After 13 years, College and Bathurst (by way of Queen West) live music venue The Hideout is closing its doors. In a statement posted to the venue’s website, brothers Dan and Jimmy Good, and cousin Phil shared a message to announce The Hideout’s closure and thank their loyal clientele.
The trio cited the impact of the business being closed due to COVID-19 measures as the reason why they had to shutter operations.
“The Hideout has been a resilient business over the past 13 years, overcoming many difficult hurdles and challenges,” reads a portion of the statement. “We have been able to do this for one reason & one reason only; the love and support of our crew, our community and our regulars. Somehow YOU have always managed to keep the music alive. Unfortunately, this is different, it’s a crushing blow, the drums are broken, the guitars smashed and the amps are burning… there can be NO encore.”
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There’s just no way for us to Hideout A solemn goodbye for now The Hideout Toronto has been our HOME for 13 years. The Good Brothers and cousin Phil started this little rock n roll ‘dive’ bar on Queen St. way back in 2006, and when gentrification forced us from that location, we luckily found our new home on College. We have enjoyed the most incredible support, loyalty and friendship with our fantastic team of staff. We are, and always will be, eternally grateful for all your hard work and dedication over the years. THANK YOU ALL. You have always been the heartbeat of The Hideout and we will miss seeing your faces and working with you everyday. We wish you all the very best of luck and hope that someday we may re-unite forces and be able to work together again. The Soul of The Hideout has always come from the amazing and talented musicians we have been lucky enough to host. Their energy, excitement, enthusiasm and talent have filled our room with a positivity and vibrancy that is such a pleasure to be exposed to time and time again. Dancing, singing, swinging, drinking, partying, meeting new people, hugging old friends, kissing, courting, loving, supporting, crying and laughing, and doing it all with the ones you love!! All the things we have taken for granted over the years, the general ‘social nearing’ that we were accustomed to, was directly responsible for the feeling of comfort and safety that we all enjoyed. We miss these beautiful life gestures of love as we struggle through these unusual times. The Hideout has been a resilient business over the past 13 years, overcoming many difficult hurdles and challenges. We have been able to do this for one reason only; the love and support of our crew, our community and our regulars. Somehow YOU have always managed to keep the music alive. Unfortunately, this is a crushing blow, the drums are broken, the guitars smashed and the amps are burning… there can be NO encore. In honour of our dear departed brother Ted Good and in the words of Dr. Theodore (Ted) Seuss…. ‘Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened’ Cheers and cacaw from Dan, Jimmy, Phil, and our beloved Hideout crew.
The Hideout originally opened on Queen West in 2006. After the building was sold in 2017, the venue moved to College and Bathurst.
“The forced (and necessary) closure of bars and other non-essential business throughout the country has taken a toll on many, many lives and the long term effects are, and will be profound,” the statement continues. “We send our heartfelt thoughts and love and support to any and all small businesses in a similar boat to us right now, and to the entertainment industry and crews as a whole.”