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John Grimley
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(from Chris Daniels, 2107.07.27):

SEVEN44 Closed Down
Former Chick'n'Deli Insolvent

Not unexpected, but finally the bailiffs have closed SEVEN44 (previously People's Chicken, before that the Chick'n'Deli).

Pro Bailiff of Thornhill posted a notice on the door dated April 30 which states the tenants had not paid the rent. This after SEVEN44 had closed down for 10 days 'for repairs'.

Climax Jazz Band helped re-launch The Chick'n'Deli in February 1983 after a fire closed it for several months. We played some full weekly engagements (breaking the bar sales record) as well as every Saturday afternoon. Our Saturday matinées continued after Jack Brewer died and again after Kathleen Brewer relinquished the building. When it re-opened as People's Chicken and then SEVEN44 we stayed on until 2015 when we moved to the Bow and Arrow, Scruffy Murphy's, then to alleycatz and eventually to The Leaside Pub* once or twice a month.

Maybe someone will reopen SEVEN44 as a jazz club -- fond hope. Meanwhile let's all support the other jazz venues.

We have great memories of our time at The Chick'n'Deli thanks to the friends we made and the support of Jack and Kathleen Brewer. It was the spot to go in Toronto for fine jazz, fantastic wings, good service and always a happy atmosphere. Everyone knew where and what it was. Well almost.. When visitors who had heard Climax at festivals arrived from the U.S. to visit their daughter who was studying here they couldn't remember the name of the place. But they did remember we'd mentioned it was dead opposite the Newbigging Funeral Home (now also gone). So they phoned Newbigging and asked the receptionist if there was a place across the street that had Climax on Saturday afternoons. She put the phone down, ran across Mt. Pleasant and back to tell them yep. They had a ball that afternoon -- everyone as usual greeted our guests from far away with courtesy and warmth.

JG: *The Climax Jazz Band plays the Leaside Pub, Saturdays 4 to 7pm on:
September 30,
October 21,
November 25,
December 30 2017.

September 2, 2017 at 8:20 PM Flag Quote & Reply

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