Drake is opening a concert venue in the Beaches

The 2,500-capacity History will take over the former Champions Greenwood site on Queen East

Drake is teaming with Live Nation to open a 2,500-capacity live entertainment venue called History in Toronto’s east end.

In press release, the concert promoter said History will take over the former Champions Greenwood site at 1661 Queen East and host 200 concerts and events annually. Construction on the venue is slated to be completed this summer and it will open “later this year.”

Live Nation gave few details on Drake’s involvement, except to say the hip-hop superstar will “curate a premiere entertainment experience.”

“Some of my most memorable shows were playing smaller rooms like History,” he said in a statement. “I wanted to take those memories and what I learned to create an incredible experience for both the artists and the fans.”

Live Nation added that History has been three years in the making and will be “an anchor of the community, delivering music and culture while also driving economic activity and creating numerous employment opportunities” in the Beaches neighbourhood.

The venue will be able to host both general admission and reserved seating events, including concerts, live entertainment, galas and community events. “Concerts and events, along with additional details and career opportunities, will begin to be announced throughout the coming weeks and months,” Live Nation added.

The promoter initially filed a development application to renovate the former off-track betting facility in May 2016. The company’s application, which included a second-floor mezzanine, noted that the spot is ideal for a venue because it’s located in a mixed-use neighbourhood, on a main street, accessible by public transit and “substantially separated from nearby residential areas.”

History’s 2,500 capacity puts it on par with the concert venue inside Rebel nightclub, giving artists who are too big to play Opera House or Phoenix but perhaps not yet able to pack Sony Centre, Massey Hall or arenas another place to perform in the city.

Check out renderings of History below:

A rendering of the Live Nation and Drake venue History
Courtesy of Live Nation
A rendering of the Drake and Live Nation venue History
Courtesy of Live Nation

UPDATE (6/8):

It looks like the venue will be opening this year, pandemic-pending. There are already a handful of concerts scheduled for History starting in November 2021.

Ticketmaster is selling tickets for the following shows starting Wednesday, June 9:

November 7: Bleachers

November 9: Surfaces

November 24: CHVRCHES

December 9 & 10: July Talk


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