Zaphod Beeblebrox, landmark Ottawa music venue, closing May 14

The 26-year-old nightclub and concert venue lasted just over a year following the retirement of founder Eugene Haslam, who claimed the nightclub's new owners failed to uphold their end of the bargain.

Venerable concert venue hosted countless up-and-comers including Alanis Morissette, Jewel and the Sheepdogs

Zaphod Beeblebrox, named for the two-headed character from Douglas Adams's Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, branded itself "the nightclub at the edge of the galaxy." Now it's on the edge of closure. (Google Maps)

So long, and thanks for all the fish.

Just over a year after owner Eugene Haslam handed over the keys to new management, Ottawa's renowned Zaphod Beeblebrox nightclub and concert venue has announced it's closing its doors May 14.

Rumours had been swirling about the club's imminent closure for weeks, but management made it official on Facebook.

The club, which Haslam opened in the early 1990s, has seen its fair share of big name performers passing through, including Jewel, The Sheepdogs and Alanis Morissette, who previewed her chart-topping album Jagged Little Pill with a concert there.

The Rolling Stones even shot part of their video for the song Streets of Love there in 2005.

Rift between current, former owners

It's unclear what the closure will mean for Haslam, who sold the club in January 2016 and went public with his dispute with the venue's new owners in a Facebook post, which he has since removed.

In it, he claimed the sale of the club would help fund his retirement, and said the new owners weren't keeping up with monthly payments as promised in the deal. Haslam said he was expecting the payments to last six years.

Neither Haslam nor current owner Ryan King was immediately available for comment. 


  • An earlier version of this article incorrectly stated that Haslam sold Zaphod's in early 2017. In fact, he sold it in early 2016.
    May 03, 2017 7:37 PM ET