We’re still here and our (brand new) doors will (eventually!) reopen; TRANZAC will survive the pandemic
It’s been a long 15 months. TRANZAC, like most venues, relies on revenue from shows, bar sales, and rentals to make ends meet. These in person events have not been possible during the pandemic.
Our staff and board have made every effort to manage our finances carefully to make sure that the TRANZAC's doors can open again when it's safe to do so. We've pursued a number of grant opportunities and government subsidies, and we're happy to say that some of those grant applications have been successful; we're in the process of applying for more.
The community’s generous support of TRANZAC over the last year and a half is the main reason we’re going to make it -- people taking out new TRANZAC memberships or renewing existing ones, support from artists and community members including donations of Bandcamp proceeds from musicians, fundraising shows on Instagram and Facebook organized by The Holy Oak Family Singers, Houndstooth, Howard Gladstone and many others, and donations of visual art, jewelry, or cash. THANK YOU!
The support and love shown for the TRANZAC has been overwhelming. And because of it, we’re still here.
Okay, so when is TRANZAC going to reopen?
Right now, we're looking closely at the province's plans for reopening (Ontario is currently in Step 1), public health advice, and feedback from our members, supporters, and performers about what a safe and comfortable reopening strategy looks like for the TRANZAC.
This will take a bit of time -- but we're going to get there. Our first priority is the safety of our staff, audiences, and performers, and we’ll be providing regular updates as things fall into place.
It is likely that we will be able to host livestream and outdoor events before we are able to have indoor gatherings.
The weekly TRANZAC open stage is still going strong on Zoom, Mondays at 8 pm. Feel free to tune in to play a song or two or just listen.
In case you missed it, here’s an excellent article on the history of the club about “Toronto’s Living Room” aka TRANZAC, written by Susan Grimbly for Spacing’s blog.
What’s going to be new when the club reopens?
During the reopening process we’re going to take every step we can to keep the community COVID-safe during events. We’ll be updating you as those plans come together. Right now, our plan is to reopen in the fall.
One silver lining of the pandemic is that it presented the club with a unique opportunity to focus on our long planned sound proofing renovations, which would have been tricky to fit into our bustling pre-pandemic calendar. Some extensive interior renovations that were long overdue and would have required closing the club to complete under normal circumstances are either done, or almost there.
So, for starters, our front doors, quite appropriately, are new. In addition to the new front doors, we’ve been able to do the following:
* Soundproofing the Southern Cross that’s resulted in a vast improvement in limiting the sound “bleed” between the Southern Cross and the Main Hall. (Here's a video of a recent sound test.)
* Vastly improved physical accessibility for the front of the club: new doors with automatic door openers, and a new front-door ramp. This will also make music and stage gear load-in and load-out easier.
* Duct and electrical work.
* Gutting and renovating the club's second floor, which now features new meeting rooms.
* The south portion of the roof has been redone.
* Creation of additional storage space above the kitchen and near the upstairs bathrooms.
* Livestreaming capability on the way.
How can I support TRANZAC's successful reopening?
Financial support is always welcome. You can donate any amount, large or small, to the TRANZAC (either by clicking on the PayPal link here or by sending an e-transfer to GM@Tranzac.org).
But we're also looking for volunteers to help with work around reopening and to put the finishing touches on the physical improvements to our space.
Right now, we're working on figuring out how to best use the already-generous offers of volunteer time we've gotten from people in the community, but we're always looking for more.
If you're interested in volunteering some time to help out, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Last but not least, but maybe most importantly, when we start to announce new shows and events, come out and be an audience again!