The Hideout has officially closed after 13 years in Toronto

Apr 20 2020, 5:41 pm

After 13 years in Toronto, The Hideout has officially closed.

Located at 423 College Street, the spot served as one of the city’s premier music venues and was known for showcasing live music seven nights a week.

While the spot has been resilient through hurdles and challenges in the past, now, the business says that powering through just isn’t an option.

“There’s just no way for us to Hideout,” the venue shared on Instagram to announce its closing. “A solemn goodbye for now.”


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The venue nods to what they describe as “social nearing” — “dancing, singing, swinging, drinking, partying, meeting new people, hugging old friends, kissing, courting, loving, supporting, crying, and laughing” — as being responsible for the comfort and safety that patrons came to enjoy.

That ability to be close together, to be physically present and support artists, is what kept the venue alive, the spot says.

“Unfortunately, this is a crushing blow, the drums are broken, the guitars smashed and the amps are burning…” reads the announcement. “There can be NO encore.”

To close, the message quotes Dr. Seuss, reminding past patrons: “Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.”

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