Woodbine racetrack signs deal to bring live music, theatre venue to site

A 5,000-seat entertainment venue is in the works for Woodbine racetrack.

Horse racing operator, developer agree to build 165,000-square foot venue near track

Woodbine Entertainment Group and Trinity Development Group announced Tuesday the companies have signed a memorandum of understanding to develop a 165,000-square foot live entertainment venue near the Woodbine racetrack.

A 5,000-seat entertainment venue is in the works for Woodbine racetrack.

On Tuesday, Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) and Trinity Development Group announced the companies have
signed a memorandum of understanding to develop a 165,000-square foot venue adjacent to the racetrack. It is expected to be used for live music, theatre and dance.

"To partner with a trusted,well-respected property development company like Trinity allows the citizens of Toronto, and frankly the entire province, to start to see the possibilities of what we can develop on one of the most attractive pieces of real estate in the GTA," Jim Lawson, CEO of WEG, said in a statement.

John Ruddy, executive chairman of Trinity, said his company has "a deep history in developing real estate of this quality in high profile locations."

Trinity is responsible for the $200-million renovation of Lansdowne Park in Ottawa, home to the North American Soccer League's Ottawa Fury and the Canadian Football League's Ottawa RedBlacks, as well as retail stores and restaurants.

The company says following a revitalization project that began two years ago Lansdowne is "a hotbed for businesses and restaurants that drew 1.5 million visitors in its first year of operations."

Last March, Toronto Mayor John Tory said he supported studying the possibility of turning Woodbine racetrack into a casino.


To encourage thoughtful and respectful conversations, first and last names will appear with each submission to CBC/Radio-Canada's online communities (except in children and youth-oriented communities). Pseudonyms will no longer be permitted.

By submitting a comment, you accept that CBC has the right to reproduce and publish that comment in whole or in part, in any manner CBC chooses. Please note that CBC does not endorse the opinions expressed in comments. Comments on this story are moderated according to our Submission Guidelines. Comments are welcome while open. We reserve the right to close comments at any time.