Toronto Mayor John Tory is giving dozens of live music venues a tax break as the pandemic has muted shows across the city.
Tory announced Thursday that 45 venues will receive a combined $1.7 million in property tax relief to help cope with the financial challenges of COVID-19.
The Cameron House, the Garrison, Horseshoe Tavern, Burdock, Lula Lounge and the Painted Lady are among the establishments that will benefit from the program.
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Tory said the measure is meant to help the city’s concert halls stay open as physical distancing restrictions have slashed capacity.
A press release says the program will stay in place beyond 2020 to ensure the “long-term viability” of Toronto’s live music sector.
It says city staff will analyze the impact of the measure and report to council next year.