The Kee to Bala: 75 Years of Epic Concerts in Ontario’s Cottage Country

“The Kee stands alone among great venues. It has everything: superb sight lines, naturally warm acoustics, a beautiful lake beside it and – most important – a killer audience!” ~David Wilcox

Muskoka is home to many of Ontario’s best summer traditions, but none can lay more claim to being a rite of passage than a night out at the iconic Kee to Bala.

The Kee at 75Your first steps over the threshold into the rustic music hall on the shores of Lake Muskoka will introduce you to some of the best live music performances you’ll ever hear and, for years to come, some of the best stories you’ll ever tell.

Fact is, mention to anyone whose ever been to a concert at The Kee that this venerable establishment is celebrating its 75th season in 2016, and you won’t get away without hearing about a “legendary” adventure here.

“We’re proud to be part of the long list of entertainers who have performed at this glorious dance hall over the last 75 years. The Kee to Bala is truly one of a kind” ~Blue Rodeo

Great music venues start with great concerts, and The Kee to Bala sets the benchmark high with hundreds of outstanding performances over the decades. Artists who have graced its stage are an eclectic bunch, including Snoop Dogg, Drake, the Tragically Hip, Blue Rodeo, April Wine, Rush, Sum 41, Triumph, Cypress Hill, The Arkells, David Wilcox, Kim Mitchell and 54 40 (not to mention Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong, back in the day).

David-Wilcox-at-the-Kee-to-Bala-865x480Originally a dance hall called Dunn’s Pavilion (“where Muskoka comes to dance“), The Kee continues to draw buzzing crowds from July through to September to the shores of Bala Bay. This summer’s line-up is no exception, with George Thorogood & the Destroyers, Tim Hicks, The Sheepdogs, David Wilcox, Matthew Good, Kim Mitchell and Sam Roberts Band scheduled to appear.  

Before we ever played there we heard stories about what a legendary place it was. We’ve now had the pleasure of playing The Kee five times and understand what makes it so special.”
~The Arkells

With an elevated stage, ground floor and two viewing levels, concert-goers have a bird’s eye view of the musicians from anywhere in the hall. The acoustics are unbeatable, the patio on the bay provides relief when the dancing gets too hot (and a moment under the stars), you can boat up from anywhere on Lake Muskoka, and the beer is cold.  It’s not an understatement to say that for 75 years, music fans have discovered nothing better on a hot summer’s night in Ontario’s cottage country.

sam roberts band

If you’ve never been, make this the season you grab your crew and head to a concert at The Kee to Bala – just two hours north of Toronto. Join thousands of music aficionados who’ve made this historic concert hall a part of their unforgettable Muskoka traditions.

IF YOU GO: Muskoka is one of the most popular destinations in Canada in summer, so do book your accommodations early. While in Bala, be sure to take in more great attractions like Johnston’s Cranberry Marsh and the Muskoka Lakes Winery, give waterskiing at Bush’s Watersports Park a try or cable wake boarding at What Wake Park, and enjoy dining at the Bala Bay Inn or the Moon River Lookout.

For more information on The Kee to Bala (including concert and event listings, as well as info on booking a wedding), click here.  

For more information on where to stay, other things to do, and where to eat in the Bala area, click here

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