Toronto Is Already Mourning the Potential Closing of Sneaky Dee's
A development proposal has marked the beloved venue for condos
Submitted September 4, the developer filing proposes a 13-storey mixed-use condo building that would take over the lot Sneaky Dee's currently sits on, with other establishments along College Street east of Bathurst Street.
It appears they're gonna tear down Sneaky Dee's for a condo, and gotta say, not a fan! https://t.co/qkmior4DwH— Noah Love (@noahlove) September 6, 2020
After the proposal made the rounds on social media, Torontonians began bracing themselves for the loss of another cultural landmark. Live music venues including the Hoxton, the Silver Dollar Room, Coalition and Hugh's Room have shuttered in recent years due to new developments or rising rent prices, while spaces including the Beaver, Orbit Room, and the Hideout have shuttered as a result of COVID-19 restrictions.
In a statement today [via CTV News Toronto], the City of Toronto writes, "Of note, the owner of this property has appealed the planning policy for this area, known as the College Street study. The College Street Study recommends a maximum height for buildings of 30 meters, which is significantly less than the 13 storeys requested in the development application."
Toronto Councillor Mike Layton acknowledged on Twitter that the city still has to review the application further, while also acknowledging moves made by Ontario's provincial government to the application process to favour developers.
"I've watched friends bands upstairs and eaten kings crown at brunch for as long as i can remember. We can't lose institutions like these," he tweeted. "There are many considerations, but first will be that the area has been under review as part of a Kensginton Market Heritage Conservation District coming to council in fall."
while i haven't seen any details of the proposal, we know it includes most of the block of buildings. There are many considerations, but first will be that the area has been under review as part of a Kensginton Market Heritage Conservation District coming to council in fall.— Mike Layton (@m_layton) September 6, 2020
this has been proposed by a developer, not the city. the city undertook a planning study across College, the developer appealed it and is not bringing an application which is permitted by the provincial Planning act for any property. it's up to city to now review the application— Mike Layton (@m_layton) September 6, 2020
the city does not have ultimate authority over development. The city administers approvals under the Planning Act (provincial legislation) and Heritage is subject to Heritage Act (also provincial). ultimately city decisions on both can be appealed.— Mike Layton (@m_layton) September 6, 2020
weigh Ford stacking the development application process to favour developers, it makes it even more difficult.— Mike Layton (@m_layton) September 6, 2020
Sneaky Dee's originally opened on Bloor Street, west of Bathurst, in 1987 before moving to its current location in 1990. The venue has played host to the likes of Feist, METZ, Doldrums, Title Fight, Yamantaka//Sonic Titan, the Flatliners, Gob, Oso Oso and many more, and is also featured in Bryan Lee O'Malley's Scott Pilgrim graphic novel series.
Hey, Toronto. If you're upset about Sneaky Dee's, please know that the city is doing the same thing to Rol San and Crews & Tangos. Marginalized communities are bearing the brunt of irresponsible development.— I had a marvellous time ruining everything. (@ChurchCarlton) September 6, 2020
Why tear down Sneaky Dee's when you can tear down El Furniture Warehouse?— Adrian Patterson (@Adrn_Pttrsn) September 6, 2020
Wish white folks in Toronto had the same energy for little Jamaica as they do for Sneaky Dee's right now 🙃— Minister of Digital Snobbery 😷 (@missladyniobe) September 6, 2020
Sneaky Dee's being knocked down for a condo is extremely on brand for Toronto.— sharine taylor 🇯🇲 (@shharine) September 6, 2020
If they touch Sneaky Dee's, I will simply burn down whatever is in its place and cook nachos over the embers.— Blake Murphy (@BlakeMurphyODC) September 6, 2020
Today I learned where the name Sneaky Dee's came from. It was originally across from Honest Ed's, so they named it the exact opposite - Honest/Sneaky Ed's/Dee's.— Bryan Espiritu (@legendsleague) September 6, 2020
How can you not love a staple of this city with a bit of wit that's lasted this long?
Sneaky Dee's or this literal parking lot:— Zubes 🦐 (@the_Zubes) September 6, 2020
One Gotta Go! pic.twitter.com/tEoiWBh0MT