It’s been a hell of a year so far for Toronto’s music venues, and it just keeps getting worse. The latest victim? After nearly sixty years underneath the Waverly Hotel, the Silver Dollar Room appears to be closing its doors.
In an event page for the venue’s good-bye party, the promoter shared the news of its closing:
Due to some more foul planning moves on the part of the City of Toronto, as we understand it, The Silver Dollar Room is closing in May. We won’t be around in April for the other goodbye shows, but wanted to say goodbye to this legendary venue that has definitely served us well (and under age ahahahha) over the years.
In the past few years, city officials suggested the venue become protected as a Heritage Building, but that does not seem likely. It’s a sad day for both young Toronto musicians and the older generations, who’ve seen the venue make a lasting impact on the city’s rock, jazz, and blues scenes.
The Silver Dollar’s long time promoter and local legend, Dan Burke told Indie88 “there’s still plenty of time left to work with all my pals.” Adding on the venue’s closure, “[It’s] gonna be like the Alamo, — go down with guns blazing!”
Toronto has lost many beloved venues over the past couple months including Soybomb, The Hideout, the Central, and Hugh’s Room.
Born Ruffians shared their thoughts and favourite memories about The Silver Dollar Room in our RUFF RUFF RUFF doc. Watch below:
Image courtesy The Silver Dollar Room via Facebook.