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Blue About Velvet

In what's become a common plot line on Washington Avenue, the McGowan brothers asked Velvet to move out after tripling the rent on their space. The venerable dance hall is celebrating its tenth anniversary on Saturday, an unheard of feat of longevity in the quick-turnover world of nightclubs.

Here's what Velvet's Doug Hall had to say about it in Velvet's online forums:

Early last week we recieved a vauge phone message from one of the McGowans requesting we vacate the property by the end of October. This came as a shock to us as we were promised last year that we would alway be given at least 90 days warning. We deeply regret the short notice please understand if it were up to us we would at least stretch this through NYE. Our last official night will be the 29th of October.


We will not relocate Velvet however we are looking for a venue to do our AMP shows and to maybe do some of our sat night shows.

When Washington Avenue's developers have succeeded in recreating Plaza Frontenac, will anyone go there?

Posted under Business District by Brian Marston on Fri., Oct 14, 2005 at 1:03 PM


I admit I hadn't been in months, but then on Halloween night, a new friend told me they had a Halloween 80's theme night and I was so very there. After several hours of dancing my heart out to my long lost loves such as Depeche Mode, Joy Division and Blondie, I walk outside to be hit with the new that they were closing down. I knew it since back in the days when it was called Sanctuary. And for a long time, that is what it was. A place where you could go to just dance and not be in some top 40's meat market leopard skin covered wannabe club. It will be sorely missed.

[Posted by Torrey on Wed., Nov 9, 2005 at 3:32 PM]

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