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Old 08-23-2010, 05:03 PM   #1
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Default Is that the same Steele's Tavern?

I recently had the pleasure of spending a few days in Toronto! I've only been north of Pennsylvania twice in my life (and that was to New York) so it was quite a thrill to explore such a beautiful country. While shopping on (I believe) Queen street, I walked past a place called Steele's Tavern- and I wondered, is that the same Steele's Tavern where Gordon was "discovered" back in 1964/65?
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Old 08-23-2010, 06:10 PM   #2
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Steele's Tavern (349 Yonge St. at Gould) used to be on Yonge, just north of Dundas where the Eaton Centre now is. SAM the Record Man (347 Yonge St.) took over the property and Ryerson Univ.now owns the property.

http://app.toronto.ca/HeritagePreser...ertyRsn=220314 - Toronto Heritage site info: 1974

from 1966 - http://www.corfid.com/vbb/showthread.php?t=18176

It no longer exists on Yonge St.
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Old 08-24-2010, 04:15 PM   #3
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i wasn't aware of a relocation to Queen St...glad you enjoyed your visit

interesting that you mention this at this point:

now that Sam's demolition has begun, you can again see the the framing of the original overhead apt windows that used to be on each side of the vertical Steele's Tavern marquee

back when Sam's took over the space, the second revolving circle of lights (spinning LPs) was added, so for decades, you couldn't see the original brick facade and windows

some pics of the transition from the 70s to today:
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Old 08-27-2010, 03:17 PM   #4
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Thanks Char and ii for the info about Steele's. Maybe I was mistaken, I thought the sign said "Steele's" and even something about it being the legendary tavern but obviously it wasn't. As for Toronto, I wish I could have explored more, but the size of the city, traffic, pleasing the family, kept me from getting out and about very much. I would have loved to have seen Massey Hall as well, but ran out of time.
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Old 08-28-2010, 09:13 AM   #5
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I thought the sign said "Steele's" and even something about it being the legendary tavern
perhaps the more recently legendary Lee's Palace (well, it also has two ee's in it!) ...that is on Queen W...it's undergoing some kind of facelift ...always interesting new acts...i haven't been there is years...too many goth chicks
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