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Surviving In A COVID Red Zone: Montreal’s Wheel Club

Regular readers of this blog will be familiar with my fondness for bars. During this time of COVID-19 bars in Montreal are closed. Not open with limited seating and social-distancing. But closed completely. In a business that can be brutally competitive at the best of times, this forced loss of revenue will have dire consequences on the entire industry. It is feared many bar owners will not make it and will have to close permanently.

In a business that can be brutally competitive at the best of times, this forced loss of revenue will have dire consequences on the entire industry

With little room for creativity, some bars are doing their best to trudge through the pandemic and, hopefully, still be around when things show some sign of returning to normal. One such establishment is The Wheel Club in Montreal.

The Wheel Club (in French Club La Roue) is a not-for-profit live music venue featuring excellent performances in a vintage room that will take you back to its unpretentious origins as a veterans social club.

Craig Morrison – Rock ‘n’ Roll Dance Party

I have often pointed out that writing a blog does not make one a journalist. I am not a journalist. However, in true journalistic transparency I must admit that, although I have been aware of The Wheel Club for decades, I have never set foot in the establishment. It is located west of me and I tend to head east – or downtown – when seeking a beer or two.

What, then, is a music venue to do when it has to toe the line and shut its doors? The wise folks at The Wheel Club have turned to the Internet

What, then, is a music venue to do when it has to toe the line and shut its doors? The wise folks at The Wheel Club have turned to the Internet. In an effort to pay the bills, a hefty schedule of events is available online, with the opportunity to donate via PayPal. No audience, only the minimal number of technical experts, and the performers.

This coming Wednesday, December 16, 2020 the band is Craig Morrison – Rock ‘n’ Roll Dance Party. I have seen this group before, an off-shoot of Morrison’s Vintage Wine, and can’t recommend them highly enough. If you like a bit of vintage Rock & Roll, R&B, Blues and even swing, then you’ll love this. In addition you can help keep things afloat financially.

Here’s the link. Wednesday, December 16 at 7:30 p.m.! Drop by!

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Bad week in the world of music

Credit: ABC/CRAIG SJODIN

Thank God it’s Friday; been a lousy week in the world of music. First we lost Dick Clark – CBS obituary here), then Levon Helm (CNN here) and Greg Ham of Men at Work fame (Sydney Morning Herald here). While the first two gentlemen were legends in the music industry around the word, Greg Ham was certainly a legend in Australia. All will be missed. If I were prone to schmaltz, I’d make a “The week the music died” reference but I think I’ll let that one go.

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