Les Bobards music venue faces new threat of closure

A letter the bar's manager received from the city says the venue can't have live music, DJs, a dance floor or charge a cover.

Letter from city says bar can't have live music, DJs, a dance floor or charge a cover

Vincent Stephen-Ong is a musician who often plays at Les Bobards. He started a Save the Plateau campaign after the bar got slapped with a hefty fine following a noise complaint. (Courtesy Vincent Stephen-Ong)

The Plateau-Mont-Royal bar that got slapped with a hefty fine back in October for having live music is once again fighting the borough.

Les Bobards received a $1,250 fine during a performance of the Kalmunity Vibe Collective after a noise complaint. Band member Vincent Stephen-Ong started an online campaign to “Save the Plateau” following the incident, but the borough hasn't changed its mind.

“We received a letter from the city just yesterday,” says bar manager and booker Rabah Mammouche.

“The letter basically says that our certificate of occupancy doesn’t allow us to ask for a cover charge, doesn’t allow us to have a dance floor, to advertise a lineup of shows and doesn’t allow us to have a proper stage set up for live bands. So basically it means no live music and no DJs at Bobards,” Mammouche continues.

He says it may be related to the fine they got, but notes that there have been no additional encounters with the police since October.

Mammouche says he doesn’t understand what the problem is. The bar has been operating as a venue since 1995, once they got a permit from the Régie des alcools, des courses et des jeux to open.

“Prior to getting this licence the Régie notified the city and the city had 30 days to oppose the deliverance of that licence. They did not,” he says.

As a bar that has live music or DJs on each of the six nights it’s, Les Bobards will likely have to close if it is no longer permitted to have either.

“We’re going to have to fight the city,” Mammouche says.

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