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The Cameron House
Location408 Queen Street West
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
M5V 2A7
Coordinates43°38′55″N 79°23′51″W / 43.64861°N 79.39750°W / 43.64861; -79.39750Coordinates: 43°38′55″N 79°23′51″W / 43.64861°N 79.39750°W / 43.64861; -79.39750
TypeBar, Music venue
OpenedOctober 1981

The Cameron House is a small bar, live music venue, and informal cultural centre located on Queen Street West, just west of Spadina Avenue, in downtown Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Cameron has a front lounge and a back room, both with the capacity for audiences of no more than sixty people. It has been described as a Toronto crossover of CBGB's and the Chelsea Hotel in New York.[1]


  • 1 History
  • 2 Recent
  • 3 References
  • 4 External links


First opened as a working hotel in the early 1920s, since October 1981 the Cameron has been a community-based space for music, performance, and visual art.[2][3][4][5] Blue Rodeo, Jane Siberry, Ron Sexsmith, Molly Johnson,[6] Gordie Johnson,[3] Holly Cole, Barenaked Ladies, The Meligrove Band, Lorraine Segato, Willie P. Bennett, The Government, Fifth Column, Mary Margaret O'Hara, Handsome Ned, The Golden Dogs and many other well-known Canadian musicians all performed here early in their careers.


House acts at the Cameron in 2005 included The Cameron Family Singers,[7] The DoneFors, The Countrypolitans, Run With the Kittens,[3] The Backstabbers, and Kevin Quain, Freeman Dre and the Kitchen Party and the Mad Bastards.

In 2011, the Cameron House served as a launching pad for Cameron House Records, a new record label.[8]


  1. ^ Davey, Steven (November 9, 2006). "Cameron celebrates 25: Queen West landmark continues to thrive with T.O. talent a quarter-century on", Now 26 (10). Retrieved December 7, 2012.
  2. ^ Hume, Christopher (June 26, 1987). "Artists in residence: At Cameron, home is where the art is", Toronto Star, p. E10.
  3. ^ a b c DeMara, Bruce (October 8, 2006). "Cameron Housed: Queen West's scruffy hostelry/hangout has catered to artists for 25 years, and its tiny stage, creative energy and draft beer made for something unique in Toronto", Toronto Star, p. C4.
  4. ^ Wingrove, Josh (November 21, 2009). "Cameron House bar for sale for $2.9-million", The Globe and Mail, p. A20.
  5. ^ Helm, Judy; McNamara, Michael. "The story of the Cameron House". Cameron Public House. p. 1. Archived from the original (JPG) on September 28, 2011. Retrieved 2011-07-06. 
  6. ^ (January 20, 2007). "Cameron House launched career", Toronto Star, p. M6.
  7. ^ MacKinnon, Donna Jean (April 7, 2005). "Cameron House rules: Queen St. W. institution is a one-of-a-kind haven for local musicians and artists while also drawing a diverse urban audience", Toronto Star, p. G1.
  8. ^ Kinos-Goodin, Jesse (January 22, 2011). "Cameron House diversifies: New record label", National Post, p. TO3.

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