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Live Na­tion wants to turn Cham­pi­ons Green­wood into live venue

Toronto has a short­age of mid-sized con­cert theatres, but that could change if the city ap­proves Live Na­tion’s re­quest to turn an east-end off­track bet­ting fa­cil­ity into a live per­for­mance venue.

In May, the con­cert pro­moter filed a devel­op­ment ap­pli­ca­tion with the city to ren­o­vate two-thirds of the ex­ist­ing theatre in­side Cham­pi­ons Green­wood at 1661 Queen East and turn it into a 2,700-ca­pac­ity en­ter­tain­ment venue. (Its cur­rent ca­pac­ity is 2,500 peo­ple.)

The pro­posal in­cludes build­ing a sec­ond-floor mez­za­nine, and Live Na­tion ex­pects to host 150 live per­for­mances a year.

The ap­pli­ca­tion notes that the venue is ideal be­cause it’s lo­cated in a mixed-use neigh­bour­hood, on a main street, ac­ces­si­ble by public tran­sit and “sub­stan­tially sep­a­rated from nearby res­i­den­tial ar­eas.”

A new mid-range con­cert theatre would likely en­cour­age pro­mot­ers to book acts that might oth­er­wise skip Toronto. The city’s other seated con­cert theatre op­tions are good ones, but the Sony Cen­tre at 3,100-ca­pac­ity is too big for many artists, while his­toric Massey Hall – un­der­go­ing a sev­enyear, $135 mil­lion reno – might be too pricey to book for oth­ers.

Peaches, Sloan mem­bers to play Po­laris Her­itage prize show

Peaches, Sloan’s Chris Murphy and Jay Fer­gu­son, Tanika Charles, the Weather Sta­tion, Amelia Cur­ran and Michelle McA­dorey are on the lineup for the in­au­gu­ral Po­laris Her­itage Prize con­cert. The show takes place on Wed­nes­day (Au­gust 3, 8 pm) at the Great Hall and will be hosted by CBC Ra­dio 2 host Rich Ter­fry, aka Buck 65. The award, which was an­nounced last year, is es­sen­tially the Po­laris Prize’s ver­sion of a hall of fame and hon­ours clas­sic Cana­dian al­bums from the past five decades. This year’s win­ners are Joni Mitchell’s Blue (60s and 70s), the Cowboy Junkies’ The Trin­ity Ses­sion (80s), Sloan’s Twice Re­moved (90s) and Peaches’ The Teaches Of Peaches (00s). The per­form­ers will be ac­com­pa­nied by Massey Hall’s 15-piece al­ter­na­tive big band. Tick­ets are $25 at massey­hall.com. Peaches will also per­form at Massey Hall the fol­low­ing night at 8 pm with the Hid­den Cam­eras as part of the Live At Massey Hall con­cert se­ries. Tick­ets are $18.94-$29.50 via massey­hall.com. po­lar­is­mu­sicprize.ca/her­itage-prize.

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