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Jazz Bistro set to take over the old Top o’ The Senator space

A rendering of the third-floor Jazz Cellar, a private events space (Image: Courtesy of Chase International)

Come February, Toronto’s long-defunct Top O’ The Senator space will once again be filled with jazz and other live music, six nights a week, with the launch of the aptly named Jazz Bistro. Colin Hunter, who founded Sunwing Travel Group and is a crooner himself, bought the building last year, and, given the loss of The Trane Studio in August, the timing is excellent. The sprawling three-floor space will feature a stage, a full-service dining room, a second-floor balcony overlooking the stage, two bars and a semi-private dining room, as well as a private events space and a rooftop patio (an A/V system will let everyone tune into the performance whether they can see the stage or not). The club will also feature a Steinway Red Pops grand piano, a rare and flashy set of keys that Bistro claims is the only one of its kind in Canada (it’s also said to be a favourite of Diana Krall’s). Daniel Racine (Six Steps, Lolita’s Lust Restaurant) will head the kitchen, serving seasonally inclined bistro fare for both lunch and dinner.

Jazz Bistro, 251 Victoria St.,, @JazzBistro_ca