When Hugh’s Room announced its closure in January, it appeared to be another loss for the Toronto music scene. With the demise of venues like Soybomb, The Hoxton, The Central and the soon-to-be-lost Silver Dollar Room, many are questioning the stability of the local scene.
Now, it seems all hope may not be lost. Hugh’s Room, the beloved music venue that had been alive for over 15 years, is being reborn. A team of volunteers and music lovers alike have taken over the Hugh’s Room brand, and are currently revamping the venue as a not-for-profit Hugh’s Room Live.
Thank you to supporters of live music who have raised < $113,400 as of April 7> for the Hugh's Room Live campaign.
The CBC reports that over $113,000 has already been donated to the cause. Local musician and guitar maker Grit Laskin is the organizer of the group responsible for the new Hugh’s Room, and he explains the new venue will host music that includes folk, blues, and Celtic. The idea behind Hugh’s Room Live is to create a community space that fosters music while also serving as a venue that can be used by other organizations.
The first concert will kick off on April 22 with musician Connie Kaldor.
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