So last night at work I got a message from Raz saying “Did you hear what happened to Nick?” I had assumed that she was referring to the tragedy of Nick’s father passing on Tuesday. A few hours later I found out that it was even worse: Nick died Wednesday night. A mainstay of the Montreal music scene, Nick brought this city hardcore music for the past ten years with Trigger Effect, a mixture of music and sideshow insanity with Fear and Loathing, battle of the bands where the bands would actually battle each other and also created an amazing concert/comedy/party venue in the form of Turbo Haüs. To say something like “he will be missed” would be a massive understatement.

He was a friend of 9to5 (dot cc) and he was even closer to our friends The BCASA and Bones Malones. Our thoughts go out to his friends, family, band and anyone who’s ever had the pleasure to know him. It might be hard to listen to, but if you’re up for it Walter and I sat down this February at Turbo Haüs with Nick to talk about stories from the road, his music and his life and a bunch of laughs. I think it gives you an idea of how much fun and how awesome he was. If you’re up for it, give it a listen.

R.I.P. Nick Babeu.


Trigger Effect will be arranging a memorial of sorts, details will be announced on their Facebook page.