The Rolling Stones have often rehearsed world tours in Toronto, and have played surprise gigs at intimate local clubs

The Rolling Stones

The Rolling Stones

Toronto, Ontario – In 2005 they picked a private school in a quite residential area near Mount Pleasant and Davisville, in previous years they rented Toronto schools and the former Masonic Temple at Yonge St. & Davenport  to rehearse world tours.

Rock-lovers in the city have had some surprise benefits when the Stones hit town. They sometimes shown up at small clubs to give new material a test. In March 1977 it was the El Mocambo on Spadina Ave., in 1994 it was the RPM Club on Queen’s Quay (now the Guvernment), and 1997 it was the Horseshoe Tavern on Queen St. West, in 2002 the
waterfront Palais Royale Ballroom, and in 2005 it was The Phoenix. Why Toronto? It’s the home of their concert promoter Michael Cohl, but they’ve also said they like the city because people leave them alone. They’ve even been reported riding around on rental bikes.

When Toronto had its SARS challenge the Stones showed their support by headlining a huge benefit concert at Downsview Park hosted by Kingston, Ontario resident, Blues Brother, Dan Aykroyd.

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