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
Purchased in May 2019 by a development company.
Name & Location
The Matador Ballroom 466-468 Dovercourt Road Dufferin Grove, Toronto
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.
Torontoâ€™s beloved Matador sold to condo developers: â€˜It feels like losing a family memberâ€™ Author - Temur Durrani Date - May 13, 2019 More information
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
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
Rezoning Application Submitted to Redevelop The Matador Club Author - Ryan Debergh, UrbanToronto Date - 6 January 2020 More information