A part of
Toronto
History

Our History

From humble beginnings, The Rex Hotel Jazz & Blues Bar has grown into a musical mecca presenting 19 shows per week.

Where

jazz musicians

come to hear jazz.

Some of our accolades over the years...

downbeat great jazz venue 2018
downbeat great jazz venue 2015
now magazine reader's choice jazz venue 2018
downbeat great jazz venue 2011

Since the late '80s, the Rex has been at the forefront of Toronto's thriving local jazz scene. The casual atmosphere, eclectic mix of retro-chic decor, and wide selection of Ontario craft beer combine to make The Rex feel like a second home.

The Jazz & Blues Bar continually attracts Canada's finest musicians and is unique in that it remains distinctly inexpensive and affordable for the budget-conscious. During the annual TD Toronto Jazz Festival, The Rex is one of the central venues with the busiest programme.

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A history in pictures…

historical-rex-hotel toronto old downtown conference centre
downtown economy hotel queen street
bob ross, owner of the rex hotel
the rex hotel toronto in the eighties
rex hotel staff in toronto ontario

All year long, it’s not unusual for world-renowned musicians (like Kurt Elling, Randy Brecker, Wynton Marsalis & the Lincoln Center Orchestra, Chris Potter, Roy Hargrove’s RH Factor, Joshua Redman, Russell Malone, Harry Connick Jr., George Garzone, Frank Tiberi, David Binney, Mark Turner, The Bloomdaddies, Ari Hoenig’s Punk Bop, Willem Breuker Kollektiv, Ricardo Del Fra, Derek Trucks Band, Mulgrew Miller, Eric Reed, Stacy Rowles, Ani Difranco, Maceo Parker, Dave Liebman, Seamus Blake, Chris Tarry, Henry Hey, Pete McCann, Chris Cheek, Tim LeFebvre, Keith Carlock, Gary Versace, Dan Weiss, Slide Hampton, Joe & Pat LaBarbera, Christian Scott, Rob McConnell, Donny McCaslin, Ben Monder, Scott Colley, Antonio Sanchez, Don Byron and many more) to show up on our stage.

At The Rex, we stay true to our motto:

"More Great Jazz than anywhere else, all the time!"

Bob Ross

Owner

Bob Ross Owner

Bob Ross has served as the proud owner of The Rex Hotel for over 40 years.

Tom Tytel

Music Manager

Tom Tytel Music Manager

Tom Tytel is responsible for bringing 19 live shows to The Rex every week. Jazz lives here.

Avi Ross

General Manager

Avi Ross General Manager

Avi Ross carries on in his father's and grandfather's footsteps, managing this Toronto landmark.