Live music venues folding under pressure make for downbeat start to year

first_imgAdvertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Login/Register With: Facebook In the first two weeks of January, Toronto music venues seemed to be dropping like flies.First there was the announced insolvency of favourite folk hangout Hugh’s Room and the DIY punk venue Soybomb HQ, and then last week, dance club and indie band venue The Hoxton announced that it’s closing its doors at the end of January.While the overall impression is that the 2017 Toronto live music scene is hurting due to dwindling attendance and interest, the reasons behind each venue’s closure seems to be more complicated than simply attributing them to audience apathy. Twitter Advertisement For example, businessman Richard Lambert, who co-owns the Hoxton with Toronto concert promotion firm Embrace and has hosted a wide variety of acts, DJs and after-parties ranging from The Chainsmokers to Skrillex to Zedd at the 627-capacity venue over the past five years, said that it wasn’t financial considerations that resulted in its closure.last_img

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