Warwick Hotel (Toronto)

The Warwick Hotel Toronto [1] was a hotel located at the corner of Dundas Street East and Jarvis Street, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It was notable as being the site of significant dance band performances until approximately 1960, after which it became notable as a location for burlesque entertainment.


The hotel was initially a higher end hotel in downtown Toronto, featuring many of the dance bands of the 1940s and 1950s. The building was constructed in 1910 and originally known as the Royal Cecil Apartments.[2] It was later known as the Royal Cecil Hotel and was owned by millionaire contractor James Franceschini. During World War II, Franceschini was interned, based on his alleged association with Mussolini.[3][4] As of the 1950s, the hotel was owned and renamed by Harry Sniderman who, with his associates, at one time owned three of the four corners at Dundas and Jarvis. Sniderman was a former semi-professional athlete, once regarded as the best fastball pitcher in Canada.[3][5]

Author Hugh Garner made his home at the Warwick Hotel for a period, and referenced the hotel in his pseudonym, Jarvis Warwick, when writing pulp fiction.[6]

As of 1960, the hotel had changed its focus to burlesque entertainment, and was notable as having one of Toronto's earlier crossdressing personalities, Allan Maloney, hosting the evening in his alter ego as Brandee.[7][3]


  1. The Chef and Restaurant Database, Warwick Hotel. Retrieved 2011-04-29.
  2. Seamsartless, Historic Toronto photos on this day, March 13, 2010. Photo and caption of Warwick Hotel. Retrieved 2017-11-16.
  3. Uncredited, In the midst of thieves and murderers, pimps and prostitutes, was the greatest aggregation of do-gooders in the city, April 25, 1970. Unsolved Murders|Missing People Canada, in relation to Faye Mclean - Toronto, ON - Murdered - 1968. "Background of the Walsingham Hotel and the surrounding area from that era", January 18, 2012. Retrieved 2017-11-16.
  4. Vincenzo Franceschini (1890-1961), who changed his first name to James, was interned at Camp Petawawa for one year (1940-1941). He had founded Dufferin Construction in 1912 and two years later became a millionaire, at the age of twenty-four, nine years after arriving in Canada from Italy. Franceschini was later exonerated, with then Minister of Justice and future Prime Minister Louis St. Laurent acknowledging that Franceschini's internment had been in error. James S. McCreath, James Franceschini, The Man and his Passions; June 26, 2015. Retrieved 2017-11-16.
  5. Bill Gladstone, Obit: Sports hero Harry Sniderman (1976); December 11, 2012. Retrieved 2017-11-16.
  6. Reading Toronto, Rare Reads: Hugh Garner’s Forgotten Toronto Novel, Waste No Tears (1950). Retrieved 2011-04-29.
  7. Christian Cotroneo, Allan Maloney, 80: Cross-dressing showman. Obituary, The Toronto Star, April 13, 2007. Retrieved 2011-05-13.

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