Montreal DIY venue Katacombes to close by year's end


Independent D.I.Y. Montreal music venue, Katacombes announced on Facebook that it will be closing its doors for good at the end of the year.

The 325-person venue has been in operation for 13 years and although many would categorize it as a punk/metal/alternative space, it catered just as much to the mainstream music and arts scenes.

Katacombes, in its current incarnation, opened at the corner of St. Laurent and Ontario on November 3, 2016 and was the brainchild of staffers from L'X, a former all-ages concert hall. The idea was to build a a co-op that primarily fostered Montreal's D.I.Y. and underground musicians and artists.

In a Facebook post this week, co-op members did not specify what triggered the impeding closure. That said, the surrounding neighbourhood has been subject to redevelopment as of late with empty lots and older buildings being transformed into office and condo towers. 

A series of farewell concerts is in the works for the month of December. Katacombes will officially close for good on December 31.