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The Matador Ballroom

LAST UPDATE: January 7 2020

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View of the Matador Ballroom from Dovercourt Road (Courtesy of Google Maps, September 2018)

View of the Matador Ballroom from Dovercourt Road (Courtesy of Google Maps, September 2018)

AT RISK INFORMATION
At risk status:
This building is at risk

Info:

Purchased in May 2019 by a development company.

BUILDING INFORMATION
Name & Location
The Matador Ballroom
466-468 Dovercourt Road
Dufferin Grove, Toronto

OTHER IDENTIFICATION
Notes:

Originally constructed in 1915-16 as a mixed use building, with commercial space on the basement and ground floors, and residential units on the second floor. The building served as the Davis Assembly Hall from 1916. The Matador opened as a country music venue in 1964, and hosted concerts from such musicians as Johnny Cash, Joni Mitchell, Stompin’ Tom Connors and Leonard Cohen, before its closure in 2007. In April 2015, Toronto City Councillor Ana Bailão, Councillor for Ward 18 - Davenport (Ward 9 as of 2018) requested that the Toronto and East York Community Council have the property evaluated for potential inclusion in the City's Heritage Registrar; the property was not granted heritage designation.Former owner Paul McCaughey obtained a zoning certificate in 2018 following a nine-year process, hoping to re-open the venue as a place of assembly that would include a restaurant and custom workshops. In May 2019, the building was sold to a development company.

Status:
Completed

Year Completed:
1915

Map:
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Companies:
No data at this time

BUILDING DATA
Type:
Low-rise

Former use:
Community centre , Cultural , Residential

Heritage:
No heritage status

Sources:

Sources

  1. Toronto’s beloved Matador sold to condo developers: ‘It feels like losing a family member’
    Author - Temur Durrani
    Date - May 13, 2019
    More information

  2. View of the Matador from Dovercourt Road, 1980
    Author - Toronto Public Library
    Date - 1980
    Notes - "Matador Club, Dovercourt Road, west side, between College Street and Dewson Street, Toronto, Ont."
    Call number LOCHIST-BL-074
    More information

  3. Request for Heritage Designation at 466 Dovercourt Rd. (The Matador Ballroom)
    Author - Councillor Ana Bailão
    Date - April 14, 2015
    Document - 0df0fee49f641df0231356ab42fe4307.pdf
    More information

  4. 466 Dovercourt, Toronto | For Sale | Brightside Films
    Author - Brightside Films
    Date - October 17, 2018
    Notes - A short video showing the interior, exterior, and neighbourhood context of the Matador.
    More information

  5. Rezoning Application Submitted to Redevelop The Matador Club
    Author - Ryan Debergh, UrbanToronto
    Date - 6 January 2020
    More information

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