|269 Queen Street West
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ULTRASOUND SHOWBAR was a venue for live local music on Queen Street West from 1990 to 1996.
Located above the restaurant X-Rays at the corner of Queen and Duncan, just down the street from MuchMusic and the art-school hang-out Beverly Tavern, the intimate bar provided space for new singer-songwriters and bands to gig on the Queen Street strip.
Now-famous Canadian artists such as The Barenaked Ladies, Lowest of the Low, Ron Sexsmith, and the Rheostatics (whose Ultrasound residencies were dubbed "Green Sprouts Music Week") were regulars on the small Ultrasound stage, creating a new kind of urban roots/rock scene in the city. The concentration of talent was due in no small part to club booker Yvonne Matsell, whose keen ear also brought Ultrasound the first Toronto show by Jeff Buckley.
It closed suddenly on September 11, 1996. The building is now home to Civello, an upscale hair salon and spa.