Live Music Venue Proposed For Toronto's East End


TORONTO (CelebrityAccess)–A concert venue that would fit 2,700 music fans and host 150 shows a year is being proposed for 1661 Queen Street East, near Woodbine Park.

While Queen Street West was recently crowned the second coolest neighborhood in the world by Vogue, the east end is sometimes regarded as its poorer cousin, at least as far as nightlife goes.

But a new addition to the neighborhood could help shake that reputation.

A concert venue that would fit 2,700 music fans and host 150 shows a year is being proposed for 1661 Queen Street East, near Woodbine Park.

While Queen Street West was recently crowned the second coolest neighborhood in the world by Vogue, the east end is sometimes regarded as its poorer cousin, at least as far as nightlife goes.

A concert venue that would fit 2,700 music fans and host 150 shows a year is being proposed for 1661 Queen Street East, near Woodbine Park.

“The east is a little sleepier let’s just say, and we’re happy to liven up the east end,” said Coun. Mary-Margaret McMahon, who supports the possible venue.

EMM Financial Corp. has already submitted a development proposal to the city. McMahon said they go to the committee of adjustment next week to have the property rezoned for entertainment.

EMM did not respond immediately to requests for comment.

Brad Daniels of the Leslieville Business Improvement Area, said the BIA isn’t taking a position on the proposal since it doesn’t fall within their boundaries, but he personally would love to see another music venue in the neighborhood.

Resident Desmond Brown, on the other hand, said he’s already fed up with loud concerts in nearby Woodbine Park.

“To think that now we’re going to get something like this being built on Queen Street and have it all year round, I’m totally against it,” he said.

Realtor Linda Ing-Gilbert said with more young families moving east in search of affordable homes, there are more incentives for developers to build cultural amenities.

“You see developers or people building theatres, they sort of follow the sugar trail,” she said. –Staff Writers/ May Warren, Toronto Metro News