Ottawa's live music scene suffered a blow earlier this year when owners of legendary local venue Zaphod Beeblebrox announced plans to shutter the venue. Now, it appears a new establishment is set to open in its place.
A Facebook page shows that a venue named the 27 Club is set to take over Zaphod Beeblebrox's former location at 27 York St. in Ottawa's Byward Market. A listings email from local promoter Spectrasonic reveals that "Ottawa's newest music venue" will open this fall.
A run of shows has also been announced in celebration of the space's opening. Listings show that the Pharcyde will grace the stage on October 16 as part of their Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde 25th anniversary tour, while West Coast punk vets D.O.A. will perform on October 20.
The venue will also play host to Hey Ocean! on November 18, while Cold Specks will celebrate the release of her Fool's Paradise LP on December 2. Tickets for all shows are on sale Friday save for Hey Ocean!, which is on sale now.
Zaphod's staff announced the original venue's closure in May, citing "uncertain economic times" as being the driving factor in making "a decision that will affect so many lives." The venue shut its doors officially on May 14.
In its York Street incarnation, Zaphod's played host to artists such as Alanis Morissette, Brendan Canning, Nickelback, Rheostatics, Swervedriver, the Scenics, Robyn Hitchcock, Blackalicious and countless others over the years.