Dear Toronto. Love, Sneaky Dee’s & Hard Luck Bar.

DISCLAIMER: This is NOT a petition, a complaint, or an issue of insensitivity that the internet is ever so prone to these days.

Toronto is the epicentre of the creative community in Canada. All of these factors may or may not have influenced your decision to live in this beautiful beast of a city, but we are here now and that’s what’s important.

Surprisingly, an overwhelming number of residents believe the city has become too loud. We think those people are actually in the minority, and if complainants can dial 311 about “noise”, those of us who enjoy the city’s bustling culture and nightlife can take a few minutes to respond.

Sneaky Dee’s started as a family business in 1987. We’ve been lucky enough to be adopted by our many diverse patrons as a local institution. Home and incubator for a countless number of musicians, artists, residents and tourists, we’re proud to be ingrained in our local community. Everyone from Arcade Fire to Fucked Up has graced the darkly lit upstairs stage, and has helped Dee’s make its mark as a cultural institution.

In our three decades of booking, promoting, and producing shows, we’ve experienced our fair share of run-ins with Toronto by-law enforcement officers responding to noise complaints. Between Dee’s and our sister venue, The Hard Luck, we’ve invested a considerable amount of money in soundproofing in an effort to minimize any stray notes and tones that our neighbors may consider a nuisance. We’d like to think that these investments have been more than would be reasonably expected of someone in our position. We know how important music is to our community so, for us, the expenses are worth it if it means we all get along. Compromise, right?

Unfortunately, that hasn’t been the case. In spite of our geography – anchored firmly in the heart of urban Toronto – we are involved in noise disputes with a regularity that would make you cringe. We are not alone in this issue. The City of Toronto is currently conducting a review of the city’s current noise by-laws, and more than a handful of Toronto’s storied, active venues have spoken up just as we are now. Meetings have been productive, and people are working towards positive, long-term solutions on this issue. We are hopeful that these discussions will lead to a change in how Toronto’s noise bylaws are set up, and administered. The existing laws and ways of enforcing them are causing serious issues when it comes to running music venues like ours in Toronto.

What can you do?

Send feedback via e-mail to Jessica Walter (jwalter2@toronto.ca) of Municipal Licensing and Standards at the City of Toronto. Tell her that live music should be managed differently, the value of these venues within our community, and how we can all work together to develop an appropriate course of action. We’ve even drafted an e-mail for you below.

We love our city, and we’re proud of the reputation we’ve built as presenters of local and international talent. We look forward to booking shows for years to come and continuing to contribute to the building of a positive creative culture in our community. Art is loud and sometimes messy but a core part of our culture. Let’s not step on our own toes, Toronto.

Thank you for your support!
– Owners of Sneaky Dee’s and Hard Luck Bar

Draft email:
Dear Jessica,

I am writing to express my support for live music in Toronto. As a music fan and concert-goer, I value the work local venue owners and promoters are putting in to keep our city on the cutting edge of industry trends. As a resident of Toronto, my issues with loud noise coming from loud music and community events is far outweighed by the sounds of construction, streetcars, and general street traffic.

I appreciate you considering this, as the ML&S reviews issues related to the noise by-law review process, with a view to smoothly integrating the perspectives of the music community with those of the whole of Toronto

Thank you,

Shake a Tail is BACK – and this time its a triple threat!

You know we make you want to shout!

Shake a Tail is back every Saturday night at Dee’s, and this time we’re bringing a TRIPLE THREAT playlist of 50s, 60s, and now spinning 70s classics to get your hustle on!

If you’ve never been to Shake a Tail, you can expect everything from go-go dancing to conga lines set to a nostalgic soundtrack of classic rock, pop and soul, spanning the three decades.

For 10 years Shake a Tail has been a Saturday night Toronto tradition around the city before finding a home here at Dee’s and we couldn’t be more proud. Co-Founders Aaron and Terrance sum up the best part about hosting this legendary event:

“Putting on a song and having the crowd lose their minds is the best thing to see, it’s a great fucking time, no b.s., no attitude, just a damn good time and the best dance party.”

Make sure to follow Shake a Tail on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to catch special deals and promotions!

https://twitter.com/shake_a_tail

https://www.facebook.com/pages/SHaKe-A-TAiL/394667370725664

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Dee’s Days of Summer

Oh snap!

Do416, Paper Bag Records, and Amsterdam Brewing are putting on the party of the summer – at our place. And they’re bringing Miracle Fortress, Billy Moon and more rad bands to keep you bumpin’ and grindin’ into the night.

The event is FREE if you RSVP here.

But wait – it gets better.

The first 150 RSVP-ers through the door get a FREE tallboy of 416 Local Lager!

Doors at 9PM, 19+.

RSVP and details here.

The best all-day breakfast in town – but you already knew that, didn’t you?

