Support The Fort

47 Comments by The Fort - Nov 4, 2012

Wow! We have raised $20,000! Incredible. Really incredible. Thank you.

Here is the scoop on where we are right now and are immediate plans for the future....

Next week the café closes and so right now our efforts are mainly going into business continuity and close down planning. As well of course as organising the BEST 4 DAY PARTY EVER!

Once the café has closed, we are going to take Christmas off. Let the dust settle and allow the emotion and excitement to sink in.

The last 6 years have been the most rewarding and hard-working years of out lives. The next step needs calm minds and good, clear thinking.

We are excited for 2013 and thrilled to be apart of a community that cares.

Keep the support coming, spread the word and enjoy the holidays!

Benji, Jon and Melissa.



Raising money to build a new, sustainable venue dedicated to fringe and amateur performance in Victoria, BC.

The Fort Street Cafe has been a hub of fringe entertainment and live music for 6 years. The stage has hosted more than 400 different bands, over 3,000 performers and has helped direct over $300,000 directly into the hands of the artist.

Sadly, circumstances have changed and we are soon to be without a home. We have a business model that works and we want to continue providing the service we offer.


With your support we hope to raise enough money to open a new location. We will continue to provide opportunity to a wealth of artistic talent and continue to nuture amateur performance and creative expression. Strong communities start from grass roots and echo respect. The Fort Street Cafe supports a positive and diverse downtown community and we always will.


Our goal is to reach $50k in donations and incentive based contributions. This money will be directly invested into building a sustainable and unique venue for downtown Victoria.

We have the experience, desire and belief that we can make this happen. We have a solid business plan and 6 years already under our belts. We are dedicated to our city and the people who make it what it is.

Please donate, please spread the word and please remember that together we can make a change.

Yours sincerely,

Benji, Jon and Melissa

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Supporting a positive and diverse downtown community.

Contributors' Messages

  1. I will miss the Fort but look forward to your future pad.

    Morgan , Dec 14, 2012

  2. Soooo looking forward to the new "Fort"

    Skot , Dec 7, 2012

  3. Hi ho silver lining...

    Chris , Nov 26, 2012

  4. Support the Fort. Save the calabrese breakfast sandwich.

    James H , Nov 26, 2012

  5. So happy to be able to help support a great local music venue! Thanks for all the good times - can't wait to see the new place!

    The Ghostbirds , Nov 23, 2012

  6. I'm gonna live forever!!!!!! - (Fort Street Cafe/Will Arnett)

    Joel , Nov 17, 2012

  7. The Fort Street Cafe has been amazing to local musicians, providing an important and supportive venue for creativity, artistry, and growth. Looking forward to the new incarnation!

    Anonymous , Nov 16, 2012

  8. Fort Cafe is the bomb-diggity!

    Rance , Nov 15, 2012

  9. When faced with bad news, the Fort focuses on the positive. They have positively supported fringe arts and entertainment and positively remember the patrons who come in. I positively support the Fort!

    Micha Marie , Nov 13, 2012

  10. Yeeeeeeeeowwww! The Fort must live!

    Jamal , Nov 13, 2012

  11. You have created such a warm and supportive and fun environment at the Fort! We are rooting for you and looking forward to your continued success in your new location!

    Hewko Family , Nov 13, 2012

  12. The Fort has created a beautiful and encouraging environment for all types of artists around Victoria to share and grow within. Definitely something to cherish and fight for :)

    chelsealyne , Nov 12, 2012

  13. Stoked to see people lining up to support you lovely individuals. It's places like the fort that make me happy to come back to my old stompin' grounds as often as possible!

    Bronlegu , Nov 11, 2012

  14. #supportthefort

    jenarrrr , Nov 10, 2012

  15. Good luck guys!

    Kelly (Tower of Dudes) , Nov 9, 2012

  16. Support the Fort!

    Chris Gabel , Nov 9, 2012

  17. best of luck with the venture

    Uncle Ray. , Nov 9, 2012

  18. SUPPORT THE FORT - (It's pay day)

    Noah Yesah , Nov 9, 2012

  19. The Fort has always had such a great atmosphere, and I'm not talking about the sweet basement digs. The people on both sides of the counter have made this place what it is. Victoria needs you!

    CC , Nov 9, 2012

  20. <3

    Aleris , Nov 8, 2012

  21. You guys are awesome! Hope you raise the funds, yo!

    Anonymous , Nov 8, 2012

  22. The Fort is my fave venue in Victoria! Hope to play there next time I'm in town.

    Tessa K , Nov 8, 2012

  23. Showing my love for The Fort!

    Tammara , Nov 8, 2012

  24. Fight the fun police!!

    Paul G , Nov 8, 2012

  25. I hope next time i'm in Canada you'll have a fantastic new venue even more successful than the last, Good luck!

    Oliver , Nov 8, 2012

  26. Have been to the Fort only a handful of times. Benji, nice guy, was always the consummate host. Both sons (Geoff & Al) have played there. We wish you all the best in this endeavour.

    Heather Howe , Nov 8, 2012

  27. Donated a hundred! Hope my friends will too.

    Sara , Nov 7, 2012

  28. We can do it! Good luck, Jon et al!

    Jessica , Nov 7, 2012

  29. I've played on that stage many times, and I'd really like to have other people do the same in the future!

    Anonymous , Nov 7, 2012

  30. Don't leave us Fort Street quiz.

    Kate , Nov 7, 2012

  31. Love you guys! Hope we can keep you alive.

    Steve C. , Nov 7, 2012

  32. Music is a big part of my life, I like what The Fort stands for!

    Naomi , Nov 7, 2012

  33. Just a little bit of extra help--see you guys soon!

    Lisa&Colin , Nov 7, 2012

  34. The Fort venue had terrible ventilation.

    Geoff , Nov 7, 2012

  35. The Vic I want to live in includes places like The Fort and the people who brought it to us.

    Michael S , Nov 7, 2012

  36. Support The Fort!

    Mica Strong , Nov 7, 2012

  37. Good Luck!

    Lynnette , Nov 7, 2012

  38. Good luck and god speed!

    Andrew Wilkinson , Nov 7, 2012

  39. It's fantastically important to support this motley crew of amazing people.

    Liam , Nov 7, 2012

  40. You guys are the best!

    Helen , Nov 7, 2012

  41. good luck chaps!

    Duncan , Nov 7, 2012

  42. Witchman supports the Fort!

    Witchman , Nov 7, 2012

  43. Support the Fort!

    Dan Pollock , Nov 7, 2012

  44. Quiz Night is the best – after visiting my family and friends, it is the one thing I always make time for when I go back to Victoria to visit. This is not an exaggeration.

    KateShep , Nov 7, 2012

  45. Let's do it!

    KimV , Nov 7, 2012

  46. Lets get the ball rolling!

    Anonymous , Nov 7, 2012

  47. Way to go guys!!Good luck!

    Anonymous , Nov 4, 2012