Matador Sidesteps Demolition

By Ben Bull
Published October 17, 2007

It looks like there is a reprieve for the Matador!

You may recall that this popular Toronto nightspot was due to be demolished to make way for a parking lot. The Toronto Star report that plans for the building's demolition have been scrapped, at least for now:

The reversal came (at a Toronto Parking Authority meeting) without debate after 40 supporters of the Matador - including literary titan Michael Ondaatje - crowded into a City Hall committee room.

Not everyone was happy however:

Outside the meeting, [George] Ruivo [the owner of a stereo shop next door to the Matador] argued long and loud with the Matador supporters, calling the club "a menace to society.

"It's a bad place. I've been there for 20 years. ... Do you know how many needles we've found? Vandalism to my car? It's a booze can, see it for what it is."

I'm sure there's more to this story than we are being told. However, this reprieve is at least a little reminder that with a bit of pressure and a lot of debate, common sense can sometimes prevail.

Ben Bull lives in downtown Toronto. He's been working on a book of short stories for about 10 years now and hopes to be finished tomorrow. He also has a movie blog.

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By Neighbour (registered) | Posted October 17, 2007 at 14:33:07

That George person is a liar and makes up fairytales. I live beside the Matador also and there are no problems in the area. He says it's noisy - yet all day long he installs loud stereo systems into cars so that no one in the neighbourhood can have any peace and quiet. He can blame the Matador but his car was probably vandalised on a Tuesday when the club isn't even open.

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