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City council reverses ban on EDM events at the CNE

Posted by Derek Flack / May 9, 2014

EDM Ban Reversed Ex TorontoCity council voted 31-4 on Thursday afternoon to reverse a ban recently placed on EDM events at the Exhibition grounds. The ban, which was initially voted in by the Ex board, drew controversy in the wake of reports that it was less about protecting young ravers from their own drug-fuelled partying than about helping out Muzik Nightclub, which also operates on CNE grounds.

Muzik, you will recall, has also placed host to some of Rob Ford's more legendary party nights, and the speculation is that mayor and the club's owner, Zlatko Starkovski, are friendly. Councillor Mike Layton, who was responsible for getting a possible reversal of the ban on council's agenda, noted that the decision was a rash one. Judging by the strong oppositional vote -- only Councillors Crawford, Grimes, Pasternak and Robinson voted to keep the ban in place) -- this view was widely held by his fellow councillors.

"All the evidence I have seen says that holding these events at Exhibition Place is safer," Councillor Gord Perks said after council vote. Perks, a member of the Ex board and opponent of the ban from the get go, has a point. EDM events on city property have additional security and safety measures not required of private venues. With Ford in rehab (maybe, probably) and sensibility restored on this issue, perhaps now I won't have write the word Muzik for a while. One can only hope.



E / May 9, 2014 at 09:09 am
Perhaps the council can now move forward with a ban on Muzik
KevinN / May 9, 2014 at 09:25 am
Useless. Bring more electronic music to this city. It needs it.
Deborah-Lynne Brown / May 9, 2014 at 09:31 am
As a person from outside of Toronto, (northern ontario), i would have liked to have EDM explained...i still have no idea what that is...and i have read the article twice. Is EDM a type of party or an event organizer?
jaaaaaaaat / May 9, 2014 at 09:36 am
why would council allow MDMA events?
rave on replying to a comment from Deborah-Lynne Brown / May 9, 2014 at 09:39 am
Drugs. Your kids are coming to Toronto from the Sioux to do drugs.
law replying to a comment from jaaaaaaaat / May 9, 2014 at 09:42 am
I suppose we should shut down all Toronto clubs, because drugs are consumed fairly regularly at those venues.

EDM Edamucation replying to a comment from Deborah-Lynne Brown / May 9, 2014 at 09:51 am
Its a skinny white middle aged man in a big mouse helmet using a fancy Ipad app, duping kids wearing neon wife beaters and Days of Thunder Harveys issued fake Ray Bans into thinking they are listening to "music".
Jacob / May 9, 2014 at 09:57 am
I guess someone's not going to be getting the VIP treatment at Musik anymore...
ee82 replying to a comment from Deborah-Lynne Brown / May 9, 2014 at 10:10 am
EDM = Electronic Dance Music. Basically 'raves' commeralized.
McRib replying to a comment from Deborah-Lynne Brown / May 9, 2014 at 10:20 am
its a catch-all term for dance music. house, techno, drum&bass, breaks, grime, dub step, etc etc etc etc.....a kinda lame term the kids use these days.

here is what happened the last time council tried to ban raving in Toronto:

