WOODBINE COULD GET A NEW CONCERT VENUE AS PART OF EXPANDED GAMBLING PLANS

Feb 17, 2016

By Jane Brown

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Woodbine could soon be Toronto’s version of Orillia’s Casino Rama.

Woodbine Entertainment Group has announced a memorandum of understanding with Trinity Development Grpi[ for a 5000-seat concert venue.

It’s the first step in redeveloping the 275-hectare parcel of land near the 427 and Rexdale Boulevard since Toronto City Council approved plans in July that would allow a major casino there.

As a condition of the expansion, city council required that other non-gaming entertainment be built alongside the casino.

Woodbine Entertainment CEO Jim Lawson says his vision also includes “restaurants, a movie theatre and shops in the first phase of the revitalization.” He says later phases could include “homes, offices and a satellite campus for a university or college.”

Lawson pegged the earliest possible date for opening the concert venue for some time in 2018.

The line-up over the next few months at the 5000-seat venue at Casino Rama includes musicians Boyz II Men, ZZ Top, Diana Ross and comedians such as Tracy Morgan and Bill Burr.

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