Scratch: the latest live music venue to close doors

Address has long history of failed live music clubs

While the recent announcement that Saskatoon’s Scratch has closed their doors permanently may have shocked many in the nightclub, DJ and live music scene, the location itself has been something of a revolving door of bars and venues over the past 15 years.

Other establishments of 215 2nd Ave South include Checkers, which hosted punk, metal and alternative bands in the mid to late ’90s, and C-Weed’s, which also hosted live music including the C-Weed Band.

There is no word on what, if anything, will take the club’s place.

No official word on closure of Scratch

Saskatoon nightclub Scratch has quietly closed its doors this week with venue owner Neil Malik announcing the club’s closure on Facebook last night to many shocked partygoers:

It is with many emotions that I have to announce that scratch opened its doors for the last time Sunday June 24. It has been an unbelievable three years. Thank you to everyone who has supported this place time and time again

Many people have said that attendance at the club was down, even on weekend party nights, and that patrons didn’t usually arrive until midnight.

Scratch’s reputation also suffered after a 31-year-old victim died of a fatal shooting in the vicinity of the club.

There is still no official word on the mysterious closure of the venue, but an additional brief message was posted on Scratch’s Facebook page on Wednesday:

Thank You Saskatoon