PLEASE NOTE: As of August 2018, the Music Gallery has changed their location to 918 Bathurst St. This location is under renovation to become accessible to all patrons. Please stay tuned!
197 John Street, Toronto, ON M5T 1X6
The Music Gallery is located within St. George the Martyr, a gothic style church built in 1845. I’ve yet to see a show here, but I’ve been told this accessible, 150-capacity venue has a fantastic sound system. The Music Gallery caters to innovative, experimental musicians, and genres range from free jazz, post-classical, electronic, and indie rock.
There is no automatic door opener at the entrance, but the double doors are wide, making it easy to enter with a mobility device. A ramp provides access to the main space, and floors throughout this building are either tile or hardwood.
Bands perform either on the altar or just in front of it. I liked that this venue was accessible for potential patrons and performers. The seating at this space varies from show to show. For some bands, the wooden pews are left out. When this is the case, there is still plenty of room in the wide aisles or at the front for guests using mobility devices. At other shows, the pews are moved to the side and guests stand for the performance. There is a second overflow room with a bar.
The accessible washroom has a 35” wide door with doorknobs. There are 2 grab bars, a 31” sink with space underneath, and a 19” high toilet. Soap, and toilet paper are within reach. Paper towels were a little high up. There are no automatic features in this bathroom.
There are several private parking lots in the area: 205 McCaul Steet, 250 Dundas Street West, 121 St. Patrick Street, 521 Dundas Street West, and 40 Larch Street. The nearest accessible subway stop is Osgoode Station.