure that your event is going smoothly and that you are set up for success. As for audio, H-Bar has a sound system that you can plug into that hugs the room pretty well.
Keep in mind, throwing an EP release party is not cheap. However you don’t need to have a huge budget to make it happen. When approaching any venue about an EP release event, make sure you are taking the venue’s needs into consideration as well (i.e, bar sales for the night, number of staff they need to pay to accommodate your guests, and the cost of staying open/closing off to the public). Work with them to make sure the night is a success for both yourself as well as the venue.
Good luck, and don’t forget to invite us!