Festival turns to public after band has van stolen in Montreal
The 9th edition of Montreal's punk rock festival, Pouzza Fest, took place this past weekend. Festival headliners included Against Me!, The Planet Smashers, and Andrew W.K.
Burlington On. punk rockers The Penske File were also on the bill and played a show at Foufounes Electriques on Sunday night.
Unfortunately, on Sunday afternoon, the band had their van stolen from a spot in the Quartier des spectacles.
The van contained the band's equipment, passports, cash, and personal items.
According to a Facebook post by Pouzza Fest, the van is a 2002 navy Ford E350 with Ontario plates, has a large crack across the windshield, and a rusted, dented passenger-side sliding door. The post suggests that one of the suspected thieves has been caught but the van has not yet been recovered.
Pouzza Fest Facebook page
A GoFundMe page has been set up for the band to help them recover. Despite the theft, members of The Penske File remain optimistic claiming, "our collective spirit is resilient" in a post on their Facebook page.
The Penske File is not alone when it comes to having their gear stolen while gigging in Montreal. Since the early 2000s, Iggy Pop and The Stooges, The Dears, Hedley, Camper Van Beethoven, Elliott Brood, Lower Than Atlantis, and Black Halo are just some of the bands that have reported vehicle and/or equipment theft while in Montreal. Although most bands are insured, most insurers refuse to cover claims seeing as the vehicles in question were left unattended.