Toronto Is Already Mourning the Potential Closing of Sneaky Dee's

A development proposal has marked the beloved venue for condos
Toronto Is Already Mourning the Potential Closing of Sneaky Dee's
A new development proposal has left the future of beloved Toronto dive bar and music venue Sneaky Dee's in jeopardy.

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.
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 Hoxtonthe 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."
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, METZDoldrumsTitle FightYamantaka//Sonic Titan, the FlatlinersGob, Oso Oso and many more, and is also featured in Bryan Lee O'Malley's Scott Pilgrim graphic novel series.