Toronto’s Top 15 Lost Concert Venues

The Big Bop, The Gasworks, the Masonic Temple–these are all Toronto music venues that have disappeared.  BlogTO rekindles some memories.  Too bad they missed Rock’n’Roll Heaven at Bay and Bloor.

Lost music venues in Toronto serve as a reminder that when it comes nightlife in this city, the only constant is change. Just as a cool new concert venue opens up somewhere in the city, there’s another venerable music institution shuttering its doors across town.

With the Guvernment Entertainment Complex – the longest-running club currently in Toronto –announcing its impending end for early next year, it’s clearer than ever that no amount of seniority or success in the scene can keep any of our beloved establishments safe. [Insert snide comment aboutcondos here.]

After seeing the lively discussion generated from our post on the top heavy music venues in Toronto, we got to thinking about some of our favourite spots of yesteryear – the ones that defined a cultural movement, hosted iconic musicians or could’ve just been great if they were given a fair chance to build a clientele.

Here are 15 of our favourite defunct Toronto venues. R.I.P.

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Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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