(By: Angela McLean)
Sad news for the Toronto music scene: beloved nightclub and concert space The Hoxton will be closing its doors at the end of January.
The popular venue, located at the corner of King and Bathurst, confirmed the news in a statement posted to Facebook Jan. 12.
Since opening six years ago, The Hoxton has played host to a wide range of talent for shows and after parties, even welcoming major special guests like Kanye West, Drake and Snoop Dogg. In the process, it became a favourite for some of EDM’s best including Disclosure and Dillon Francis, who took to Twitter to express his disappointment about the closure.
To keep “the spirit of The Hoxton alive,” the final month of shows will include sets from some of the venue’s staple acts, including Joyryde (Jan. 20), Autoerotique (Jan. 21), and Hunter Siegel (Jan. 28) with his Hoxton-born No Neon event series.
The Facebook statement reassures fans that Embrace, a Toronto-based concert promotion company and co-owner of the club, “will continue to showcase the same quality of cutting-edge artists” at Coda, Maison Mercer, the revitalized Velvet Underground, and The Danforth Music Hall. In fact, bookings have been shifting over to these spaces over the past few months, which had prompted some to speculate that The Hoxton’s days were numbered.
As for what’s to come of the site, NOW Magazine reports that Embrace and other co-owner Richard Lambert of The Social Group chose not to renew their five-year lease and the developer that owns the building plans to “redevelop eventually.”
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(All photos courtesy of The Hoxton)