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We are and always have been, exhilarated by the sheer breadth and history of music, and by its ability to transport people across time, memory, space and emotion. Every song is an opportunity to try on another world. Every collection of songs a unique dialogue of identity. read more

We create sonic platforms for human encounters, harnessing music’s ability to transform the spaces we inhabit and draw us closer together.

Whether we’re forging soundtracks to give voice to a brand, working with architects to design a perfectly balanced sound environment, or producing a live performance of startling power, we draw on our deep knowledge and passion for music to take people on unexpected journeys, the kind that will stay with them long after the experience is over. read less

Bar Isabel

1/9

The Globe and Mail: “A Spanish gem that will make you cut a rug”

“The rumba music is the first sign that something’s different: the soaring clarinet solos, the pulsing bongo beats, the 1950s power brass my grandparents might have danced to…you admire and loosen clothing and laugh here, loudly. You order that second bottle, think about dancing to the rumba music, and you think it’s weird that you want to dance to rumba music, and you keep thinking about it anyway. It’s the sort of restaurant that people fall in love with…give in and dance outside on the sidewalk as you leave as I saw one couple do late one evening. Why shouldn’t they? There’s a new great restaurant in town.”

Chris Nuttall-Smith, Critic / Judge Top Chef Canada

Bar Raval

2/9

#1 Canada's 50 Best Bars 2019

“After the great collaboration we had making Bar Isabel such a distinctive experience, The Playlist Co. helped us reach another level with Bar Raval, a project that would be even more intimate as it would have almost no seating and be focused on cocktails and tapas. They built an awesome sound system into our challenging architecture and designed six playlists that help us stand out and get compliments all the time. They even wrote up descriptions of our playlists for our website and helped us film a making-of video series on the construction of this ambitious project. Can’t recommend them enough.”

Grant van Gameren, Chef / Co-Owner

Alo

3/9

#1 Canada's 100 Best Restaurants 2019 (canadas100best.com)

“We consulted with The Playlist Co. very early in our design process and had them collaborate with our team in many different aspects. They influenced our architecture, various technology systems, and ultimately the music and sound we wanted our clientele to enjoy. Their passion and attention to detail is something we really appreciate.”

Patrick Kriss, Chef / Owner

Oliver & Bonacini

4/9

Hospitality Group with 29 properties across Canada

“O&B has a growing and diverse portfolio of restaurants with many unique concepts. For many years The Playlist Co. has curated distinctive playlists which reflect the specific vision of each of our locations. Their team works with the leaders of each restaurant on an ongoing basis to ensure that the music remains relevant and on brand. O&B also utilizes The Playlist Co. for sound system design and installation in new locations, as well as retrofitting and repair of legacy systems. They have proven to be efficient and responsive in their work, and the final product consistently exceeds expectations. We look forward to working with The Playlist Co. for years to come. ”

Cliff Snell, Director of Business Operations

King Street Food Company

5/9

Hospitality Group with 9 properties in Toronto

“One of my greatest pleasures in managing our various restaurants is having the opportunity to collaborate with The Playlist Co..  Their ability to create authentic soundtracks that receive generous compliments from customers and staff alike is very valuable.  Their knowledge and passion provide my company with everything we need to push the boundaries with our entertainment as we do with our food, service, and design.  Truly a wonderful resource for anyone in the hospitality industry.”

Peter Tsebelis, Managing Director

Equal Parts

6/9

Hospitality Group with 3 properties in Hamilton

“I have been working with this team for over a decade now and they have never disappointed. They hit the mark on not only the music they curate, but service they provide, the insight for sound systems, and the overall ethos of how curated entertainment impacts our business. I have involved them in many personal and business projects over the years and value their extensive knowledge and passion. ”

Jerrett Young, CEO / Co-Owner

Giulietta

7/9

#9 Canada's 100 Best Restaurants 2019

“We worked closely with The Playlist Co. from the beginning of the construction process, and they helped us design acoustic panelling into our dining room. The impact of the panelling on the guest experience cannot be overstated - we are constantly hearing from our guests what a rare pleasure it is to dine in a restaurant that has an energetic and lively atmosphere, while still being able to carry on a conversation. They helped us select and install a sound system that met all of our needs, and we continue to work with them as a playlist provider.”

Toni Weber, General Manager

Il Covo

8/9

#64 Canada's 100 Best Restaurants 2019

“We wanted our music to be rooted in Italy, but in an untraditional way. The Playlist Co. proposed doing a lot of research into Italian folk music, Italian library jazz, and even Spaghetti Western soundtracks to be able to piece our soundtracks together in a way that reflected the Italian folk hero that inspired our name. We love the result.”

Ryan Campbell, Chef / Co-Owner

Sassafraz

9/9

Toronto Fine Dining Icon, operating since the 1960s

“The Playlist Co.’s approach to music design and management is what the restaurant business needs. They are very professional, and their playlists are without equal. It is a pleasure to be able to communicate my vision and have them turn it into music.”

Zoran Kocovski, Owner

SB

Sonic Branding

The more senses a brand engages, the more indelible its connection to its audience. With our strategic analysis we work with clients to create a distinctive musical voice for their brand that reflects its values and objectives in a multiplicity of experiences.

CP

Custom Playlists

Playlists are powerful platforms that can help tell unforgettable brand narratives. We draw on our extensive knowledge of music to design custom playlists that express the soul of the brand and expand it, forging surprising dialogues between genres and eras to move people.

AV

Audio-Video Design

We design high quality commercial systems for a wide variety of contexts, from small bars to large hotels. Our design philosophy is to achieve simplicity in operation, value in investment, and maximum emotional impact.

AC

Acoustic Consulting

When architecture and sound are aligned, the result is a more powerful brand experience. We collaborate with architects early in the design process to ensure that interior designs provide the utility that the brand experience demands.

MS

Music Systems

We form relationships with leading innovators in music management and licensing so that clients have access to the best solutions. We advise platforms based on client’s needs and control all aspects of implementation for easy management.

LE

Live Entertainment

We maintain an extensive roster of musicians and DJs, serious professionals known for their history of giving electrifying performances. We also provide mobile sound system design and management.

Fine Dining

Casual Dining + Bar

  • Ascari Enoteca
  • Baton Rouge
  • Canteen
  • Chuuk
  • The Diplomat
  • El Rey Mezcal Bar
  • General Assembly
  • Grand Electric
  • The Green Wood
  • The Guild
  • Gusto 101
  • Harry’s Charbroiled
  • Jack Astor's
  • Jamie’s Italian
  • Mercatto
  • Oliver & Bonacini Cafe & Grills
  • Oretta
  • Pai
  • Parcheggio
  • Pizzeria Libretto
  • Portland Variety
  • Pretty Ugly
  • Reds Restaurants
  • Tabule
  • Tennessee Tavern
  • Yolanda’s Spuntino Casa

Hotel + Resort + Club

  • The Anndore House
  • The Broadview Hotel
  • Hotel Le Germain
  • Island Lake Resort
  • The Ritz Carlton
  • The Spoke Club
  • Verity

Brands

  • Bacardi
  • MAC Cosmetics

Events

  • Descarga
  • Evergreen Brickworks
  • Lucky Minx Social Club
  • NKPR
  • Pearle Hospitality
  • Terroir Symposium
  • Toronto Taste
  • Casual Dining + Bar

  • Ascari Enoteca
  • Baton Rouge
  • Canteen
  • Chuuk
  • The Diplomat
  • El Rey Mezcal Bar
  • General Assembly
  • Grand Electric
  • The Green Wood
  • The Guild
  • Gusto 101
  • Harry’s Charbroiled
  • Jack Astor's
  • Jamie’s Italian
  • Mercatto
  • Oliver & Bonacini Cafe & Grills
  • Oretta
  • Pai
  • Parcheggio
  • Pizzeria Libretto
  • Portland Variety
  • Pretty Ugly
  • Reds Restaurants
  • Tabule
  • Tennessee Tavern
  • Yolanda’s Spuntino Casa
  • Hotel + Resort + Club

  • The Anndore House
  • The Broadview Hotel
  • Hotel Le Germain
  • Island Lake Resort
  • The Ritz Carlton
  • The Spoke Club
  • Verity
  • Brands

  • Bacardi
  • MAC Cosmetics
  • Events

  • Descarga
  • Evergreen Brickworks
  • Lucky Minx Social Club
  • NKPR
  • Pearle Hospitality
  • Terroir Symposium
  • Toronto Taste

Do Right! Music.

