Coronavirus: Toronto concert halls to receive tax relief to deal with COVID-19 – Toronto

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Toronto Mayor John Tory is giving tax relief to dozens of concert halls as the pandemic has muted shows across the city.Tory announced Thursday that 45 sites will receive a combined $ 1.7 million in property tax relief to help deal with the financial challenges of COVID-19.

The Cameron House, the Garrison, the Horseshoe Tavern, the Burdock, the Lula Lounge and the Painted Lady are among the establishments that will benefit from the program.

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Tory said the measure was aimed at helping city concert halls stay open, as physical distance restrictions reduced capacity.

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A press release says the program will remain in place beyond 2020 to ensure the “long-term viability” of Toronto’s live music industry.

He says city staff will analyze the impact of the measure and report back to council next year.

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