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Jazz Bistro to open at old Top o’ the Senator venue in February

Jazz will return to the much-missed Top o’ the Senator venue when it reopens in February under a new owner.

Expected to open the week of Feb. 4, Jazz Bistro will have live performances each Tuesday through Thursday.

The 251 Victoria St. location, just south of Dundas St. E., hosted musical stars such as Shirley Horn, Stanley Turrentine and Amy Winehouse between its opening in 1990 and the day its doors closed in 2005.

It joined a growing list of shuttered top-notch Toronto clubs — among them Courthouse, Montreal Bistro and the recently closed Trane Studio — but the new opening of Jazz Bistro has given new hope.

“I decided that we would try and give Toronto a good jazz club and see if the city could support it,” Colin Hunter, owner and founder of Sunwing Travel Group, told the Star last month.

Tuesdays at his club will be dedicated to giving touring artists and students a chance to program evenings, according to a news release on Friday. Wednesdays will feature music from Latin America, while the rest of the week will focus on contemporary and traditional artists.

Appetizers, dessert, lunch and Sunday brunch will be on the menu, prepared by head chef Daniel Racine, formerly of Lolita’s Lust Restaurant and Six Steps.

The first floor will house the performance space plus a dining room and bar. The stage will be home to a Steinway Red Pops special-collection ebony grand piano.

More seating and a cocktail bar will be on the second floor. The third floor will be available for rental.

thestar.com – entertainment