Yorkville mu­sic shop sells build­ing for $25 mil

Leg­endary Re­menyi House, pur­veyor to city’s top mu­si­cians, will find new tem­po­rary digs

Annex Post - - NEWS - by Ge­orge Redak

Re­menyi House of Mu­sic, the beloved Yorkville pi­ano and mu­sic shop, sold its iconic black and white build­ing to Tribute Com­mu­ni­ties for $25 mil­lion this past spring. Now, the de­vel­oper has sub­mit­ted a pro­posal for a 29-storey condo build­ing with 42 res­i­den­tial units and ground floor re­tail.

Ac­cord­ing to Michael Re­menyi Jr., the gen­eral man­ager of the store, it will take up to five years for the devel­op­ment to be com­pleted. An agree­ment be­tween the store and Tribute en­sures that Re­menyi will re­open in the re­tail space of the fu­ture build­ing, but dur­ing devel­op­ment it will have to seek out a new home.

Lo­cated di­rectly across the street from the Royal Con­ser­va­tory of Mu­sic, Re­menyi House of Mu­sic has been at 210 Bloor St. W. since 1979. What was then a desti­na­tion for hip­pie cul­ture has turned into an arts and cul­tural haven. Not only is the Con­ser­va­tory a stone’s throw away — so, too, is the Royal On­tario Mu­seum.

“Noth­ing will re­place Bloor Street,” said Re­menyi, “es­pe­cially this lo­ca­tion and its prox­im­ity to the arts com­mu­nity.

“The plan for Re­menyi House of Mu­sic mov­ing for­ward is to still con­tinue this op­er­a­tion,” he con­tin­ued. “We have some time be­fore we have to leave the build­ing, so there is no im­me­di­ate rush at the mo­ment.”

Re­menyi House of Mu­sic has served top-tier mu­si­cians since its open­ing, in­clud­ing mem­bers of the Toronto Sym­phony Or­ches­tra and other in­ter­na­tional or­ches­tras that have played in Toronto.

“We give our cus­tomers a cer­tain level of pri­vacy for shop­ping with us, and there have been many no­table names,” said Re­menyi. “One that I don’t mind say­ing is Os­car Peter­son.”

The his­tory of the mu­sic store can be traced four gen­er­a­tions back to the 19th cen­tury. The first Re­menyi House of Mu­sic opened in 1890 in

Noth­ing will re­place Bloor, es­pe­cially this lo­ca­tion and arts com­mu­nity.”

Bu­dapest, Hun­gary. The fam­ily and the store sur­vived through two world wars, but once the Com­mu­nist regime took hold in Hun­gary in 1951, all of the shop’s in­ven­tory was con­fis­cated. In 1959, founder Zoltan Re­menyi and his fam­ily fled Hun­gary and came to Canada.

“I think that this [devel­op­ment] is the cat­a­lyst for an ex­pan­sion, pos­si­bly to open an­other lo­ca­tion,” said Re­menyi. “Now that we have to start con­sid­er­ing an­other lo­ca­tion in Toronto, it re­ally opens up quite a bit for us.”

The Re­menyi House of Mu­sic build­ing on Bloor Street

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