You can’t put your arms around a memory, the song tells us, and this is true.It’s still nice to have a keepsake in your possession, however. Something physical, something concrete. Something you can touch. A memento. The box in which those memories were gifted, as it were. Advertisement Twitter The Matador was — is, I should say, since it seems premature to pronounce the 103-year-old ballroom at 466 Dovercourt Rd. completely dead just yet — a catalytic “container” for the memories of countless Torontonians. Hazy memories, a lot of them, to be sure. But memories nonetheless. And those memories have value. Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment When it became common knowledge this past week that the Matador was sold last Saturday to a “private buyer” with connections to a prominent local condo-development company after a heroic, nine-year effort on the part of former owner Paul McCaughey to reopen the one-time Dovercourt Assembly Hall and First World War-era dance hall as a public venue of some sort, a lot of those Torontonians with fond memories of the place were understandably baffled, saddened and worried for its ultimate fate. We know what happens to sacred spaces in this city when they’re sold: they become condominiums or a drugstore. Or both.Maybe the Matador will be fine. Maybe the new owner is a dreamer, too. I’d love to talk to him about his plans. But I know for a fact there’s an offer already in from someone on at least one other property along the adjacent block to the immediate south on College St., and when one takes into account the amount of real estate the Matador “footprint” occupies behind that strip — kitty-corner to the busy West End YMCA — it’s easy to make assumptions. And if it goes the way everyone assumes it will and the Matador and everything around it are subsumed two or three or four years from now into a stylish and shapely new four- or five-storey luxury condo, that’ll be a bummer. That’ll be the city of Toronto’s failure. Login/Register With: Facebook The Matador’s famed sign in 2002. Richard Lautens *p66 x / TORONTO STAR
-We are a team both outside and inside the field. We are not the best team in the league, but we are improving game by game and that is taking us further-How is he in the Real on a personal level?– On a personal level I am very well, I would like to have more participation but in the end the coach chooses the ones he sees best and grows-At 22 years old he is still too young to grow …-I’m taking experience little by little, with more continuous minutes that security that I lack is going to be gained. But I try to take advantage of every minute to continue growing.– A pity that the final coincides with the Basque derby at the Reale Arena, but the club is turning over with a giant screen, broadcast it in the stadium …-It is a penalty that coincided with the derby. The men’s team is giving a spectacular level, won the other day at Real Madrid. It is clear that the club is turning with those screens so that people can see us and surely there are fans.-And see if there is a better atmosphere in the final than in the semifinal you played …-It was a bit sad that a semifinal with 3,000 people … I think it was not the best schedule, coincided with men’s Cup matches, but surely in the final we filled.-Salamanca is certainly turning over …-It is true that there are not so many female fans here, but yesterday more people approached. I think it is important that the people of Salamanca are encouraged to come and if the field is full it sure is different.– Do you see yourself lifting the first Super Cup?-We’d stay in the history of the Super Cup and it would be amazing. The Cup was brutal as we were received in San Sebastián, if we go with the Super Cup, Guipúzcoa falls.-Other bell …-No one was expected to reach the final and we have succeeded. Now we will try to win against Barcelona, it will not be easy, but why not repeat and surprise. -Second final in two years, how are they living?I did not expect it, it has been incredible. The day of the game I woke up with a good feeling, until then I saw it complicated. He was a very difficult opponent, but we made a great match and we are very happy-Of course you are getting what Real had never achieved …-Of not having achieved anything in many years and in these last two years we have grown a lot, the league is also having better paple and the team is growing.-You are doing very well these types of KO tournament.-We are getting better than the league. Against Levante we did not make a good game, but in these already with the Cup it gave us a point of maturity and helps us to raise matches of this type.– They gave the bell to Atlético, to give it again?Yes, although it will be very complicated. Barça is an incredible rival, it is a much better team than in recent years, it will be difficult to give the bell, but we will try.-Can you be the toughest opponent you could find?-Personally I think so, it has a very complete staff and is at a spectacular level.-How do you beat Barcelona?-This complicated, we are already working, but I will not say what we have worked. The key will be to be a block, fight and sacrifice all of us. What sets us apart is that we work as a team and we are in solidarity.-It has been important to maintain the structure of last year and that the important players stay …-The previous year was good for us to get to know each other and take more concepts with Gonzalo. It is important to keep these players, that Nahikari stays is vital to get here and most have stayed. In addition, the club has bet with level players like Barbara and that gives us a plus.-What are the keys to this Royal Society?