‘It’s a sad day’: Closure of Old East 765, landmark of local live music

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This is the last call for Old East 765.

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A London landmark for live music, first as The Town & Country and now as Old East 765 Bar & Grill, the Dundas Street East venue is closing permanently on February 27.

But not before Last Call 765, a full day lineup of 15 bands Saturday from 2 p.m. to 2 a.m. with the regular Blues Jam hosted by Hayden Vialva still in the front room at 4 p.m.

Owner Jim Ferreira said the building was sold by its owner.

“I’m very proud of our successes, my team, the bands who have played here, the promoters, the community and all the live music fans who have supported us over the years,” he said. . “It’s a sad day.”

Old East 765 is one of many local streaming venues that have closed in recent years, including the Brunswick Hotel and Call The Office.

Building owner Peter Athanasakos said he doesn’t know what the new owners have planned for the property.

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Among the long-time London musicians who have played at 765 is bluesman Chris Trowell, who has been performing professionally since 1981.

“For a town called Music City, it’s a sad day,” said Trowell, who hosted a blues jam there before the pandemic hit in 2020.

“I remember when you could go to a bar downtown, listen to a band, then walk a block to another bar, listen to a band and then go to another bar. There aren’t many concert halls left,” he added.

“And it’s a nice little place. Hopefully Jim finds another place.

Ferreira said he had not given up hope of finding another place of exploitation.

“I can’t just walk away from the live music scene,” he said. “It was a big step for young, up-and-coming bands and long-established bands. I have so much love for it. I don’t know what my approach will be. I sought.

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“I never realized how much of an impact 765 had on the Old East community,” he added.

Dozens of customers and musicians reacted to the news on his Facebook page.

“The impact you’ve had on the music scene, the diversity of entertainment and your giant heart always ready to step in and help those less fortunate is legendary,” wrote guitarist Steve Fife, best known for his years with the band. of heavy metal Saber.

“You have set a bar of dedication to all of those things that few others have or will achieve. I wish you all the best for the future.

“It’s a sad day,” said longtime 765 supporter Christopher Reath. “Too many places have gone missing because of the way the world is now.

I . . . I’m happy to say that I got to know this wonderful place and was welcomed like family. I knew and visited it even before it was 765,” he added.

“Here is the best future for everyone involved with 765, but even more so for the local London entertainment scene after this closure. Cheers!”

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