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Lethbridge live music venue closes its doors

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WATCH ABOVE: The Slice Bar and Grill is closing down after more than a decade in business. The Lethbridge pizzeria and music venue operated for 11 years and owners say it's always been a struggle to stay open. Sarah Komadina has more – Aug 23, 2016

The Slice Bar and Grill is closing its doors after 11 years in business.

The news came as  shock to many in Lethbridge and on Facebook, people made comments about the memories they made there.

The venue was known for taking risks with newer bands and helping them to build a following.

Richard Charlton plays in the local band Rainbow Patrol. He says The Slice closing is a big loss.

“For any musician here in Lethbridge, (The Slice) has always been the place to get into – it’s that one place where you need to get a gig (at) and there is just a sense of accomplishment,” he said.

The Slice had live music just about every night of the week.

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“There is so many great places here in town to play, but The Slice was just a great community,” Charlton said.

The bar’s owners didn’t want to do an interview but told Global News it’s been a struggle to keep their doors open since they started.

The Geomatic Attic has also been bringing independent musicians to Lethbridge for many years. Director Mike Spencer said he can relate to The Slice’s struggles.

“I think Lethbridge is at that bit of an awkward point, where we need to have a few more people who really support the music scene for venues to survive,” Spencer said.

The Slice will have one more show on Saturday to say goodbye to over a decade of memories.

“A lot of sad people… something at the core at the local music scene is no longer,” Spencer said. “A lot of us that would go there (plan to) support the guys at The Slice and wish them well and thank them for all they’ve done.”

 

 

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