It’s Sunday morning. You went way too hard last night and now you’re dealing with the consequences. The only thing that’s gonna help that hangover is a litre of Gatorade and one epic f@#king breakfast.

Well you’re in luck. Dee’s serves one of the best breakfasts in town – all day, err’ day.

Our brunch is so good, in fact, that Toronto.com mentioned us as one of the best all-day breakfasts in Toronto! Aww shucks! It was an honour for sure but, come on, are you surprised? Nah, us neither.

Toronto.com featured our Queen of Heart Attacks dish which includes one artery-clogging plate of bacon, ham, and sausage, two pulled pork eggs benny, two slices of french toast, poutine, buttery sautéed mushrooms, and even some grilled tomatoes. Don’t forget – the vegetables cancel out the carbs! This one’s probably gonna take a few people to finish, but we dare you to prove us wrong.

But Dee’s doesn’t just serve a killer breakfast. As you know, we also make some mean, mouthwatering TexMex dishes. If you haven’t already, you need to try the fajitas and of course, our fully loaded, famous nachos. And hey, if you’re not feeling the southern vibes, we’ve got wings, poutine, and an array of burgers and sandwiches.

Check out our menu and stop by to see why we were named one of Toronto’s best all-day breakfast joints!

Homesick (Warped Tour Edition)

Heading to Warped Tour on Friday? Well, we have your after party! Homesick is pleased to present the Official Unofficial Warped Tour After Party. Why go home after a long day of live music in the sun when you can cram into a dark, loud room with the same crowd! It’s like an encore set for all those bands that got stuck at the border, or the ones you saw at Warped ’07.

The same Homesick you’ve always loved, plus special guest DJ’. Free entry all night with your Warped ticket, or before 11:30pm without ($5 cover after). We also have $3 drinks before midnight to help you cool down. Come party with us! You never know who you’re going to see out.

RSVP!
Friday, July 17th
Doors @ 10pm

Make a Real Escape and take comfort in Dee’s

Wanna enjoy a day full of mystery, mind games, challenges … and nachos? Well ya gotta book a Real Escape Game for you and your friends! We were thinking – what better way to celebrate your freedom after making it out of the Escape Room than hanging with us at Dee’s?? That’s right, we’ve partnered with Real Escape and want to give YOU the opportunity to win some awesome prizes and have some fun. We’ve even tried the game out ourselves, and trust us, you need to get in on this.

Not familiar with Real Escape? Not a problem. Real Escape Game was originally developed in Japan, and is a live game where you will be trapped in a room and presented with a mysterious series of puzzles, codes, and challenges that must all be solved within 1 hour. If you solve the puzzles, you will get to the key that will let you out of the room. Think of it as a life-size video game, and you are the character inside of it.

That’s. Pretty. Awesome.

There are currently 2 Real Escape rooms, and more coming soon!

So what do we have to do with it? With every Real Escape Game you will receive 10% off anything at Sneaky Dee’s! All you have to do is present your game ticket to your server.

10% off some of these bad boys after an hour of mind games?

It’s a no-brainer.

But that ain’t everything.

Every month, we want to offer lucky winners with a FREE night out for 2 at Sneaky Dee’s! With every Real Escape Game, participants will be entered to win. Be sure to keep an eye out for more contests and prizes courtesy of Sneaky Dee’s and Real Escape!

Who will make it out of the room and into Dee’s first?

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#NXNE2015 at Sneaky Dee’s


We’re hitting NXNE 2015 running with showcases and good news up the yin yang!

Just like last year, we’ll have our festival Cheap Eats menu rolling with $5 menu items and $3 brews – and the drinks are pouring til 4AM all week (June 17-21). You read that right.

Facebook RSVP: www.facebook.com/events/1660351380863444

Check out the full line up below:
Wednesday, June 17
What’s Poppin’ – $5 or NXNE wristbands accepted
Toronto’s longest running weekly hip-hop night!

Thursday, June 18
The Agency Group Presents..
8pm – Jeremy Loops
9pm – Jesse Mac Cormack
10pm – Folly & The Hunter
11pm – Dreamers
12am – Grounders
1am – The Dead Projectionists
2am – Zoo Legacy
3am – VIRE

Friday, June 19
AB Co. Presents…
8pm – HighKicks
9pm – Elliot Maginot
10pm – Gursky
11pm – Ivory Hours
12am – WILLA MUSIC
1am – Midday Swim
2am – The Old Salts
3am – David Vertesi

Saturday, June 20
Beat Route Presents…
7pm – BRASS
8pm – The Dying Arts
9pm – Need
10pm – Bad Girls
11pm – SHaKe A TAiL (60’s pop and soul all night long) – $5 or NXNE wristbands accepted

All shows $12 or NXNE Wristbands accepted.