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Tonight: Celebrate the life of Matt “Dutch” Garner at Le Belmont [News]

Montreal, QC – The incredible amount of talent coming out to honor Matt “Dutch” Garner at tonight’s tribute show in Montreal is a testament to the difference he made in the local scene. He dedicated himself to supporting the Montreal hip-hop scene and was vital in the progression of some of the city’s bigger names. A year ago today, Matt “Dutch” Garner, at the young age of 29, was one of two victims in a double murder at a St. Henri condo in Montreal. The other victim was his friend Einick Gitelman.

Tonight’s concert will feature performances by a ton of artists paying homage to Matt including: Magnum, Mr. Bits, Justice, I.Blast, CeasRock, Loe Pesci, Boy6lue, NL5, Dirtwork, 4 Say, HMan, Milli Millz, Borden, 80 Rock, Full Course, NOV, Peter Jackson, Frenchi Blanco, Black Gloves and LES. The event will be hosted by Nick Furty and Justice.

Doors at Le Belmont (4483 St-Laurent Blvd) will open at 7 p.m. With a line-up that big the night is sure to start early so keep that in mind if you’re hoping to catch a specific act. Along with the amazing line-up coming out to show love to Dutch, there will be a video room showcasing memorabilia and photos from his life.

Bring your friends to this special, intimate night. For more information please contact You can find the event flyer and performance listing after the jump.

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A message from Dutch’s friend Dirtwork

From the first day we clicked and linked up it was nothing but love, we made some big moves together and you were crucial in my beginnings in the music industry…We formed a strong friendship over the years and you became a brother from another to me. To this day some people still think that we’re blood brothers, your positive energy and good vibes will always stick with me. You always showed all the up & coming local artists so much love and gave them opportunities to shine with major artists on stage. You were an innovator and helped me out in some of the hardest times of my life. I will never forget that. This is deeper than music, I will never forget all the amazing times we had. Throughout our ups & downs, we always managed to work it out and plot on the next big move. I considered you family from day one. One of the most giving and generous people that I’ve ever met in my life. I can go on & on about everything we’ve been through together…. You will be missed by the whole city. HipHop in MTL will NEVER be the same! Love you for everything you’ve ever done for me brother! EscapeMTL will live on… -Dirtwork

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Matt Dutch Garner rep’d by Success Clothing on the front page of Universe magazine in Japan. REST IN POWER DUTCH

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A message from Dutch’s friend Nick Fury

As I start posting on the blog again…. It’s been just over a month since the city lost one of it’s groundbreakers, non stop promoters of the scene , and just an amazing human to have crossed paths with period. Matthew Dutch Garner a friend, mentor, supporter and partner of mine passed away in a tragic event this pass November. I can’t lie, there’s been a huge void in everything I do right now. He was always the guy who I asked a second opinion from, always the first I would hit up with any good news I got.

On that day 11/11/11 I actually recieved some of the best news I’ve ever recieved that will definately help the scene in general. He was the first person I hit up to tell and he was amazed. I still look at that last BBM message 3:59PM “Amazing” were his last words to me.

Since that day I’ve gone through pretty much every emotion you can think of, from saying F everything I’m done, to knowing that I can’t stop because he would be crushed and dissapointed.

I send my heartfelt condolences to the whole Garner family, his close friends and comrades. He will forever be missed and no one can ever fill his shoes, everybody who he supported and supported him must come together in 2012 for him, for Paul and for everybody else we’ve lost. Dutch was so crucial in connecting so many people from different parts of the city, we must keep it rolling for him and Paul in their honour. It will never seem real, but the dream and vision that both of them had for the city is. Rest in Power, we love you fam.

Please watch and share this video that Dirtwork put together. A song that I had never heard before from Classified will now forever be an anthem for Dutch, see you in paradise and I’ll have all kinds of jokes for you when I see you.

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