The Orbit Room

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The Orbit Room
Orbit Room.jpg
Entrance to the Orbit Room
Address 580-A College Street (Upstairs)
Location Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Coordinates 43°39′20″N 79°24′47″W / 43.65544°N 79.413151°W / 43.65544; -79.413151Coordinates: 43°39′20″N 79°24′47″W / 43.65544°N 79.413151°W / 43.65544; -79.413151
Owner Alex Lifeson, Tim Notter
Type Bar
Seating type Reserved seating (10+)
Opened October 1994
Venue website

The Orbit Room is a Toronto bar owned by Rush lead guitarist Alex Lifeson and Tim Notter. The restaurant is managed by Tim Wilson. The venue is decorated in the style of a 1950s New York City cocktail lounge, and plays host to many different kinds of live music; particularly R&B, funk, and jazz. It is located at 580-A College Street, within Toronto's "Little Italy" district, accessible by streetcar. There is street parking. They serve some food; more on certain nights of the week.

The Orbit Room began in November 1994. The original house band, The Dexters, played classic R&B Thursday through Saturdays, then Fridays and Saturdays, and finally just Saturdays. The Dexters are Lou Pomanti (Hammond B-3), Bernie LaBarge (guitar, vocals), Peter Cardinali (bass), and Mark Kelso (drums). They played at the club for ten years, until their semi-retirement in 2004.

Blues, alternative rock, reggae, soul, and/or R & B can be heard live 7 nights a week. On any given night, local musicians and Canadian celebrities are often present.

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