Kensington Market karaoke bar and live music venue The Boat has closed

After 44 years

Kensington Market Portuguese restaurant, karaoke bar, live music venue, and event space The Boat has closed its doors.

The venue, which has been open since 1976, announced its closure on November 23rd. “It is with extreme sadness that we are saying goodbye to this amazing community,” The Boat wrote on Facebook. “Like so many other venues before us, we had done our best to survive this pandemic. We had the best landlord that worked with us through these unforeseen times; but we are unsure what the future will bring for this industry.”

“We hope that everyone stays safe and stays positive,” The Boat continued. “We hope to see all of you again. Wherever, whenever that might be.”

Read the statement in full below.