The Rivoli Toronto

The Rivoli is a bar, restaurant and performance space, established in 1982, on Queen Street West in Toronto, Ontario. The club originally earned a reputation as one of Canada’s hippest music clubs, and many major Canadian comedy and musical performers have played on its stage, including The Kids in the Hall, Gordon Downie, The Frantics, Sean Cullen and the infamous Dark Shows. The Drowsy Chaperone premiered at The Rivoli and went on to subsequent productions and eventually a highly successful run on Broadway.In the 1980s, the Rivoli was synonymous with Toronto’s black-garbed Queen West scene (Mike Myers’ Saturday Night Live German club character Dieter was inspired by a Rivoli waiter). This reputation waned as the club’s clientele became more eclectic and upscale, but the Rivoli’s atmosphere is still unique. Talent scouts for Montreal’s Just For Laughs comedy festival and the major television networks still routinely troll the Monday night comedy shows.From 1987-1990 the Journal of Wild Culture held its regular avant-garde vaudeville nights, the Café of Wild Culture, featuring a mix of artists exploring the magazine’s ecology and imagination mandate. Since the 1990s the Rivoli has been home to The ALTdot COMedy Lounge, Toronto’s most popular alternative comedy show. In 2005, a second weekly show was added, The Sketch Comedy Lounge.

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