Published Apr 24, 2019No strangers to hosting performances in its College Street shop, Toronto's June Records is now gearing up to open a dedicated performance space within the store.
As NOW reports, the shop will open a 500-square-foot speakeasy-style venue dubbed "June Space" in a part of the store previously used for office space and merchandising. Equipped with a custom-built sound system, the space will be able to host 30 to 40 concertgoers and will also feature a beverage station that can double as a bar for licensed Special Occasion Permit events.
"It's a little stressful. We don't know if it's going to make the space feel too dense or too overwhelming," shop owner Ian Cheung told NOW. "But it's a risk we're willing to take."
Cheung cited the recent closure of punk venue and record store Faith/Void as a determining factor in opening June Space, expressing the desire to host workshops, education sessions, independent film screenings further pop-up events alongside live music performances. He hopes to host events during daytime, early evening and late-night hours, shutting down the shop when events run past business hours.
While June Space will be soft-launched with a private party this weekend, the space will officially open to the public in the month of June.
"For the morale of the city and the community, I think these things add up," Cheung said of the opening. "The more people you have doing things like this, the more distribution of wealth there is culturally."