The front of the Silver Dollar Room at College and Spadina Ave.

Silver Dollar Room receives heritage protection

Venue to close for renovations in May, re-open after

A city councillor has some good news for the Toronto music scene.

Councillor Joe Cressy announced Tuesday the Silver Dollar Room on Spadina Avenue will close on May 1 for renovations, but will later open under heritage protection.

The legendary venue  announced last week it would be closing in the spring. The property was to be rebuilt as student housing.

“The city fought to ensure that the Silver Dollar Room, with its heritage protections on the performance space, stage and iconic sign, among other features, would be conserved,” Cressy said in an open letter published by the Toronto Star. “While the venue will close during construction, it will reopen afterwards.”

Toronto music fans have already suffered a series of losses this year. These include the closures of The Hoxton, Soy Bomb, and The Central.

“We are losing too many live music venues in Toronto,” Cressy said. “However, the Silver Dollar Room is an example of the city taking action to save one. The Silver Dollar Room is a historic space for music lovers all over.”

With the El Mocambo Tavern also set to reopen later this year, it appears that Spadina Avenue will soon find its rhythm again.