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Owners of the Phoenix Concert Theatre: “We’re not going anywhere.”

The Phoenix Concert Theatre at 410 Sherbourne Street has been around for about 70 years, starting as a German dance hall before morphing into a modern music venue that’s hosted dance nights, special events, and untold concerts. There has, however, been some questions about its future thanks to articles like this.

A developer has filed a proposal to build a 39-storey condo tower on the site of the Phoenix and the adjacent medical building. Given that the club is already in a residential area ripe from gentrification, you can see why many would give this story creedence.

However, we have this from FYIMusicNews:

Lisa Zbitnew, president and co-owner of Toronto’s Phoenix Concert Theatre, says the long-standing venue is not going anywhere, despite a story on the Daily Hive site with the headline: 39-storey Toronto condo tower to replace 70-year-old concert theatre. “Development of this building has been talked about since we took over The Phoenix 8 years ago,” she emailed FYI. “We have just opened to full capacity after being restricted for over 20 months. Our focus is on getting things reopened and running, not the long-term potential of development, which is happening everywhere in the City. It’s business as usual at The Phoenix!” (Karen Bliss)

Whew. Good to know. Stand down from Defcon One.

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