UPDATE: July 28
A proposal to turn part of the off-track betting location in the Beaches into a concert venue has been approved by the city.
An approval has been greanted for re-zoning of the site, which would give the green light forthe venue to go-ahead once the site plan is approved and a building permit is issued.
The proposal for the venue includes 150 shows per year for up to 2,700 fans, which means some big acts could make their way to this end of town.
ORIGINAL REPORT: July 19
Toronto's east end could be getting a huge live event venue
Toronto's east end isn't know for being the liveliest part of town by way of concerts and live performances. Sure, we've got great shows that come through at the Opera House and Danforth Music Hall, but it's still pretty quiet compared to the sheer number of live music venues in the west end.
That could soon change. A development application submitted by entertainment kingpin Live Nation to the City of Toronto lays out plans for a live event venue being proposed at the Champions Greenwood off-track betting location in the Beaches.
The proposal calls for interior alterations to renovate about two thirds of the existing teletheatre for the purpose of a theatre for live performances, including a new partial second floor addition of about 407 square metres.
The application states the space would have a capacity of 2,700 and host about 150 live shows a year.
What's not to like here? A live music venue would provide additional cultural space within the neighbourhood, and serve to galvanize this stretch of Queen as an entertainment zone with Woodbine Park and the cinemas nearby. The location has good access to public transit, being on the Queen streetcar line, and is already substantially separated from nearby residential areas.
Plus, there won't be a gaggle of crusty, curmudgeons smoking butts on the sidewalk in front of the building at all hours of the day and night.
Sounds like a win to us.