Label is owned by John Kong, a veteran dj / promoter / vinyl collector who hails from the acid jazz / rare groove scene in the 90s most famously represented by the likes of Gilles Peterson, Joey Negro, and Norman Jay. The Toronto based label was launched in 2002 and features many Canadian artists as well as artists from around the world. read more

Do Right! is great for the variety of acts it supports directly or indirectly, and particularly when it blurs the lines between soul / funk / jazz / rNb / electronic – a sensibility that is wonderful for all sorts of contexts. Enjoy our tour through its futuristic funk, silky jazz, and many other delightful curiosities. read less

Bar Raval

Snake Charmer . 1 of 6 Playlists

Bar Raval

Snake Charmer . 1 of 6 Playlists

A ghostly blend for movement to mystical places and figures few dare to visit and shake hands with. Predominantly African Groove, Latin Funk, Psychedelic Soul, and Funk instrumentals of a contemporary and raw nature. International component features deadly producers from Nigeria, Angola, Togo, Ghana, Guinea, Ethiopia, Benin, Congo, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Haiti, Trinidad and Tobago, Cuba, Peru, Colombia, France, Turkey, and Japan. Since “Snake Charmer” is heavy on the African vibe, it is balanced with a good variety of “local” Soul to even out the smoky ethnic taste in your mouth.

Buca

Virtuale . 1 of 4 Playlists

Buca

Virtuale . 1 of 4 Playlists

The sound of the world’s youth knocking on North American ears. A concept that showcases contemporary voices from Spain, France, Africa, Portugal, Italy and Latin America. Fancy some kuduro, psychedelic chicha, Italian hip hop or maybe some mestizo? It's all here, a mesmerizing journey of foreign expression with just a touch of the English language to keep all this tropical sass grounded. Celebrating kaleidoscopic variety that will make you forget you don't actually understand what they're saying as you revel in the universal language that is music.

Constantine

Purple Visions . 1 of 8 Playlists

Constantine

Purple Visions . 1 of 8 Playlists

Inspired by the provocative globe-trotting slate of exotica only a maverick like Paris based Radio Nova would dare to push. A concept that links new and old as it dances on fashion. There are no rules except every cut needs to have attitude, panache, drip glistening creativity and be uniquely genius. A deliberate leap from Ethiopian speak easy voodoo, wildly jagged Turkish groove, blunt minimal NY post punk, smouldering Saigon pop, outer worldly transmissions from the heart of Thailand, French strut, Brazilian audacity, African polyrhythmic science, and there's more…much more. Like an Iranian rug, meticulously stitched together to create a tightly knit tapestry of themes that shouldn't work but do so effortlessly.

Giulietta

Rocket Science . 1 of 3 Playlists

Giulietta

Rocket Science . 1 of 3 Playlists

Sometimes there are only a few select cues to develop a concept, in this case, a desire for rNb of a decidedly different stripe - something akin to the artist Sza. And so, Rocket Science became a journey into slow and moody head snap beats splashed across a stark canvas of contemporary underground rNb tap dancing across oceanic sheets of sound. A bold futuristic meditation crackling with the brass of youth perfectly balanced between edge and intoxicating accessibility.

Il Covo

La Torre Di Babele . 1 of 2 Playlists

Il Covo

La Torre Di Babele . 1 of 2 Playlists

Inspired by notorious desperado Ninco Nanco terrorizing southern Italy in the mid 1800s. La Torre Di Babele is an uncompromising leap into the technicolor world of classic Italian folk, Sergio Leone spaghetti westerns, raucous hard bossa, eccentric samba soul, and sass from the hip to be square swingin' 60s. A concept that revels in the excess and pastiche of the era and yet audaciously bubbles with surprise after surprise from the deep easy listening vaults of legends gone shockingly rogue.

La Banane

Keep It Up . 1 of 4 Playlists

La Banane

Keep It Up . 1 of 4 Playlists

The Sound of late 70s hedonism with knowing nods to David Mancuso, The Gallery, and The Paradise Garage. Picture that discreet New York loft party you may have imagined and the type of unknowable deep disco and rare groove pulse that seemed endless, captivating and hypnotic. A string of jewels you never seemed to find on any collections you vainly bought back in the day. This is the soul of Keep It Up - a quirky progression that pulls in all wallflowers and passives down the maw of this sweaty rollercoaster into the metronomic trance of 4/4 music. Brimming with rare gems crate diggers delight - a disco aficionado's manifesto.

