It was run by a great man. Loren Lieberman saved it from death and brought it back to life. Just in time for my former partner and me.
It was at the beginning. The Ghost Walks was a baby born to tour Hamilton’s downtown core. Which led to the Haunted Hamilton shop once on James Street South. It served as a headquarters for before closing just 7 months later proving there are sometimes bad ideas. Live and learn. But it created many great memories.
I adjusted the original tour from 2003 to include the then standing Tivoli Theatre. With Loren’s blessing we talked about it’s ghosts. Like the famous disappearing man of the 1920’s, an obsessed woman and the little boy in the vent.
Then sadly the worst happened. Same year the HH shop opened and closed (2004) a piece of the Tivoli Theatre collapsed in on itself. The front lobby and its most historic structure was demolished by city contractors.
I remember the day. In the shop only 10 blocks away when I heard the news. Rushed down to see. Noticed the P shaped hole in the side of the structure looking over York Blvd. Then soon afterwards contractors appeared to finish the job.
A nice city worker saw a group of us gathered. He asked, “Would you like a brick?” Of course, and he passed it over the wall. That keepsake survived my divorce and sits on my office cabinet to this day. I can see it now peaking over the side.
I don’t know if anyone’s to blame. Some pointed at Loren, others at owner Sam Sniderman (of Sam the Record Man fame), and others at the then problem with Hamilton keeping its historic buildings. None of which would bring back the Tivoli.
So today we can only reminisce…
CLICK HERE for a Ghost Walks account of the very haunted Tivoli Theatre