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Popular Edmonton live music joint closing at end of July

The Haven Social Club, a popular live music haunt in Edmonton, is shutting its doors at the end of July.

After five years, the owner of the business, which is located on Stony Plain Road, said it’s time to move on.

“Like most music venues similar to ours, there’s not really money to be made. They mostly just get by,” owner James Leder said on Thursday.

Leder said the club’s location contributed to his decision to stop operating.

“The downside about my venue is location … Edmonton is kind of really central, and if you’re outside of the central area it really hurts your business because people just don’t want to travel. The ETS system … doesn’t go late.”

Over the past five years, customers who walk down the club’s stairs have been transported to a different world, where time flies, Leder said.

“Everyone is sad about it (closing),” he said.

Customers have turned to the club’s Facebook page to share memories and lament the loss of the venue.

The stage has welcomed a variety of acts over the years, and Leder is in the process of putting together a lineup for a farewell weekend on July 26 and 27.

After that, he isn’t planning on leaving Edmonton’s business scene anytime soon, as he’s working with two partners on a new concept they hope to open downtown.

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