Toronto club- and concert-goers are familiar with the complex on Polson Street in the portlands now known as Rebel. In its previous incarnations as The Docks and Sound Academy, owners have had to deal with noise complaints from neighbours on the Toronto islands and others. But they ain’t seen nothin’ yet.
The CBC reports that Rebel has plans to become the world’s largest nightclub with a proposed official capacity of 15,000 people.
That’s not a type. Fifteen. Thousand. People. At once.
Powerhouse Corp, owners of Rebel, have filed an application with the city that asks for an indoor capacity of 7,584 and space for another 7,971 on the patios. Currently, the club can legally accommodate 3,163 inside and 2,510 outside. The application will go before the province’s Alcohol and Gaming Commission on February 9.
Residents and other businesses in the area are understandably concerned about more than just noise. Policing. Traffic. Parking. Transit. Security. People are also pointing out that the complex in in the midst of an area slated for massive redevelopment, including residential. This could get weird.