C'est What? Comes Out On Top

Published: 2004-10-05
Sometimes you just can't let the man get you down. The owners of one of Toronto's most beloved music venues C'est What? have found that out for themselves. When the landlord of the building that Nia @ C'est What? is housed in tripled the rent on the music room, the owners were forced to let the space go. The last show at Nia took place on August 21, 2004.

Established for nearly two decades, C'est What? has been the stage for many Toronto musicians to share their talents. An important part of the local music scene, many residents are stunned to hear that Nia is no longer. But thankfully, there is a light at the end of the tunnel for Toronto's local music fans.

With hundreds of letters of support from patrons, C'est What? president George Milbrandt is not going to let one man stop the music from playing. "Landlords should not be the arbiters of our culture," he said, echoing the sentiment of many of Toronto's residents. And Milbrandt is taking steps to make that statement all the more true.

One of the rooms in C'est What's restaurant is set to become the new home of Toronto's indie artists. Not only is C'est What's music room back in business, but the venue will be outfitted with a 24-track live remote recording facility. This means that any live show at the club can be transferred to a recording with hi-fi album quality.

C'est What? is even taking it one step further. While Torontonians thought they would be completely without the music venue, the absolute opposite is now true. Every single live performance at C'est What? will be streamed through www.cestwhat.com for not only Torontonians to hear, but the entirety of the global community.

On October 12th at 9:00pm, the owners of C'est What are throwing a 'thank you' party for all their supporters, with performances by the Ladybird Sideshow. Shows at the new C'est What? music venue are expected to start up in mid-November.

Writer: Jaclyn Arndt



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