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Plenty of intrigue in Sound Academy’s elaborate overhaul

The Decemberists perform at the Sound Academy in Toronto on Feb. 1, 2010.

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When the people behind the elaborate overhaul of the Sound Academy concert space promise to "restore intrigue to the night," the city's police force probably reacts with suspicion, no doubt figuring that Toronto nights are plenty intriguing enough already, thank you very much.

But concertgoers who dealt with the poor acoustics and sight lines of the Port Lands-area venue are more likely to applaud any renovations. The facility is to be rebranded as Rebel, with architectural and design upgrades that promise a nightclub experience with "new levels of opulence," according to a press release from Ink Entertainment.

Upcoming concerts already booked at the Polson Street facility include October visits from Coheed and Cambria, Die Antwoord and Culture Club. As for the grand opening party on Oct. 1, no details have been released. Intrigue, remember?

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