August 27, 2015


The Arts

Royal Albert to reopen in September?

It appears Winnipeg music fans could be drinking beers and seeing bands at the Royal Albert Arms again in September.

The historic Exchange District music venue and hotel has been closed since May 2011 when a water-line break flooded the basement. City crews helped control the leak, but left responsibility for repairs to the hotel because the break was located on private property.

The Royal Albert Arms hasn’t had a band on its stage since May 2011.  In the months since, the building to the left of it in this photograph burned to the ground.

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The Royal Albert Arms hasn’t had a band on its stage since May 2011. In the months since, the building to the left of it in this photograph burned to the ground. Photo Store

Owner Daren Jorgenson disputed the account, claiming the city broke a valve on an abandoned pipe, and the property has remained closed since.

But yesterday, a late-afternoon post on the Albert’s Facebook page offered some hope that the venue will open this fall. "Update: We will start booking shows again starting August 1, 2012 for dates September 7th and onward," the statement read, followed by, a "no media comment," post.

Jorgenson declined to comment on the reopening earlier this month, stating via email "there has been too much press coverage of the Royal Albert."

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