Toronto’s Greary Avenue Rehearsal Factory to close this spring

Pour one for the Greary Avenue Rehearsal Factory which will close its doors to musicians in March.

The musicians quickly shared their expulsion letters on Twitter. The photo of a letter said the rehearsal space on Greary Avenue had been sold. The letter signed “Keep on Rocking” gave the musicians two months’ notice.

“All musicians must vacate their studios by midnight March 15, 2022,” the letter reads.

This closure comes less than a year after the Richmond Street West location’s repeat plant closed.

In October, megachurch C3 released a brochure stating that they had purchased the rehearsal space. According to Exclaim! The owners of Rehearsal Factory originally planned to enter into some sort of lease to allow musicians to keep their studios for three to five years.

Given that the musicians have to pack up and leave by March 15, 2022, those plans didn’t materialize.

Musicians and creatives expressed their anger and frustration on social media. Many have been left without a rehearsal space, and Toronto has little to offer.

“Countless musicians have honed their craft here, and there’s simply no replacement. This has left bands and artists without a place to practice or prepare for recording,” said Marit Stiles, New Democrat MP for Davenport, in an open letter to Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism Industries. and culture, Lisa McLeod.

Stiles said Toronto’s creative industry is under threat as creative venues and spaces are sold off to developers or private owners.

“I write to highlight a growing threat to the viability of our local arts and culture community: the rapid loss of space to create, practice, perform and exhibit new work,” Stiles wrote.

“Keep swinging”…if you can find the space.

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