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Alexis Baro Quartet

Every Friday and Saturday throughout the sizzling summer, the coolest place to be is the Home Smith Bar at the Old Mill Toronto where some of the most important instrumentalists on today’s jazz scene entertain in the charming intimacy of … Continue reading



Backyard Entertaining

With the flowers starting to protrude above the ground, and the sun shining just enough to go outside with out bundling up, summertime is just around the corner and it’s a great time to plan getting together with friends and … Continue reading



Jim Clayton Trio

  Every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, The Home Smith Bar is a showcase for some of the most important instrumentalists and outstanding singers on today’s jazz scene performing in the charming intimacy of one of Toronto’s best-loved lounges. Tonight, we … Continue reading



The History of the Old Mill

The Old Mill and the Valley in which it sits, have long been a part of Canadian Heritage. Centuries before the coming of the white man, the Huron Indians roamed the Humber Valley. In 1615 Samuel Champlain sent a young … Continue reading



The History of The Old Mill Toronto

As we round the mark leading to our Centennial Celebrations we thought it may be appropriate to share a little history on the Old Mill Toronto, a Toronto tradition since 1914. The Old Mill and the Valley in which it … Continue reading



Jazz Party

Where Great Jazz Lives! Every week, Leading Jazz Entertainers play Host and Stellar Musical Guests gather around the baby grand piano for a pre-weekend party in the charming intimacy of The Home Smith Bar…and Everyone’s Invited!! Venerable entertainment couple – … Continue reading



Exterior Photos

By the year 1928 Home Smith centralized the hub of his activities around the Old Mill with his next addition the administrative offices of “Home Smith and Company” later to be known as “Home Smith Properties.” The cottage was built … Continue reading



Centennial Celebrations

The Old Mill Toronto has a cherished motto, Vallis Humbria Angliae Pars Anglisa Procul which means, “In the valley of the Humber, a bit of England far from England”. The beautiful setting, charming atmosphere and impeccable service of the Old … Continue reading



A Salute to Big Bands

  A big band is a type of musical ensemble that originated in the United States and is associated with jazz and the Swing Era typically consisting of rhythm, brass, and woodwind instruments totalling approximately 12 to 25 musicians. Whew, glad we got that sorted out of the way. Jazz began in New Orleans … Continue reading



Ted Quinlan – Solo Guitar

  Where Great Jazz Lives!Every Friday and Saturday throughout the summer, more of the finest instrumentalists on today’s jazz landscape entertain in the up-close-and-personal intimacy of one of Toronto’s best-loved lounges! Tonight we showcase the versatility of Montreal-born, Berklee-educated, and … Continue reading