The Hoxton, one of Toronto’s most well-known clubs, had its final closing party last Saturday after six years of operation. The closing party featured Toronto born DJs Hunter Siegel, Keys and Krates, Omar Linx, Zeds Dead, as well as Sleepy Tom from Vancouver.
The venue closed down because its co-owners decided not to renew their five-year lease. They say this is because the city will not allow them to renovate or expand the venue.
The Hoxton has featured many big names in the EDM world, including Skrillex, Flume, Flux Pavilion, The Chainsmokers, DJ Snake, RL Grime, and Zedd, to name a few.
The venue has also had many rap stars such as Kanye West, Snoop Dog, Chance The Rapper and Travis Scott perform there in the past.
“There isn’t really another club that is the same as that one in Toronto. Like there’s clubs but there more radio music,” says Judy Krajcik, a frequent clubber.
The Hoxton closing may not come as a surprise for many of its beloved fans. Over the years Toronto has seen a pattern of losing great clubs such as System Soundbar, Circa and the Guvernment.
In 2016 alone, Cabal, Hideout, and and Tattoo closed down. January has been no better, losing Hugh’s Room, Soybomb and now the Hoxton.
Embrace, the organization that books the DJs for the Hoxton and many other clubs throughout the city, plans on booking the artists who would have regularly played at the Hoxton at nearby clubs.
Zeid Anabtawi, a marketer for the Hoxton, and other clubs, says just because it’s closing does not necessarily mean club-goers can expect to see fewer events. Instead, he says the shows will just be spread out across different venues throughout the city.
“If the show is a little bit smaller, we would put it at a venue like Velvet Underground which fits 300 people. If the show was a bigger show and would have gone to the Hoxton, we would put it at Maison,” says Anabtawi.
Even though Toronto’s club goers can still expect to see many of the same artists they know and love, the Hoxton still has a special place in their heart.
It was an intimate venue only able to fit 500 to 600 people. The small space featured a lot of today’s biggest names in the EDM world that were, at the time, aspiring artists.
Molly Carr, a frequent clubber, says she practically lives at the Hoxton and is very sad about the club closing. “It breaks my heart, honestly,” says Carr.
There are no plans to relocate the Hoxton but Embrace plans to book similar DJs at Velvet Underground, Coda, Danfourth Music Hall, and Maison.