Have written about the former Toronto Warwick Hotel here, here and here. Was thinking of writing about Stage 212, up the street (known since the late 1970s or early 1980s as Filmores), and came across this 2011 Toronto Sun article by Alan Parker, “Toronto landmarks you probably don’t know, Part 2“. The article was about the former Yonge Street music venue, Le Coq d’Or, which was particularly notable for having Ronnie Hawkins as a regular performer.
Came across the article because in the discussion section, somebody mentioned Stage 212 and an important memory of the Warwick came in response, as here:
June 10, 2013 at 7:32 pm
Does anyone remember the name of the stripper/hooker bar at Dundas and Jarvis? It was a big white square building and I believe it was torn down in the late 70′s. I’m pretty sure that it was between the Imperial and Stage 212.
June 10, 2013 at 7:39 pm
Sorry, “Imerial” should have been “Imperial” in my previous post.
Ian Nice says:
July 11, 2013 at 10:40 am
@Sheff…that would be the Warwick Hotel. Fairly notorious joint full of hookers, pimps and other rounders plying their trade.
March 2, 2014 at 5:15 pm
The name of the hotel was indeed the Warwick Hotel and was the address of an elderly Oriental tattoo artist in the basement who just happens to be the person who tattooed my right forearm
July 10, 2014 at 8:25 am
Was at Warwick closing night to be part of history. What a party. Doctors, lawyers, judges, rich and poor, winos and kings. Great crowd. They gave long time winos their stool to take home that night. Shared a table with the biggest toughest wino in Toronto. Turned out to be very friendly, and smart, just a problem with booze. My office was next door at SEARS CANADA Hq. Actually salvaged a brick from the demolition, and it sits on my work bench.
So here is Fred, commenting on the article three years later, mentioning having attended the closing night at the Warwick. All I remember is walking by it one morning to see it closed and boarded up. Missed the sendoff, while Fred captures the particular neighbourly element that it had.
And he has one of the bricks. Foresight.