Toronto Venue 500 Keele to Temporarily Close

Organizers cite "city regulations and spacing issues"

Photo: 500 Keele

BY Calum SlingerlandPublished May 9, 2019

500 Keele Warehouse — an industrial space in Toronto's Junction neighbourhood which hosts electronic music events — has announced it will close its doors for the next month.

A statement published by the venue and bookers Apollo Inc. through Facebook reads as follows:

Unfortunately 500 Keele has to shut its doors for the next month.

We are forced to take action on the space in order to keep up with its growth. City regulations and spacing issues need to be resolved before we move forward with another event.

The venue's scheduled events for May, which include sets from Ben UFO, Pangaea, Ciel, Rebekah, Jeremy Underground, Charlotte de Witte and more, have all been moved to different venues around the city.

The May 10 show featuring Ben UFO and Ciel will now take place at Sts Cyril & Methody Macedonian-Bulgarian Eastern Orthodox Church, while the May 11 bill of Rebekah, AADJA and Measure Divide has been moved to the Opera House.

The sold-out Charlotte de Witte show has been moved to the Masonic Temple Concert Hall, with a new block of tickets now available through Resident Advisor. All of the moved events will feature 500 Keele's Function-One sound system and production staff.

NOW reports that Apollo Inc. owner Joel Norton declined to comment further on the aforementioned reasons for closure, though remains confident that the venue will remain open following the closure.

Despite Toronto's mission to be recognized internationally as a music city, skyrocketing rent prices and noise complaints have contributed to a rash of venue closures in recent years.

Among the Toronto venues that have shut their doors since 2017 are Soybomb HQ, Double Double Land, the Hoxton, Coalition, Faith/Void, Holy Oak, UNIUN and the Silver Dollar Room

This year, Parkdale basement venue the Shop reopened, while the city's June Records announced plans to open a performance space.

Learn more about 500 Keele and Toronto's electronic community in Location TBD: How Toronto's Electronic Music Scene Is All Grown Up with Nowhere to Go.

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