I was there, and wow does that seem like a long time ago. And down to Turbo later for the post-party :P
Not rave on replying to a comment from Mayor McGrabass / May 9, 2014 at 10:23 am
Not op, but I think Sioux refers to Sioux Lookout, asshat.
tnt / May 9, 2014 at 10:47 am
So.....council will bitch and whine about how much more we're all at the mercy of fire and diminished emergency response time due to Fords closing(all his idea and fault of course) of one fire station...then they go ahead and oblige the taxpayer to pay for presence of Police and EMS(overtime rates i'm sure ) at events known for their roots in a drug based culture? Emergency response workers that could be better directed towards ,oh, I don't know, other potentially emergency based situations that aren't the creation of counsel in the name of fun?
shawn replying to a comment from tnt / May 9, 2014 at 11:21 am
The event organizers pay for presence of Police and EMS, not the taxpayer.
tnt replying to a comment from shawn / May 9, 2014 at 11:38 am
Yes,at the actual event, not outside of the event, surrounding area
JAAAAAAAAT replying to a comment from law / May 9, 2014 at 12:09 pm
MDMA is an empathogenic drug of the phenethylamine and amphetamine classes of drugs. I was punning around
o.chow replying to a comment from Mayor McGrabass / May 9, 2014 at 12:23 pm
so the Sue is nearby Liberty Village???????????and kids will have access to medical because of Orange.remember to vote Winn
D-Monic replying to a comment from law / May 9, 2014 at 01:30 pm
We should also close the public parks and high schools... you know, other public places where kids to drugs.
Al / May 9, 2014 at 01:34 pm
This is just like "Footloose".
Matt replying to a comment from EDM Edamucation / May 9, 2014 at 02:17 pm
Clearly you are uneducated and no nothing at all about the genre or probably music at all. That would be one artist who plays limited songs from a few genres which are part of EDM. That is like saying that all metal music is dudes with long hair and piercings screaming and banging their instruments with no rythm, or that all hip hop is black people speaking half gibberish and failing at rhyming. The truth would be that there are tons of talented djs and musicians who play a variety of different 'EDM' genres, just like there are lots of talented bands and hip hop artists. As well there are lots of genres that are considered EDM besides house, trance, etc. Educate yourself before you talk, or should I say edamucate, maybe then you'll understand it.
Worse than EDM itself replying to a comment from Matt / May 9, 2014 at 03:30 pm
The EDM lobby is out in full force.
Bong Man / May 10, 2014 at 09:06 am
I'm 38 years old and love EDM..this events have way more safe guards then just any event...drugs are always going to be part of the matter what event you go to..hip hop..rap..rock..etc...EDM event organizers all know that this genre of music brings all walks of life..and with that...yes drugs enter the picture..but organizers have take all the steps to ensure safety amongst the croud...medical staff on everywhere...unless you've been to one of these events..don't pass judgement...not everyone is on drugs...but everyone is happy and safe dancing the night away!
JAG / May 10, 2014 at 10:49 pm
As a resident who has put up with the excessive noise from Echo Beach, the Flats, Fort York, and the Muzic Club, I like many others are really really tired of the continual interruption in my home.
The pounding bass that rattles the glasses in our cupboards, weekends lost where you cannot open the balcony door or sit on your own patio because of the loud banging festivals, the drunken asses that pour out and vomit on our steps, urinate on our property, break off our trees, pull out our flowers and shrubs....really I am so excited that the insensitive idiots on city council who live no where near our homes make this decision at our expense. There was a reason for the ban. Nice work!!
SexualAssaultAdvocate / May 17, 2014 at 01:34 pm

If you think it's just the girls being sexually assaulted, guess again. The preferred victim of choice in Toronto is hetrosexual males.

This is what Raves are:

Pay paticular attention to the section titled drug use (it's a ways down, near the reference section).

If I've errored in posting these links, rest assured, I'll be back with the corrections.

Do not let your children attend all age Raves (re-named EDM music festivals), which were speerheaded by Councillor Mike Layton.
SexualAssaultAdvocate / May 17, 2014 at 01:58 pm
One more time,

Pay paticular attention to the section titled "Drug use", then decide whether its appropriate (it's NOT) to send your underage teen to one of these events, hosted by people with bad attitudes towards drug use (" are gonna use drugs anyways..."). Serioulsy, what was Councillor Mike Layton, and Gordon Perks thinking. Oh right. Rob Ford is friends with Muzik, so we should put teens lives in jeopardy because we hate Rob Ford. Morons.
Another bad case for EDM / May 26, 2014 at 04:16 pm
OOH OH!!!!

29 sent to hospital from Avicii concert in Toronto

The Avicii concert kept Toronto EMS scrambling Saturday night, with at least 29 people ending up in hospital to be treated for illnesses related to alcohol or drugs
Sam replying to a comment from Another bad case for EDM / May 26, 2014 at 04:24 pm
They really need to stop making these ALL AGES events. Kids can't get into a bar or club to watch a band or show where alcohol is served. Why are they making EDM events all ages? A recipe for disaster
Andre / May 26, 2014 at 11:52 pm
EDM really needs to say "Goodnight!".
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