Music And Patios: The Big Vote
WOW! City Council just approved a pilot project proposed by Tourism London and the London Music Office, to allow live music and dancing on downtown patios in London. This is great news because as you’ll see from the diagram below, music makes Canadians a) enjoy their food and drinks more b) return to the environment they heard it. This is great for downtown & Old East Village businesses as well as their clients!
Here’s a little more from London Music Office:
The temporary amendment proposal is part of the larger Music, Entertainment and Culture District Study. The idea comes from the Council-approved, community-built London Music Strategy. Informed through public engagement and consultation, Priority #5 sets out to “study and update by-laws.”
The inability for any form of amplified music, entertainment or dancing to be featured on patios was identified as being detrimental to the music community, restaurants, venues and music loving citizens. The principle idea is that this is a learning study and will stay within the defined borders of the Downtown BIA (Business Improvement Area) and Old East Village CIPA (Community Improvement Area).
Purpose, Outcome and Goal
The purpose of the proposal and learning study is to gain a further and deeper understanding of the effects of amplified music on commercial patios. The anticipated outcome is to establish a best practices policy to work forward from. The goal of this learning study is to create an environment for residents and businesses to live together harmoniously through a good neighbour practice.
Proposed Temporary Amendment
Within the temporary zones of the Downtown BIA and the Old East Village CIPA (see maps below), and for a period of five weeks, amplified music and dancing on outdoor patios would be temporarily allowed only on existing patios on private property. Amplified music is defined as either recorded music (e.g. radio, CD, etc.) or live performance (e.g. guitar play with vocal PA).
Parameters exist to not surpass a sound pressure of 90 decibels from the property line and to amplify no later than 11PM. Noise enforcement can occur 24/7 so complaints can be submitted at any time.
Please note: THIS IS NOT IN ANY WAY RELATED TO THE SPECIAL EVENTS EXEMPTION FOR THE STAGE ON TALBOT STREET FOR THE CANADIAN COUNTRY MUSIC WEEK (SEPTEMBER 8TH – 11TH) WHICH CAN OPERATE FOR EXTENDED HOURS PAST 11PM.
Now approved by Council, the proposed temporary amendment starts on August 24th and continues through September 30th.