Hermann's Jazz Club seeks donations during Omicron wave | CTV News – CTV Edmonton


One of Victoria’s iconic music venues is reaching out, asking for financial help from its loyal followers and patrons.
Hermann’s Jazz Club has been showcasing local, national, and international blues and jazz musicians for over 40 years in B.C.’s capital.
Recent COVID-19 restrictions have forced the jazz club, which has a restaurant and ticketed venue licence, to operate at 50 per cent capacity.
The reduced capacity plus surging COVID-19 cases means in-person ticket sales have been decimated as of late, leaving the club scrambling to keep the lights on.
Hermann’s has been livestreaming concerts by donation since the beginning of the pandemic, as well as hosting live audiences as permitted by B.C. health regulations.
But the club says revenue streams have dwindled in the past two months, and government subsidies aren’t enough, leaving management no choice but to turn to the public for help.
"It’s our first and only appeal through the pandemic," says Ashley Wey, manager and artistic director at Hermann’s Jazz Club.
"This wave has hit us the hardest and what we are asking for really is support to help us with operational capital to help us be able to pay staff and get food to serve."
Wey says the appeal is a short-term measure and will help keep musicians working
"We’re all really worried about the artists and how they are going to pay rent, but also the venues have been hit so heavily, it’s really tough to keep going."
Hermann’s Jazz Club is run by the Arts on View Society, which was incorporated in December 2016 for the purpose of preserving the iconic jazz club.
The society’s goal is to enhance the public’s appreciation of jazz music through all-ages live performances.
Wey first started coming to the club at the age of nine with her dad, who was friends with Hermann, and later became a musician and entertainer herself, travelling around the world performing.
She continues to perform at the club as well as mange it, saying it’s like her second home – and for the community, a cultural center.
The cause is close to her heart.
"We aren’t planning on shutting down, but this is a cry right now from us asking the community for support and donations to keep us going."
If you want to support Hermann’s Jazz Club and the musicians that perform there, donations can be made through the Arts on View Society
For more information on Hermann’s Jazz Club, upcoming concerts, or livestreaming events, visit the club’s website
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