HiFi Club to hold month-long online art auction to prevent closure in wake of COVID-19

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Rizvi says the club would like to raise $20,000 through the auction, which will kick off Sept. 8. He said the operators of the club were intending to spend this year celebrating HiFi’s 15th anniversary. Because the club has operated as a “rotating pseudo-art gallery space” in the past, it has acquired art pieces from local and global artists. Works from Vancouver artist Ben Tour, the late Dust La Rock from California, San Diego-based illustrator Matt Luckhurst, Los Angeles art collective HVW8, Dutch illustrator Parra and Calgary puppetry artist Jane Trash, among others, will be up for grabs.

Patrons and art fans will get a chance to bid on these “iconic pieces of art from Hifi’s past” over a month-long online auction beginning Sept. 8. The auction will be held at 32auctions.com/hificlub.

While music has returned to some clubs, restrictions involving social distancing and capacity and the sort of entertainment allowed has made it tough for club owners to make ends meet. A fundraiser featuring live music and silent auction was held for the Ironwood Stage and Grill in late August and another is scheduled from Sept. 18 to 20.

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