Pearl Morrissette

Contact . 1 of 4 Playlists

Pearl Morrissette

Contact . 1 of 4 Playlists

A spell of alluring baubles conjuring the image of some avant-garde fashion show crossing psychedelia with modern way out. Contact wears its freak flag with seductive charm. It's the imaginary soundtrack to that delicious 60s Italian classic you've never seen till now. Would you expect less from a soundtrack that jumps from Brigitte Bardot to rare library jazz, one-off psych experiments by Brazilian pop stars to the suddenly perfect early Kinks obscurity? It sounds like a period piece but then again, it also sounds like a theme party on some colony deep in space in some future time and place.

Chuuk

La Fiesta De Negritos . 1 of 3 Playlists

Chuuk

La Fiesta De Negritos . 1 of 3 Playlists

A period piece harvesting from the more tropical and piquant sides of Latin America, zig zagging from Peru to Cuba along with multiple journeys into Colombia. This is the intoxicating blast of vintage 50s Latin big bands, jungle cumbia, and psychedelic Peruvian chicha grounded in the fusions of New York's golden era nu yorica giants. Willie Colon! Ray Barretto! Charlie Palmieri! They give all this an Anglo tilt though naturally a decidedly Spanglish vibe.

The Diplomat

Johnny Lucky . 1 of 4 Playlists

The Diplomat

Johnny Lucky . 1 of 4 Playlists

Rooted in those very 80s muscular basslines of bands like Gang Of Four, A Certain Ratio and ESG. In Johnny Lucky the thrust was to conjure up the spirit of early 80s punk funk and N.Y. no wave, not as a period piece per say, but more through the lens of contemporary underground indie stylists perfecting that daring Bowie sneer while spastically appropriating dance culture cues with little regard for rules - throwing shade on notions of cool. It's kooky, fun and jagged, and dares you to stand up and cut loose.

Parcheggio

Sixteen Tons . 1 of 6 Playlists

Parcheggio

Sixteen Tons . 1 of 6 Playlists

The soundtrack to red and white checkered tablecloths, wine wrapped in raffia, and doomed black and white mug shots of boxers both legends and locals who might have, could have, and should have...! It's the echo of that guilty pleasure old world Italian institution that remained stubbornly the same despite the times. It's Louis Prima’s Closer To The Bone (The Sweeter is The Meat) proudly in lockstep with perfectly sculpted and expertly brylcreemed ducktail rockabilly from the likes of Gene Vincent. It's hell yeah! Las Vegas era strutting Elvis Presley, medallion prancing Tom Jones, and of course we can't forget Frank, because what would a classic Italian eatery be without ol' blue eyes - it's beating heart.

Tennessee Tavern

Rattle Them Bones . 1 of 5 Playlists

Tennessee Tavern

Rattle Them Bones . 1 of 5 Playlists

The clattering of southern swamp string bands dancing with the devil way past fretting if they'll see mornin'. It's the stomp box and the churning groove of the stand-up bass freshly cut from a new generation with religion lodged in their throats. Top that off with a dash of unhinged mutant rockabilly and a cavalry of Balkan wild dogs to create the spell of deliverance.

The Anndore House

Lotus Flower . 1 of 8 Playlists

The Anndore House

Lotus Flower . 1 of 8 Playlists

For the very late and very early hours landscape an impressionistic mood piece flickering exotica from the past as well as arty expressions from the now. Crossing more than a dozen styles all obsessed with connecting the dots across culture and language - eclectic by design. African west coast ephemera sways into L.A. urban beats that fall into the hypnotic sway of classic bossa nova and the swell of classic Havana. Silky 70s rare groove also fills the frame before contemporary indie rNb takes the main spotlight away from modern cinematic jazz, Portuguese nu fado, and French chanson both new and old. This just the tip of the proverbial iceberg.

Descarga

. 1 of Playlists

Descarga

. 1 of Playlists

Summer concert series assembling many stars of Cuba’s music scene. The beating hearts of the Toronto Latin music community assembled with a wide array of Toronto’s finest DJs to fill the Ritz Carlton patio with nights of hedonistic soundscapes and the blast of electricity that comes with being in such close proximity to undeniable talent.