Published Apr 18, 2020A month after Toronto venue the Hideout closed temporarily due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, its owners have announced that there will be no plans to reopen once the measures end.
In a lengthy message posted to the Hideout's website and social media accounts, the owners have shared a "solemn goodbye for now."
In the statement, the owners wrote, "We have enjoyed the most incredible support, loyalty and friendship with our fantastic team of staff. We are, and always will be, eternally grateful for all your hard work and dedication over the years." They added, "We wish you all the very best of luck and hope that someday we may re-unite forces and be able to work together again."
The venue was founded in its original Queen Street location by brothers Ted, Dan and Jimmy Good with their cousin Phil in 2006. After its original building was sold in 2016, the Hideout moved to a location on College Street, steps away from legendary Toronto haunt Sneaky Dee's.
The Goods continued to own and operate the venue until its closure, with the exception of Ted, who died in 2009.
Read the Goods's full message below:
There's just no way for us to Hideout
A solemn goodbye for now
The Hideout Toronto has been our HOME for 13 years. The Good Brothers and cousin Phil started this little rock n roll 'dive' bar on Queen St. way back in 2006, and when gentrification forced us from that location, we luckily found our new home on College.
We have enjoyed the most incredible support, loyalty and friendship with our fantastic team of staff. We are, and always will be, eternally grateful for all your hard work and dedication over the years. THANK YOU ALL. You have always been the heartbeat of The Hideout and we will miss seeing your faces and working with you everyday. We wish you all the very best of luck and hope that someday we may re-unite forces and be able to work together again.
The Soul of The Hideout has always come from the amazing and talented musicians we have been lucky enough to host. Their energy, excitement, enthusiasm and talent have filled our room with a positivity and vibrancy that is such a pleasure to be exposed to time and time again.
Dancing, singing, swinging, drinking, partying, meeting new people, hugging old friends, kissing, courting, loving, supporting, crying and laughing, and doing it all with the ones you love!! All the things we have taken for granted over the years, the general 'social nearing' that we were accustomed to, was directly responsible for the feeling of comfort and safety that we all enjoyed. We miss these beautiful life gestures of love as we struggle through these unusual times.
The Hideout has been a resilient business over the past 13 years, overcoming many difficult hurdles and challenges. We have been able to do this for one reason only; the love and support of our crew, our community and our regulars. Somehow YOU have always managed to keep the music alive. Unfortunately, this is a crushing blow, the drums are broken, the guitars smashed and the amps are burning… there can be NO encore.
In honour of our dear departed brother Ted Good and in the words of Dr. Theodore (Ted) Seuss....
'Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened'
Cheers and cacaw from Dan, Jimmy, Phil, and our beloved Hideout crew.