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Toronto Music Advisory Submits Official Position to City re: Noise By-Law Review


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*Despite the above image, we do not consider the current sounds and “noise” of Toronto’s music industry to be excessive.


Toronto Music Advisory Council makes Official Submission to City of Toronto re: Noise By-Law Review 


Andreas Kalogiannides | August 26, 2015

On Friday, August 21st, the Toronto Music Industry Advisory Council  (“TMAC”) submitted to Municipal Licensing & Standards, City of Toronto, (“MLS”) its official submission on MLS’ review of the City’s noise by-laws (Toronto Municipal Code, Chapter 591, Noise).  For background on the City’s noise by-law review, read this blog post.

The submission is TMAC’s official position on Toronto’s current noise by-laws, and includes specific recommendations for how the by-laws could be amended to address the impediments (e.g. difficulties obtaining liquor licensing and noise exemption permits after a single noise complaint; higher business costs from having to address an overly subjective complaint & enforcement process) facing the Toronto music industry. The goal in making these recommendations was to balance the rights and needs of business & residents with those of music-related business (note: in defining a ‘music-related business’, no distinction is drawn between full-time live music venues, venues who occasionally showcase live music, and venues who showcase recorded music).  

The recommendations were developed not only as a result of extensive internal discussion amongst TMAC members (specifically through its Business Development and Advocacy working groups), but also as a result of external consultation with music venue owners, festival organizers and patrons of live music.  

For example, at a public noise by-law consultation, organized jointly by TMAC and MLS, and targeted to the concerns of the music industry, TMAC heard how Toronto’s noise by-laws and their enforcement negatively affect the growth and profitability of businesses which rely on music, including perspectives from the top brass at NXNE and venue owners such as those of The Phoenix (The Globe and Mail wrote an article on the consultation, as did Now Magazine).  TMAC guided the conversation at the meeting through this document, which contains a summary of TMAC’s main recommendations, and from which much of its subsequent official position originated.

MLS will take TMAC’s written submission – along with those submitted by other stakeholder groups – into consideration when crafting its report to City Council on October 19th, 2015.

As well, MLS is still accepting written submissions from private individuals on noise by-law issues.  Submissions may be submitted to Jessica Walters, Senior Policy and Research Officer, MLS, jwalter2@toronto.ca. You may also complete a noise by-law survey, found here.

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