Even before the pandemic, saying goodbye to live music and performance venues in Montreal happened more frequently than many of us would have liked — often due to high taxes and rising rents.\nSadly, this trend has only been exacerbated by COVID-19, as local businesses face the financial woes that accompany lockdowns and government-mandated business closures.\nThis means some of our favourite spaces for live performances — whether music, theatre or stand-up comedy — have announced they're closing their doors for good in both 2019 and in 2020.\nWe hope they find a way to make a comeback when this is all over.\nSome of them are already finding ways of doing that, whether they're reopening in new locations or under new management.\nFor now, all we can say is thank you for the good times, and for making our communities' arts scenes amazing!\nEditor's Choice: 9 Things To Do In Montreal This Weekend If You're Bored Of Netflix\nLa Vitrola\nWhat we'll miss the most: The chill ambiance, kind staff, and great sound. We'll even miss that evil set of stairs we had to brave to get in.\nPosted by La Vitrola on Monday, April 14, 2014\nFacebook\nHouse of Jazz\nWhat we'll miss the most: Funky decor, tasty drinks, a roster of Canada's finest jazz musicians, and the storied history of the famous bar in downtown Montreal.*\nView this post on Instagram A post shared by Dennis Fennelly (@dennisfennelly)\n2Pierrots\nWhat we'll miss the most: The fun party vibes with musicians playing our favourite tunes, weekend after weekend.\nView this post on Instagram A post shared by 2Pierrots (@2pierrots)\nInstagram\nKatacombes\nWhat we'll miss the most: The goth aesthetic and some of the city's best punk-rock bands.\nPosted by COOP KATACOMBES on Wednesday, May 21, 2014\nFacebook\nDivan Orange\nWhat we'll miss the most: The indie music community, and the small, intimate set-up.\nView this post on Instagram A post shared by Ariel & Les Va-Nu-Pieds (@arieletlesvanupieds)\nInstagram\nL'Escalier is expected to re-open in a new location\nWhat we hope stays: Its current building is being torn down, but the owners are looking for a new venue. We hope the next place has the same hip and eclectic atmosphere with live music every night.\nPosted by L'Escalier Montréal on Saturday, October 3, 2020\nFacebook\nMontreal Improv is under new ownership\nWhat we hope stays: Instead of closing its doors, as it was fated not long ago, Montreal Improv will return in January 2021 under new ownership. We hope the new owners keep up the intelligent and hilarious acts that make this one of the best places in town to laugh out loud.\nCome laugh with us this Saturday at 9:30pm as we showcase Montreal’s funniest new acts during Indie Night. Get your tickets here: http://ow.ly/RQh150yAQdBPosted by Impro Montréal / Montreal Improv on Wednesday, March 4, 2020\nInstagram\n*This article has been updated.