There was an immediate and overwhelming response to this potential loss to the musical community, with substantial coverage in the local and national media (Toronto Star, Globe & Mail, Toronto Sun, Now, Exclaim, National Post, Jazz-FM, CBC, CTV, Global, insidetoronto.com, WholeNote, and many others).
Many members of the music community and public have asked how they could help to save or revive their beloved Hugh's Room.
In response, a working group of volunteers assembled and has developed a viable plan for re-opening Hugh's Room as a not-for-profit organization.
The group includes lawyers, business people, accountants, music promoters, publicists, venue operators and members of the community (members are listed below).
Brian Iler, lawyer and social activist, is chair of the working group. Grit Laskin has been named spokesperson.
The group has determined that Hugh's Room can clearly sustain itself financially going forward. With the right infrastructure and community support, the legacy of Hugh's Room can be continued. Toronto can continue to have a destination venue that presents the genres, variety and high quality of music that Hugh's Room is renowned for across the continent.
What’s the plan?
A new community based not-for-profit organization, has been formed. The club has been renamed Hugh's Room Live, and opened on April 22 with a sold-out concert by Connie Kaldor.
Anthony Ferrando, the original general manager of the club, is returning, and is excited at the renewed mandate to bring the new Hugh's Room Live to an even higher standard.
Derek Andrews is on board for artist booking and marketing as we ramp up to a full quotient of programming. Derek brings decades of experience in booking and artist management, and an international reputation,.
Our fundraising campaign:
Fundraising goal is $250,000. These fund are being used to purchase assets, secure a lease, provide necessary working capital, and create a financial buffer to stablize the operation.
The first $30,000 required by February 20.
THIS GOAL HAS BEEN MET !
Another $45,000 by March 5.
THIS GOAL HAS BEEN MET !
Another $50,000 by April 15.
THIS GOAL HAS BEEN MET ON APRIL 29!
Another $50,000 by May 30. PLEASE DONATE NOW TO HELP US MEET THIS GOAL.
Another $50,000 by July 15.
Another $25,00 by August 31 (or earlier if prior goals are met).
For those who prefer to donate by cheque or e-transfer:
Cheques – payable to Iler Campbell in Trust, mailed to: Iler Campbell LLP, 150 John St., Seventh Floor, Toronto M5V 3E3
E-transfer to: email@example.com - provide Brian Iler with the security answer via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
(Donors: Please include contact information including email address so we can send updates.)
Thank You Donors! An incredible group of people have stepped up to help put Hugh's Room Live get on track with donations in recent months. Virtually every target has been hit and we continue to see donations from those who realize "it takes a village to raise" a nightclub from ashes.