Psst...Wanna buy a revered Queen West institution? Rumours have been flying about the fate of the Cameron House since a.
Psst…Wanna buy a revered Queen West institution?
Rumours have been flying about the fate of the Cameron House since a real estate listing appeared for the legendary Queen West building last week. That’s right, for a little less than $3 million, you can own a piece of Toronto music history.
Yes, the end of an era is coming, but not because of financial trouble.
“Honestly, it’s been a tough gut-wrenching six year decision,” explains part-owner and manager Cindy Matthews. “It’s been 28 years, and we love the place, but it got to the point where our lives have moved on. You guys [NOW Magazine] have always been a big part of the Cameron since pretty much day one, and have been great supporters over the years. It was always a labour of love, and a lifestyle for everyone involved, but we just can’t do it forever.”
This doesn’t mean that this is necessarily the last chapter in the Cameron’s life. Until someone ponies up the cash, the bar will remain open for regulars to pay their last respects, and there’s still the possibility that its future owner will decide to preserve the iconic venue.
“It would have made more economic sense to close the bar and just sell it, but if that’s the way we ran the business, the Cameron wouldn’t be there in the first place. We just couldn’t do that to everyone who’s loved the bar and been part of it. We didn’t want to just disappear overnight like some other great institutions around Toronto, and we wanted people to know that it was imminent, but that it could still take a long time.”
“Ultimately, we’d love to hand the reigns over to someone else who wants to keep running it in the tradition of the Cameron. I can’t see the future though, so I don’t know what’s going to happen.”
How would they feel about someone turning the building into another fancy boutique hotel and club? Would that kind of facelift leave a bad taste in their mouth?
“My time is come, and I can’t feel guilty about anything that is going to happen there, or that has happened. Change is good. Well, it’s not always good, but it is always exciting and new.”[rssbreak]