Reps from Queen West's the Great Hall are asking for help from the local community to save it from being closed.
On Monday (July 14), after launching a petition supporting their application to the Alcohol and Gaming Commission to increase capacity from 303 to 1553, a call was put out to local music lovers and partiers to also support them at an up-coming hearing.
"So, at this point the Great Hall's lawyer has advised that what will make the biggest difference is that he ask in court 'who supports this application' [and] the more hands, the more impressive," the Great Hall's reps wrote on Change.org. "The only thing is he needs to know who would like to come by end of today and he needs to submit that list. The closer you live to the Great Hall the better. We need to show that the community does support the Great Hall."
The building that houses the venue was designated as a heritage property in 1973, and is known for hosting some of our favourite nights and parties in the city, like SummerWorks, the Big Sound and Loving in the Name Of:
Mike Layton, the councillor for the area, says he is not against the application, but that because of previous issues neighbours have had with noise and disturbances, there would have to be some conditions met before he supported it. Those conditions could come in the form of conversations with neighbours and additional sound-proofing, which was done at the nearby Garrison on Dundas when they also applied for higher capacity.
The Great Hall's hearing is at 9 am on July 30, 20 Dundas St. West on the fifth floor. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.