No more live performances @ L’Escalier Montréal?

Back At The Chicken Shack (Jimmy Smith 1960) was recorded here with Brian Downey feat. “Pedro” Ullmann @ L’Escalier Montréal THU 12 JULY 2012, a hot night it was.

Bad news though, coz the venue remains closed to live performances since June 2013. Please show your solidarity with this petition to reinstate live performances @ L’Escalier Montreal. The delay by the City of Montreal seems arbitrary knowing the venue has been fully sound proofed and was ready to reopen in July 2013 yet remains closed because of which these cats have lost four shows this summer with no recompensation or replacement whatsoever.

Amazing and unique in Canada on the B3, Laszlo Ullmann is somewhat depending on gigs in Montreal because of his hospitalized brother. Brian Downey on the drums has no other player he locks in like he does with this organ player, and both are hitting the big 7 next year. Looking @ the caliber of these musicians it’s just such a loss that they have nowhere else to play. Needless to say, there is usually a lot of very multi-cultural formations and Canadiana happening @ that same venue, and its presentations have helped a lot of up and coming musicians into their career and gave tongue & groove ( a place to develop and test some of their newer original songs.

Please sign + show that you do not tolerate this unnecessary delay of live music operation – thank you also for sharing with your friends. This is the petition to reinstate the live performances permit for L’Escalier:

Knowing that L’Escalier staff spent all venue savings of $ 25 000 on sound proofing and, that, situated just vis-a-vis of the University of Québec à Montréal UQAM, L’Escalier is one of the most open minded assemblies of progressive ideas and respectful exchange that one can find in Montreal – about what is this government harassment, really? “Language police”? Also interesting in this context is of course Montreal’s Pots-And-Pans-Protest, being an expression of household opposition to a new assembly bylaw that required a permit and routing for demonstrations bigger than 50 participants, and the utter police brutality while students protested rising tuition fees, shocked and outraged by the documented arrogance and corruption both in the province of Québec and municipal government in Montréal.

A look @ the map makes the line of argumentation of the City of Montreal look even more unsubstantiated, as L’Escalier is located just east of the “Quartier Des Spectacles”, and just west of “The Village”, which is also known for its live entertainment:,0,2048085423841463080&ei=EWwnUuWrM5DmqAGv_IHICA&sqi=2&ved=0CL8BEPwSMA0

Believe it or not, but in the 15 years of programming live concerts, L’Escalier Montréal NEVER RECEIVED ONE COMPLAINT about the music being too loud.

Find out more:

petition city council:

Thank you kindly for your time and effort!

In this video we have Brian Downey on the drums, Laszlo “Pedro” Ullmann on the organ (notice the wooden Leslie speaker beneath the window). All concerts are also updated here:

From “The Leslie speaker is a specially constructed amplifier/loudspeaker used to create special audio effects using the Doppler effect by rotating the speakers or a sound-directing duct. Named after its inventor, Donald Leslie, it is particularly associated with the Hammond organ but is used with a variety of instruments as well as vocals.”

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