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.