Its objective is to provide a convivial social gathering place for residents and supporters of the performing arts, to encourage both organized and spontaneous entertainment by volunteers for the enjoyment of all, to engage in other activities that celebrate the diversity of PAL, and to act as a regular fund-raiser for PAL Toronto.The Club is run on a not-for-profit basis and any excess revenues will be used for PAL Toronto charitable purposes.
The Club has had several incarnations. For many years it had been managed on a volunteer basis by the late Arthur Voronka, a resident. Fond memories include weekly piano stylings of the late Red Mitchell. Prior to that the facility was organized by George Dick, another resident, who oversaw the installation of a major cartoon mural depicting the early days of CBC radio.
It re-opened in March 2006 after several months of renovations and an extensive refit. Donations to the Club renovations and upgrading of the sound, lighting and television were gratefully received from the RBC Foundation, Frischkorn AV, and Sight N Sound, whose contributions are recorded on a plaque, along with many individual donors and volunteers who gave so generously of their time.
The Club was co-managed on a volunteer basis by residents Nigel Napier-Andrews and Amanda Smith between 2006 and 2009.
In the summer of 2009 Bob & Dianne Van Dyke managed the club ’till 2014 when the Club closed again for redecorations and opened October 2014 managed by Club Chairman Bob Kemp and Manager Norman Hart. Currently the Celebrity Club is managed by PAL Toronto resident Georgia Abrahams.
We welcome you to The Celebrity Club. The bar phone number is 416-955-1892.