3 reasons you NEED to do karaoke in Toronto

Everyone loves going out and having a great time with friends, but clubs, pubs and bars don’t need to be your only option for escaping your Toronto apartment. While it’s all well and good to head out to these great locations, mixing it up every once in a while isn’t a bad idea either!

Enter karaoke bars. Born in Japan, where teeny, cute girls would drink their faces off and wail poppy Japanese tunes, karaoke is now a pretty big deal everywhere in the world, including Toronto. Here are three reasons you should probably think about karaoke next time you want to party with your crew.

Really cool locations

Toronto has great Karaoke joints located all around the city. Freezone Karaoke on Bloor “feels like a friend’s basement” and can comfortably entertain a whole group, while a place like Ten 2 3 on Steeles in Markham feels much more like a great restaurant/lounge combination. A great thing about the karaoke-specific locations is that they usually have some great, authentic Asian foods, so not only do you get to have fun, but you get fed! TO has all kinds of places in between, so find out what works best for you and hit them up.

It’s Karaoke Night every night somewhere in TO

The best thing about living in a city as big as Toronto is that there’s always something fun to do every night – and making a fool of yourself to a Cyndi Lauper song is no exception. Tons of places, not necessarily karaoke-specific venues, will have impromptu karaoke nights for some great fun while getting some drinks to boot. It’s all about what you’re willing to search out!

Karaoke is the best way to embarrass your friends

Is it someone’s birthday? Having a Stagette, or just celebrating a work week being finished? The best way to blow out the pipes is to sing out of ‘em! Karaoke is a great bonding experience and enjoying a private room at a place like 8090 KTV on Dundas or XO Karaoke on Bloor is a great option when you don’t want to make a fool of everyone in front of strangers. If that IS what you want though, head on down to Fox and Fiddle on Bloor on Tuesday nights, or one of tons more pubs, to get that big-crowd feel.

Karaoke is definitely an under-utilized experience and most people don’t go to sing when they see it. Encourage your friends to get out there and have some liquid courage, because some of the best fun can be had belting out Journey while everyone in the bar claps for you!

Erin Cardone

Born on the Prairies, Erin Cardone grew up knowing there was more to life than canola fields and AAA Alberta Angus. So she escaped, living in Europe and Australia, white-knuckling it through plates of calf brains and raw horse meat, and learning languages she can't remember anymore. After a stint as a jaded, skeptical journalist, she changed tack and began writing rather awesome blogs and showing businesses that advertising is dead, so long live social media, with her businesses Legendary Social Media. She now splits her time between various Canadian cities, Costa Rica and wherever else the wind blows.

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