Contributed by David Blackmore
Alex Lifeson, Getty Lee & original drummer John Rutsey (predecessor to Neil Pert who replaced him in 1974 at the start of their US tour) wait backstage before a gig at 203 Sackville, photo from Regent Pk. Teen Centre archives. Before you take a crowbar and triumphantly rush into demolishing 203 Sackville, please remember this hallowed ground is where some of Canada’s biggest rock bands got started.
Rush, Crowbar and Triumph with Kim Mitchell and many others got their start at 203 Sackville Green, to discerning teens. The Recreation Centre is now is being demolished to make way for a TCHC, 173-apartment building with 47 affordable rental units. The opening of the new centre and closure of the existing centre were intended to happen at the same time, however, construction on the new centre was delayed due to soil issues that needed to be resolved.
The City and TCHC will be hosting a closing party to say thanks for the memories on Saturday. March 14th with performances and speakers between 4-7 pm followed by a community social until 10pm. firstname.lastname@example.org