The Downie Bar
Paying homage to his roots but more notably to one of his greatest influences in music, owner, Sean Finter upon completion of a personal vision and project, respectfully decided to tribute the name of this Franklin House space in the basement after legendary Canadian rock band, The Tragically Hip. Specifically honoring lead singer, Gord Downie who was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer in 2016, and continues to strum on the heartstrings of all Canadians even after his death on October 17, 2017, at the age of 53 in Toronto.
Not a single guest of The Downie Bar to date has not been down with it! It breathes new life into an area of the House that had never been used for entertaining, let alone showcased in the way it has been artfully restored. It offers a cozy edge in its finished rawness, original beams and exposed pipes. Pressed tin and reclaimed wood trims and frames out relics and old windows sought to appeal to the vintage of what has been Franklin House over the past century.
The Downie Bar was designed with multiple meeting uses in mind. From board meetings and breakout sessions; and strategic coaching to training (gym facilities with two full bathrooms) are just a few of these special elements. Wired for sound throughout and housing two large screens, makes for a perfect space for a private screening, corporate video filming ability, or simply retreating. However, be warned that your belief in which you might conveniently get lost in the basement of The Downie Bar has the potential to be short lived!