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Sunday, December 6, 2009

rip big bop

Sad news coming out of the Toronto entertainment scene today. From Here.

Toronto's Queen Street West is set to lose another venue, with management of The Big Bop saying it will close its doors.

Owner Dominic Tassielli said The Big Bop, at the corner of Queen Street West and Bathurst Street, will "shut down completely" shortly, but that an announcement on the site's future will come next week. The three-floor concert hall includes three venues - known as Kathedral, Reverb and Holy Joe's.

"There are a lot of things that are still in the works," Mr. Tassielli said.

The Big Bop's website includes event bookings through New Year's Eve, suggesting it will stay open for the month. Mr. Tassielli declined to say when it will close, or what might take over the building. It opened in the 1990s and describes itself as "one of Toronto's leading venues for live performances, and club events."

The Big Bop's building has sold twice in the past two decades, most recently in 2006 for $3.5-million, property records show.

The announcement comes two weeks after owners of the Cameron House, a short walk east down Queen Street, put the bar and artists' venue up for sale for $2.9-million. The longtime owners said their effort had run its course, and hoped the Cameron remained a bar and venue.