Montreal live venue collective organizes relief fund for staff

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A collective of independent Montreal music venues has formed with the hope of helping staff members who were negatively affected by the current COVID-19 pandemic.

The collective has set up a GoFundMe page with funds being distributed to venue employees who lost their jobs after the Quebec Government mandated that all non-essential businesses close.

The collective includes Barfly, Casa del Popolo, La Sala Rossa, La Vitrola, La Sotterenea, L'Escogriffe, Quai des Brumes, Bar Le Ritz PDB, The Diving Bell Social Club, Brasserie Beaubien, Resonance Café, and Turbo Haüs.

It is estimated that the venues involved host on average 2500 live shows a year and that approximately 135 individuals will benefit from funds raised.