Posted in music | venues on January 7, 2014

Do Stop Believing -- Canal Room is about to be no more (more by Andrew St. Clair)
Tiffany and Debbie Gibson

The Canal Street venue that lately is mostly known for hosting 80s & 90s themed tribute shows (like the one we caught in 2011 with Debbie Gibson and Tiffany), is closing. The final two nights at Canal Room, despite what this 12/20 letter said, are January 10 & 11:

From Canal Room co-owner Marcus Linial

Last Call. Canal Room Closing. It's Bittersweet.

After 15 years in the building and 10 years as Canal Room , My partner Sam and I have sold the club. This was our decision and the timing was right. The space will be a new upscale lounge. Not a live music venue. We wish the new owner all the best.

Our last 2 night's will be Friday Jan 3rd with The Bayside Tigers and Saturday Jan 4th with Jessie's Girl - The Worlds Hottest '80s Tribute Band. Could't think of a better way to go out.

We thank all of our amazing staff over the years you know who you are, all the bands that have performed on our stage. All the customers and clients. Without you..we could not have been in business for so long.

Also excited that both shows Back To The Eighties Show with Jessie's Girl and Saved By The 90s Party with The Bayside Tigers have a new home. More on that soon.
Hope to see you all over the next few weeks and at our final weekend Jan 3 & 4. Happy Holidays to you all.

Tickets for the final two shows on 1/10 & 1/11 are still on sale, and future "Saved by the 90s" and "Back to the Eighties" shows will happen at Le Poisson Rouge.

Our own memories of Canal Room include seeing Patterson Hood of Drive By Truckers there in 2009, ending up there for random CMJ showcases and sponsored parties, watching Jon Brion make magic with Rhett Miller, catching an artsy performance as part of a Fischerspooner residency, and seeing The Go! Team cheer through a show right when they were all the hype. What do you remember about the place?

Goodbye Canal Room!



Comments (21)

Well past its sale date. This joint has been irrelevant for quite a while now.

Posted by Anonymous | January 7, 2014 12:26 PM

The perfect spot for a new Mamouns.

Posted by Anonymous | January 7, 2014 12:36 PM


Posted by Anonymous | January 7, 2014 12:43 PM

I saw John Mayer open for Glen Phillips there from Toad. I guess that's 2000? Good times...thought the guy would make it, but sounded a lot like Dave Matthews....a few members of the Real World NYC were also in attendance....worlds collide.

Snark away, bitches!

Posted by Anonymous | January 7, 2014 12:50 PM

^I love Toad..Glen Phillips is a nice dude. Their last album was good. No snark here!

Posted by Anonymous | January 7, 2014 12:54 PM

i remember it as the new music cafe but yeah, havent been there since jon brion's show.

Posted by Anonymous | January 7, 2014 1:01 PM

This place was pretty soulless but what I remember most are the awesome party's in high school that Marc Linial used to have at his house in New Rochelle when his parent's were away

Posted by Anonymous | January 7, 2014 1:47 PM

Would, Would.

Posted by Anonymous | January 7, 2014 1:58 PM

When it was Shine i remember seeing Black Eyed Peas, pre-Fergie. Giant Step Mondays were pretty amazing too.

Posted by Anonymous | January 7, 2014 2:14 PM

If my memory serves me well, it was the Reggae Lounge back in the early '80s

Posted by Jeff | January 7, 2014 2:28 PM

I didn't even realize that place was still open.. Who care?

Posted by Anonymous | January 7, 2014 2:28 PM

Check out Britney +10 years on the left

Posted by Anonymous | January 7, 2014 2:35 PM

Say what you want about the 80's, but the prices for a gallon of gas and cigs were fuckin great.

Posted by Anonymous | January 7, 2014 2:45 PM

Glen Phillips > John Mayer

No contest.

Posted by Anonymous | January 7, 2014 2:51 PM

Cigs were $1.25 a pack in the 80s
Gas was $1.40 / gallon for high test
An 8 ball was $250

Posted by Anonymous | January 7, 2014 2:56 PM

LOL old guys reminiscing, between Harvey Wallbangers

Posted by Anonymous | January 7, 2014 3:15 PM

I saw Jon Brion play an epic show there a few years ago, which was obviously incredible, but he could've made 285 Kent sound good.

I also took my parents there once to see a James Taylor tribute show, so yeah, they had that going on there too.

Posted by Anonymous | January 7, 2014 6:01 PM

Finn Brothers 2005ish

Posted by Anonymous | January 7, 2014 6:25 PM

I went here a few times around 2005-2010...
My most memorable performances were DJs Are Alive and Lettuce. I actually got to hang out with Eric, Nigel, and Alicia after that show and all of them were cool, friendly, and easy to speak with. I liked the house music they used to spin there, too.
I hope the new venue retains a lot of the Canal Room decor.

Posted by Vicstylus | January 28, 2014 6:13 PM

Yes I agree she doesn't sound as good live but at least she sang live. Some artists nowadays use louder background track than their mic's voice. To me, she is an amazing preformer´╗┐

Posted by Araia | October 31, 2014 6:35 PM

very weak player and vocalist

Posted by Jolene Burke | November 20, 2014 5:21 AM

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