Silver Dollar Room designated a heritage site

TORONTO – A downtown music landmark has been decreed a heritage site.

The Silver Dollar Room was formally granted heritage status Tuesday with a new bylaw.

The College and Spadina venue has been a musical hotspot since 1958 with many well-known performers gracing its tiny stage such as Bob Dylan, Blue Rodeo and the Barenaked Ladies.

“The Silver Dollar Room has contextual value as a landmark in Toronto by virtue of it being a well-known, long-standing destination for live music with an international reputation,” said a city staff bylaw report issued last June.

“It is important as it maintains this particular aspect of the cultural character of Spadina Avenue. The Silver Dollar Room is therefore historically, physically, functionally and, with its large circular sign, visually related to its surroundings.”

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The Silver Dollar Room has contributed to Toronto’s musical culture along with other venues on Spadina Avenue such as Grossman’s Tavern, the El Mocambo and just east of Spadina on Queen Street West, the Horseshoe Tavern.

A year ago council voted down a proposal to tear down the site and build a high-rise condo in its place.

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