722 College Street
Toronto ON M6G 1C4
Toronto – Like a fine wine or a hot tub, the Mod Club is something I have enjoyed more and more as I get older. Maybe it’s because of the location (within walking distance) or maybe it’s because of it’s awesome sound system, the Mod Club is definitely one of those venues that could sway whether I see a band or not. So let’s take a look at this venue in the heart of Little Italy.
I couldn’t find any history on the Mod Club. As far as I know it’s always been there. I imagine two rich ex-pats sitting around at a pub drinking ale and having this conversation:
“Have you heard? Vespas are making a comeback”
“Really? I heard DVD sales for Quadrophenia are off the charts!”
“Rockstar just came out with a game about London in the 60s”
“Austin Powers made 300 million world wide!”
“Lets start a club and make it mod, and then all those silly wankers who think they are the next Paul Weller can come, and we’ll take their money”
Thus, the Mod Club was born.
With a capacity around 600, I guess you can consider the Mod Club to be a mid size venue. It has raised platform on the right hand side and a balcony area on the left hand side. The layout is pretty nice and there are at least 4 bars that can service your drinking needs. However, the drink prices here are slightly higher then your usual bar and the selection is not as great. We have only recently discovered that pints of draft are cheaper then beer bottles, so that is a great new discovery. Much like Columbus. They seemed to be cheap on air conditioning for a lot of shows in April/May which resulted in a sauna like atmosphere that I only appreciate when I’m in an actual sauna. Hopefully this will be remedied in the future. The bouncers are generally nice and don’t do a pat down. Two things I hate about the Mod Club: 1) they have bathroom attendants 2) for shows that are on weekends, you can always here the bass from the latino dance club that occupies the basement of the building. I guess that is not their fault, but it is annoying irregardless. The sound system is crisp and clear, and generally, everything sounds great at the Mod Club.
Given that there are three different levels to the Mod Club, the sightlines are decent. The stage is at a decent height so that when you are on the main floor, you can generally see. It is a bit tight for any sold out shows though. If you can get a good view from the balcony or on the raised platform, it’s also very good.
I like the Mod Club. It’s a good mid level club that offers good sound, an easy walk and generally decent sightlines. Sure it can feel crowded when it’s a sold out show, but so does every other club. Bonus, you can go to College Falafel afterwards and get a Halifax style Donair. The bros in the bathroom have gotta go though, I am not giving you a dollar for handing me a paper towel.
Patrick Wolf, NXNE, 2009
The Presets, April 2009
Ian Brown, Feb, 2005