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Hamilton’s This Ain’t Hollywood is closing after 11 years

Hamilton’s iconic music venue This Ain’t Hollywood will be closing after the owners announced they sold the property at James Street and Murray Avenue. 

According to a statement on the music venue’s Facebook page, the property had been on the market for a while – since 2018, in fact – and the closure of This Ain’t Hollywood had been imminent for some time, only sped along with the ongoing struggles during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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A Message from This Ain’t Hollywood 2020-05-03 #hamont After 11 years of owning the property on James and Murray Avenue, we would like to inform all of you that we have sold the building. As many of you know, the property has been on the market for some time so we knew this day might come. It saddens us to inform you that this will also mark the end of This Ain't Hollywood. Over the last 11 years, we have been very fortunate to host thousands of shows, as well as being a strong foundation for our music community. Operating a live music venue tosses out a lot of challenges and risks. While the industry and infrastructure is changing, we felt that it was a proper time for our departure. The Covid-19 Pandemic, also brought a lot of uncertainties for the near future. Our goal on day one was to open a neighbourhood friendly bar offering Hamilton a variety of music, and art. While we are saddened by the end of this era, we look upon the last 11 years as a truly special chapter in Hamilton's illustrious musical story. We want to take a moment to say thank you to our staff (present and past) who have represented us so well. Without them, we wouldn't have been able to exist as long as we have. A committed team who believed in us and uniquely sprinkled their magic to make this venue a one of a kind spot. We also want to thank you to all of you for your tremendous support over the past 11 years. You have added so much energy and heart to This Ain't Hollywood. Your enthusiasm definitely inspired us along the way. While we are saddened by this announcement, we look at the memories with lots of pride, and happiness. The closing date for the sale of the building is August 4th. At this point, we have not determined a last date for the venue but we will definitely keep you informed. Please stay tuned to our social media pages for more updates on some unforgettable farewell shows. There will never be another This Ain't Hollywood. Lou, Glen and Jodie

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Still, although COVID-19 has created a lot of uncertainty around the whens and hows of the return of live music, the owners stated that it wasn’t the only reason for deciding to close the venue. 

“Operating a live music venue tosses out a lot of challenges,” says their statement.

“While the industry and infrastructure is changing, we felt that it was a proper time for our departure.” 

This Ain’t Hollywood put on thousands of shows over their iconic 11-year period as one of Hamilton’s best music venues. The owners set out to provide the city with a friendly neighbourhood bar featuring live music and art. 

In their statement, This Ain’t Hollywood also thanked their employees for representing them so well over the years, noting that the staff’s enthusiasm was a key part of what made it a one of a kind venue. 

“We also want to thank you for your tremendous support over the past 11 years,” said the owners. “You have added so much energy and heart to This Ain’t Hollywood. Your enthusiasm definitely inspired us along the way.”

The closing date for the sale of the building is August 4th. As of now, the owners have not determined the last date of the venue – especially since live music and large gatherings remain closed indefinitely, and it’s unclear whether or not the iconic venue will get the chance to have locals fill the space even once more before the closure. 

Farewell shows, if they do get to happen, will be announced through their social media channels.

Lead image courtesy of @this_aint_hollywood

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