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#41 Bingo

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Posted 25 July 2018 - 04:27 PM

This is simply the majority owners finally putting their foot down and insisting that the minority owner stop obfuscating the entire operation from them.

The minority owner doesn't want to do that ... so she bailed and called it a "hostile takeover".

It's not complicated, and it's not a "hostile takeover" when the majority owners decide to exercise their rights as .... well ........majority owners.

 

The operation has been on skaky ground for a long time. Nothing like a feud to make some money for the lawyers.

I wonder what happened to all the money that peopled pledged (unwisely) to try to buy the building.

I saw a couple of show there when thy tried to compete with Jazz Fest. Some good acts but played to a not so full house.



#42 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 05 March 2019 - 06:53 AM

For Immediate Release: March 4, 2019
JAZZ ON VIEW SOCIETY SIGNS 5-YEAR OFFER TO LEASE & OPERATE HERMANN’S
The Jazz on View Society is pleased to announce it has reached a signed offer to lease and operate Hermann’s
Jazz Club for the next five years, contingent on raising $75,000 for improvements and a deposit on the lease.
The lease of the ground floor at 753 View Street will be effective May 1, 2019, ending April 30, 2024.
As well as Hermann’s Jazz Club, the lease includes the neighbouring View Street Social Club. At the time of
expiry there is an option to renew the lease for a further five years.
The lease is subject to Jazz on View Society raising $75,000 by April 15 for improvements and a
commercial lease deposit. Donations can be sent to 1119 Princess Avenue, Victoria BC, V8T 1L2, or
http://www.gofundme.com/Hermanns. Jazz on View is an incorporated, non-profit organization but cannot at this time
issue a charitable tax receipt.
“This in an important step in implementing the Society’s vision to preserve Hermann’s Jazz Club,
carrying forward Hermann’s amazing legacy, and to create a community-based centre, “Arts on View”, for the
performing arts in Victoria,” said Bill Turner, chairman of the Jazz on View Society.
Stephan Nieweler, co-owner of Hermann’s Jazz Club, said: “In honour of Hermann’s legacy, we are
pleased that this institution will be carried forward to provide opportunities for music lovers, young and old, to
interact and share their passion while acting as an incubator for new talent.”
“We believe in the leadership of this group [Jazz on View] to build on the legacy as we enter an
exciting new chapter for live music in the capital,” Nieweler added.
The son of the late Hermann Nieweler, Stephan Nieweler co-owns Hermann’s along with his two
siblings. Hermann’s Jazz Club was founded in 1981 by Hermann Nieweler, who passed on in 2015.
“A lot of work has gone into getting us this far, but there is much to do. Now the real work begins as
we have just six weeks to raise the $75,000 necessary to make the change over possible,” Turner said.
Hermann’s Jazz Club is the longest continuously-running jazz club in Canada. It was recently chosen as the
city’s best nightclub in the Victoria Times Colonist Readers’ Choice Awards. Three other venues are upstairs.
The Jazz on View Society is a Victoria-based registered, non-profit society formed with the goal of keeping
Hermann’s Jazz Club running.
The Society recently expanded its board of directors. These new directors bring business planning,
administration, fundraising, marketing and artistic skills and experience to the table. The Society is dedicated
to not only saving Hermann’s Jazz Club, but expanding the vision to ultimately create a new performing arts
centre in Victoria: Arts on View. For more information, see jazzonview.com.

Edited by Victoria Watcher, 05 March 2019 - 06:54 AM.


#43 dasmo

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Posted 05 March 2019 - 07:38 AM

Excellent news!

#44 Cassidy

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Posted 05 March 2019 - 07:41 AM

Victoria already has a not-for-profit Jazz organization ... it's called "The Victoria Jazz Society".

Splitting the relatively small "jazz dollar" in a city the size of the COV may ultimately prove to be an incredibly poor idea.

 

Anytime I see a not-for-profit asking for millions of dollars (in this case, 8 million dollars if you read their website) in order to buy downtown real estate ... my spidey senses start to tingle.

 

Not-for-profit nightclubs and bars seeking cash donations seem to be an idea unique to Victoria.


Edited by Cassidy, 05 March 2019 - 07:43 AM.


#45 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 05 March 2019 - 06:53 PM

well they raised $3000 today. that’s a start I guess. still some ways to go.

#46 AllseeingEye

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Posted 05 March 2019 - 08:12 PM

Victoria already has a not-for-profit Jazz organization ... it's called "The Victoria Jazz Society".

Splitting the relatively small "jazz dollar" in a city the size of the COV may ultimately prove to be an incredibly poor idea.

 

Anytime I see a not-for-profit asking for millions of dollars (in this case, 8 million dollars if you read their website) in order to buy downtown real estate ... my spidey senses start to tingle.

 

Not-for-profit nightclubs and bars seeking cash donations seem to be an idea unique to Victoria.

The Hermann's group appears to have the support of some heavy weight jazz folks in this region including some top notch performers, although this org appears to be solely focused on saving/retaining Hermann's as a viable going venue. The VJS still promotes the medium from a broader and truly regional standpoint (including promoting upcoming shows at Hermann's). That said to your point for such a limited market two "jazz" organizations would seem at first blush counter-intuitive....



#47 Cassidy

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Posted 05 March 2019 - 09:37 PM

The concept of a bar, selling an endless supply of booze (generally considered a license to print money in B.C.) doing up a Go-Fund-Me page to get even more money from their patrons than that those same patrons already spend on said booze ... and all of this to purchase real estate, fund capital improvements, and otherwise collect donations that will almost immediately go into somebody else's pocket seem to have very little to do with Jazz or Jazz fans.

 

Already their website talks about an "Arts Centre" featuring all sorts of amazing performances, from many different artistic genres ... many (if not most) of which have nothing at all to do with Jazz.

 

Empire building on the (willfully?) uninformed Jazz patrons nut.



#48 Redd42

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Posted 05 March 2019 - 10:35 PM

The concept of a bar, selling an endless supply of booze (generally considered a license to print money in B.C.) doing up a Go-Fund-Me page to get even more money from their patrons than that those same patrons already spend on said booze ... and all of this to purchase real estate, fund capital improvements, and otherwise collect donations that will almost immediately go into somebody else's pocket seem to have very little to do with Jazz or Jazz fans.

 

I don't think Hermann's makes big money from selling booze. The local jazz crowd, which skews older, tends to be sippers, if they order booze at all - seen many a tea pot at Hermann's.

 

Not that I agree with the Go Fund Me campaign....



#49 RFS

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Posted 05 March 2019 - 11:04 PM

Maybe Ryan Gosling can help out
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#50 Mike K.

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Posted 06 March 2019 - 06:10 AM

Hermann’s also includes View Street Social, the busy bar next door.

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#51 magmazing

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Posted 10 March 2019 - 04:24 AM

The Victoria Jazz Society is a reason why the place stayed open after the Nieweler brothers took control from their sister last July. The brothers even thank Darryl Mar and Ashley Wey in a statement for their help in the transition: 

https://www.facebook...96546537074479/



 



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