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Music returns to the home of the dearly departed Zaphod's

A new venue appears ready to pick up where the classic venue left off.

The Orienteers play at the former Zaphod Beeblebrox concert venue in Ottawa.

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The Orienteers play at the former Zaphod Beeblebrox concert venue in Ottawa.

It appears that a new music venue is picking up the torch of the recently-closed Zaphod Beeblebrox, a popular nightclub and music venue in the Byward Market that had been in operation for over 25 years.

A Facebook page for a venue called “The 27 Club” — a play both on the address of the venue and the curiously large list of musicians who have died at the age of 27 — was created for a venue in the same location as Zaphod Beeblebrox. (The page has since been taken down,

The venue has so far only been promoted by Ottawa-based concert promotion company Spectrasonic, who said in a promotional email that a new music venue would be opening this fall. Each of the five shows currently booked at the venue are being organized by Spectrasonic.

Metro reached out to Spectrasonic, but did not receive a response.

Despite the low profile, the 27 Club appears set to launch with a run of shows, featuring some well-known names in the Canadian music scene. Hey Ocean! are scheduled to play at the 27 Club on November 18, while Somali-Canadian folk singer Cold Specks is scheduled for December 2. Hardcore punk pioneers D.O.A. will perform on October 20.

Zaphod’s, as it was known, closed its doors in May, citing “uncertain economic times” as a reason for the venues closure. Zaphod’s had earned a reputation as an important venue in Ottawa’s music scene, with many high-profile Canadian artists including Alanis Morisette and Nickleback having played at the venue over the years.

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