67 Front St. E.
Toronto M5E 1B5
C’est What books “fresh original pop music with an edge.” This encompasses a wide range of styles from pop to funk, hip-hop, rock, roots and more than a few in between. Jeff Buckley, Jewel, Roger Hodgson, and Wilco are among the international acts that have been seen on our stage with local artists performing their own material given preference. Some of our notable home grown alumni include The Balconies, Barenaked Ladies, Feist, Hawksley Workman, Ron Sexsmith, Sarah Harmer, Serena Ryder, Sarah Slean, and The Tea Party.
Although our music room is legally licensed for an intimate 100 people, our attention to live production has enjoyed a strong reputation for 28 years with an unsurpassed sound system for a venue of this size. Matched with excellent live engineers and equipped with a full 24-track live remote recording system, C’est What is able to capture and mix album-quality multi-track recordings on-site for all live performances. Our great food and outstanding selection of beer, wine, and single malt scotch only enhance what is arguably Toronto’s finest small venue & showcase atmosphere.
We believe that venues like C’est What have an important role to play in our musical culture. It is in the interest of all of those in the musical community to encourage people to support the live music scene. For our part, we do our best to balance artistic and commercial concerns and provide a comfortable environment for the listener, first class presentation of quality original acts, and professional technical support for the performers.
C’est What is Toronto’s original craft beer and wine restaurant. We have always been centered on an appreciation of the things that make our city great and leave the Irish to have their own kind of pubs, the French their own style of wine, the Americans their own roadhouse food, and top-forty music to radio stations. Since first opening our doors in 1988 we have been a proud Canadian cultural ambassador.
Against conventional wisdom, C’est What has always championed the little guy setting an example for a new generation of establishments that are forging their own way without the influence of corporate tie-ins.
As our founder, George, says: “If it’s worth doing at all, it’s worth doing well. Our mission to showcase the best of Toronto keeps us coming to work every day – well, that and the beer.”
Sunday – Monday 11:30 am – 1:00 am
Tuesday – Saturday 11:30 am – 2:00 am