Remembrance Day: 2 years since the loss of Matt “Dutch” Garner [News]
Montreal, QC – On November 11, 2011, Montreal and Canadian hip-hop were robbed of one of it’s biggest supporters. Matt “Dutch” Garner, founder of EscapeMTL, a respected concert promoter, a talent manager and HipHopCanada’s Montreal rep, was one of 2 people tragically and senselessly killed in an apartment fire.
News of the unsolved case in mainstream media died out roughly 6 months after the murder had taken place. It’s now two years since Matt has passed but his friends and family continue to keep his legacy alive. The growth of Montreal’s scene is a testament to his hard work and dedication for over a decade. Ironically, his death falls on a day we’ve already set aside for remembrance; defined by the country as a date for “remembrance for the men and women who have served, and continue to serve our country during times of war, conflict and peace.” Not quite on the same scale but you’d be hard pressed to find someone in the Montreal scene who won’t tell you Dutch didn’t serve it with all that he had, and then some. Please check out these videos below celebrating Matt’s life: