The City of Toronto’s Amplified Live Music on Patios program runs from May through November 2023. Following successful pilots in 2021 and 2022, amplified live music is now permitted city wide as a permanent element of CaféTO. The program allows amplified live music on CaféTO patios to add energy and vitality to participating main streets – and help to create more paid opportunities for local musicians.

Amplified live music will be permitted only within the following scheduled times:

  • Thursdays and Fridays, 5 to 10 p.m.
  • Saturdays, noon to 10 p.m.
  • Sundays, noon to 6 p.m.

If participating in the program, patios must comply with the City’s Noise Bylaw, at all times. Only cafés on main streets are included – cafés on local roads are not permitted to host amplified live music performances through this program. More information available in the CaféTO staff report.

What is an Amplified Live Music Performance?

A live performance for an audience by an individual musical artist or group of musical artists on physical or digital instruments, but excludes the playback of any recorded music without the active use of an instrument.

How can musicians participate?

Musicians interested in performing as part of the Amplified Live Music on Patios program should contact BIAs or restaurants directly.

To be considered for other paid performance opportunities (YYZ Live, Music 311 and City Hall Live), musicians can apply online to be considered for other performance opportunities. For general inquiries about the Amplified Live Music on Patios, please contact the Music Office at

Participating restaurants and BIAs are invited to add the upcoming performances to the Festival and Events Calendar.

More information available