More sad news for music lovers in this city, as The Silver Dollar Room will be officially closing on May 1.
It was no secret there were plans to redevelop the building at the northwest corner of Spadina Avenue and College Street West, which includes the 117-year-old Waverly Hotel and the Comfort Zone nightclub. Plans for demolition were stalled two years ago, when The Silver Dollar Room was designated as a site of cultural importance by the City of Toronto. However, the property is now slated to become highrise rental housing for students. Promoter Dan Burke was told to not book any new acts past May 1, and figures to be out of work by that point.
This year has been off to a grim start if you’re a fan of live music. In addition to news on The Silver Dollar Room, Hugh’s Room, The Hoxton, and Soybomb HQ all announced closures. Hugh’s Room, however, hopes to reopen in the future.
The 250-person-capacity room has been open since 1958, and originally was a cocktail parlour. It has hosted thousands of musical acts, including the likes of Bob Dylan, Barenaked Ladies, and Blue Rodeo. In recent times, it has been more of a hub for independent acts looking to gain exposure to their music.
Although the whole property is planned to become student housing, it remains to be seen what will be maintained from the original club. Regardless, if there’s any hope to maintain a music scene in Toronto, small clubs like the Silver Dollar Room need to be saved.