Saphire Tavern / Confederation Life Building - Historic Places Days

Saphire Tavern / Confederation Life Building

Toronto, Ontario
Historic Building
20 Richmond St E, Toronto, ON M5C 2R9, Canada
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In 1958, the Confederation Life Building became the home of the Saphire Tavern, a popular Jazz club in Downtown Toronto, first established in 1947. Of the many artists to perform at the Saphire included Jackie Shane, a prolific R&B singer and performer in the 1960s Toronto music scene. Today Jackie Shane is not only regarded as a musical pioneer, but also as a Queer icon for her outspoken pride in her identity as a black transgender woman. 




Heritage Toronto. “The Heart of Music City: Town Tavern and the Saphire.” Heritage Toronto,

McIntosh, Andrew. “Jackie Shane.” The Canadian Encyclopedia, last modified November 2, 2022,

YZO. “The Saphire Tavern.” Queerstory,

This listing was created by Audrey Gray on May 24, 2023.  Please confirm details at the site’s own website before planning your visit. Are you the owner/operator of this historic place? Would you like to make changes to this listing? Please contact us at


20 Richmond St E, Toronto, ON M5C 2R9, Canada
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