Warehouse Fire Threatens Musician Livelihood

In the early hours of Monday, July 22, 2019, a devastating fire destroyed a warehouse on Jarvis Avenue in Winnipeg, MB. Inside were multiple businesses, including a studio space shared by a number of local bands and musicians (El Diablo, Witchtrip, Dreadnaut, Long Term Enemy, and others).


The entire building (a city block) was destroyed, and the neighbourhood evacuated. Nothing remains of the building or its contents.

While some of the musicians had insurance, it's not nearly enough to cover their losses, and some use the gear that was inside to make a living. Hopefully we can help these fine folks recover some of their losses (estimated at over $75,000) and continue to share their music with their dedicated fans in Winnipeg, across Manitoba, and throughout Canada!

Though the funds will go to replace gear, there were a lot of things that can't be replaced - guitars, amps, and pedals from the 70s and 80s; memorabilia from Osborne Village's the Zoo/Ozzy's; and merch from bands that no longer exist.


Donations and shares are greatly appreciated. All proceeds will go to replacing gear lost in the blaze. 

Thanks and be well.

About the Organizer:
Trish (Patricia) Roche is from Winnipeg, MB. Her partner, friends, and other musicians lost equipment stored in their studio space on Jarvis Avenue. Funds raised will go to replacing the gear lost (amps, PA, pedals, guitars, cords, drum kits, recording equipment). Upon withdrawl, funds will be immediately sent to Michael Wagner (who coordinated the studio rental and lost a lot of his gear) via etransfer. He and the other musicians will meet to determine how to distribute the funds amongst themselves through a fair and democratic process. 

This is an emotional time and everyone is in shock, but set this up ASAP to ensure those who want to support these guys are able to.

Donations ()

  • Ken Shiffman 
    • $100 
    • 5 mos
  • Langside Grocery and Patrons 
    • $46 
    • 5 mos
  • Holly Elliott 
    • $170 
    • 5 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • $5 
    • 6 mos
  • William Shenck 
    • $50 
    • 6 mos
See all

Fundraising team: Winnipeg Musicians Unite (4)

Patricia Roche 
Winnipeg, MB
Michael Wagner 
Michael Wagner 
Team member
Joshua Bedry 
Team member
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