Toronto Club the Hoxton Announces Closure

BY Calum SlingerlandPublished Jan 13, 2017

In a week where Toronto has already seen a pair of live music venues close in Hugh's Room and Soybomb HQ, popular nightclub the Hoxton has announced it will be closing its doors at the end of January.

The announcement came through the venue's Facebook page this evening (January 12). The post also announced that concert promoter and venue co-owner Embrace will continue to book artists that would have suited the Hoxton at live music venues across the city such as CODA, the Velvet Underground, Maison Mercer and the Danforth Music Hall.

"Embrace and the Social Group announced today that after six great years, the Hoxton will be closing its doors at the end of the month," the post reads. "We would like to thank all the DJs & bands that have played at the Hoxton, our staff and of course the fans who came out and supported our events. We are excited for what this final month will bring and hope to see you all at the Hoxton one last time!"

NOW Magazine reports that Embrace and venue co-owner Richard Lambert (the Social Group) opted not to renew their five-year lease on the club space at the corner of King and Bathurst streets. NOW also reports that even though the ownership group had the option to renew their contract, the developer that owns the building has plans to eventually redevelop the site.

"When you can't do anything with the space – you can't renovate, you can't spend money – then you can't build a future," Lambert told NOW. "If you're not going to be there for more than a year or two, it's just not worth it."

Over the course of its six-year stay, the Hoxton was recognized as one of Toronto's most popular spaces for electronic music sets. A look at the farewell graphic above reveals the venue's stage has played host to the likes of Skrillex, Diplo, RL Grime, Nightmares on Wax, SBTRKT, Flume, Jon Hopkins, Zedd, UZ, Tokimonsta, Cashmere Cat, Lido, Skream, Kaytranada, Zeds Dead and more.

The Hoxton also hosted performances from a variety of touring bands and rappers such as Vic Mensa, Mobb Deep, Jamie Woon, DIIV, Skepta, Bun B, Kelis, Tycho, the Internet, Run the Jewels, BADBADNOTGOOD, Thundercat and more.

The club has scheduled a number of closing parties leading up to the closure, including a final weekend featuring Deorro and Hunter Siegel. Further details can be found here.

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