This past year has been rough when it comes to the loss of places for musicians to play in Toronto. The situation isn’t as dire as we seen in Vancouver (Toronto was lucky to see a resurrection of Hugh’s Place), but the city could use some good news when it comes to venues. And here it is.
As rumours said earlier this year Live Nation is now definitely going ahead with the opening of a new mid-sized venue on the site of an off-track betting facility at 1661 Queen Street West. All the paperwork has been completed with the city, so now it’s just a matter of time before construction can begin.
The still unnamed venue will have a capacity of about 2,700 (about the size of Massey Hall) and will reportedly host up to 150 shows a year. It’s on a 24-hour streetcar line and just a short hop east of the downtown core. The projected opening will be in October 2018.
Toronto desperately needs a mid-sized venue like this, especially with Massey Hall going offline for renovations at the end of June 2018.