The Toronto Music Industry Advisory Council proudly released for public consultation its draft Toronto Music Strategy. The draft report will, once official adopted by City Council, become Toronto’s first official Music Strategy for the years ahead.
On Friday, August 21st, the Toronto Music Industry Advisory Council submitted to Municipal Licensing & Standards, City of Toronto, its official submission on MLS’ review of the City’s noise by-laws, Toronto Municipal Code, Chapter 591, Noise.
TMAC, the Music Sector Development Officer and Municipal Licensing & Standards will be holding a public consultation for Toronto’s music industry regarding the City’s noise by-law review. This will be an opportunity for the music industry to voice their opinions on how noise by-laws are structured and enforced in the future.
The efficacy, sensibility and fairness of Toronto’s noise by-laws is crucial to building a ‘music city’. And, the Toronto Music Industry Advisory Council, along with the Music Office, is working to ensure that the music industry’s voice is being heard.
I am very grateful and honoured to be elected as TMAC Co-Chair (alongside Co-Chair and City Councillor Michael Thompson), and I look forward to serving TMAC and the City in this capacity as we work together to define what music and culture means to Torontonians and our music industry.
On Tuesday June 2, 2015, I attended the Downtown-Yonge BIA unveiling of its Music Strategy for Yonge St. Highlights of the BIA’s strategy include a reclamation and showcase of historic signage and an app-guided walking tour for legendary music venues such as Friar’s and Le Coq D’Or. One of the most important aspects of the strategy is the proposal to bring music incubator programs to Downtown Yonge. In partnership with Coalition Music and the City’s Economic Development & Culture Division, an Artist Management Program is set to launch in November 2015.
I will be attending Salon West’s May salon for a conversation about arts, culture and John Tory’s Music Cities Plan. Toronto needs these types of conversations as the city continues to evolve – conversations about how arts & culture policies are shaping Toronto life.
On Saturday, April 25th, the City of Toronto held its first Music City Town Hall, hosted by Wavelength and held by the good folks at The Garrison. More than 200 people came out to hear Mike Tanner, Music Sector Development Officer, City of Toronto, discuss how Toronto is going to transform itself into a “music city”. But what does a “music city” mean? And can Toronto get there?
I am grateful for the invitation to attend A Conversation with Arts & Culture, presented by Terry Nicholson, Director of Toronto Arts & Culture Services, City of Toronto.
The presentation will:
Update Toronto’s arts and culture leaders on the 2011 Creative Capital Gains: An Action
Plan for Toronto. Review the recommendations completed to date and next steps;
Introduce new staff at Toronto’s Economic Development & Culture and update you on EDC’s reorganization; and
Provide an opportunity to share thoughts on current issues.
The City of Toronto creates the Toronto Music Industry Advisory Council. Is this a new age for the Toronto music industry? We are very grateful and proud to be invited on the council.