Winnipeg's Times Change(d) reopens just days after crash

There may be door-crasher specials tonight as the Time Change(d) High And Lonesome Club reopens only three days after a car smashed into its front door. Owner John Scoles calls it "the Miracle On Main Street".

Car slammed into front of Winnipeg blues institution on Monday

A crash won't keep a good blues club down. Times Change(d) High and Lonesome Club reopens three days after a car slams into the front door. (Tyson Koschik/CBC)

The blues are back at a Winnipeg musical institution.

Only three days after a car slammed into the front door of the Times Change(d) High and Lonesome Club, owner John Scoles said they will reopen for business Thursday night.

"Well, it looked pretty bad when I walked up there, the whole front corner was all smashed in. The stuff that had been on the stage from the previous night was all punched back and strewn across the stage, Scoles said.

"Our front vestibule was smashed down. The fire department wouldn't let me in at first. So, that's pretty major concern."

The business, Winnipeg Building, worked for three days in the cold to repair the damage.

"Everything is good, they put in a door and wall and framed around and got it sealed in and it's good to go for now," Scoles said.

Tonight The Minglers and Jess Dollimont and the Ospreys are scheduled to hit the stage. Romi Mayes and the Slow Leaves will play Friday. The Windups play Saturday. Scoles said Big Dave McLean will perform Sunday.

"Somebody suggested maybe we have a few door crasher specials, but I guess we'll see about that," Scoles said. "I mean it's a Main Street miracle for this weekend for sure and I'm as amazed as everybody else that we're able to do it, but we definitely can."

Engineers told Scoles the 140-year-old building at Main Street and St.Mary Avenue is solid, and, despite the crash, structurally sound. 

"Well, that building is designed with a major cast iron frame around the front of it," Scoles said. "There's two serious pillars, this is what I heard from the engineer, and then they they hold up a cast iron joist that would support that whole corner and the car didn't make it far enough to hit either of those so we're basically just talking about frontage."

Scoles said there is more work to be done to the front wall and corner of the building over the next few weeks. He said he wants to do more major work when the club has fewer bookings.

It's not the first time the club has been threatened. Two years ago the owners of the block accepted an offer on the building. 

He expects this latest incident will just add to the iconic club's character.

"There's nothing we do that doesn't add to the character. It's kind of basically, it's our job to constantly add to the character of that place," Scoles said.

Scoles said he's incredibly grateful for the support from Winnipeggers and the city's music community.