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EDM events might return to the Exhibition grounds

Posted by Derek Flack / May 5, 2014

CNE EDM Ban eventsJust weeks after a ban on electronic music events was put in place on the CNE grounds, there appears to be hope that the decision will be reversed by city council. Originally adopted by the Exhibition Place Board (in a 4-3 vote) after pressure was applied by Councillor Giorgio Mammoliti, a new motion to be put before council on May 7 asks that the board of governors be required to reverse its decision. The motion is the work of Councillor Mike Layton, who claims that it's within council's rights to override the Ex board.

The decision to ban EDM events at the CNE has come under considerable scrutiny in the wake of reports that Mayor Rob Ford is friends with Muzik nightclub owner Zlatko Starkovski, who initially pushed for the ban with a hyperbolic rant about protecting children from predatory drug dealers. That line of reasoning doesn't sound particularly convincing after reports that Ford was high on cocaine and vomited in the washroom at Muzik.

And while Starkovski has attempted to distance himself from the beleaguered mayor, the ban he pushed for always seemed backward, which it was a surprise to see it adopted in the first place. Now council will be given a chance to consider the issue more carefully. One suspects that upon doing so, the ban will be reversed.

Photo from the CNE's Facebook page.

Discussion

20 Comments

uncle buck / May 5, 2014 at 09:56 am
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YAY, drugs!
Toronto / May 5, 2014 at 10:05 am
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Thank Christ. Fuck Ford and fuck Muzik.
Al replying to a comment from uncle buck / May 5, 2014 at 10:11 am
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Like people aren't doing drugs at Muzik?
Parker / May 5, 2014 at 10:15 am
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The EDM ban stank of Ford influence peddling. Didn't the Muzik owner provide food and alcohol for 2 Ford Fests and contribute to his campaign. Ford again using his office to benefit his dodgy friends.
Just in time to be SPOOFED / May 5, 2014 at 10:33 am
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Will Ferrell Is Making an EDM Romantic Comedy

Funnyman to produce 'I'm in Love With the DJ,' set within the electronic dance music scene
Mack Attack / May 5, 2014 at 10:43 am
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Doug Ford was right. There is corruption at city hall. He just didn't know that is was Uncle Robbie.

From their Youtube show:
Doug says that they should take a look at one “sector” of Rob’s support: the “ethnic community.” “You know why you have massive, massive, support in the ethnic community? It’s because a lot of these folks have come from a country where there’s corruption and nastiness, and with you, Rob—you’re an honest guy, you aren’t corrupt.”
Remove Rob Ford / May 5, 2014 at 10:47 am
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This is great news and another nail in the coffin of His Lowness, Rob Fraud.
Mack Attack replying to a comment from Parker / May 5, 2014 at 10:59 am
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The Star srticle had a quote from an employee who said tht the owner (who is a regiistered lobbyist with city hall!) told employees taht Ford is the club's best customer and he was money is "no good" (meaning that Ford partied for free and got to ride the "party bus").

How can this NOT lead to an investigation by the ethics commissioner?
Mac replying to a comment from Mack Attack / May 5, 2014 at 11:17 am
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Don't know. Isn't that what your Project Brazen 2 is supposed to know.
Mack Attack replying to a comment from Mac / May 5, 2014 at 11:25 am
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Mac,

You appear to be confusde.

1. Brazen 2 was not my investigation: "On May 18th, 2013 Detective Sergeant GIROUX was assigned to investigate the matter brought forth by the Toronto Star and GAWKER.COM and their allegations against Mayor Rob FORD. Specifically to investigate the existence of a cellular phone containing a video of FORD smoking crack cocaine.

2. As it says above, the investigation was NOT into possible corruption and/or favourtism at city hall.
Jacob replying to a comment from Mack Attack / May 5, 2014 at 11:47 am
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When it's Rob Ford it's not "corruption", it's under the blanket of "listening to the needs of constituents."
canuckone / May 5, 2014 at 12:09 pm
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..."hyperbolic rant about protecting children from predatory drug dealers"

Put the Ford brothers on security detail... your children will be safe.
mike in parkdale / May 5, 2014 at 12:54 pm
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EDM didn't invent Sex, Drugs and Rock'n'Roll.... they just changed the music. Trying to ban youth culture never works.
Lester replying to a comment from mike in parkdale / May 5, 2014 at 01:53 pm
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RELAX no ones trying to outright ban youth culture, just trying to not have it hosted on city property.

Your EDM scene has become too POP anyways, everyones laughing at you. Whatever happened to getting on a bus at union station going to some random warehouse and dancing and partying all night long?
Chemical Brothers – Leave Home Lyrics / May 5, 2014 at 02:14 pm
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The brothers gonna work it out
chad / May 5, 2014 at 08:08 pm
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Even the name EDM sounds so cooldf
Skye replying to a comment from Lester / May 6, 2014 at 08:32 am
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Think of any music genre, and you'll find someone who thinks it's become Too Watered Down And Mainstream.

That's besides the point, anyway. Sex, drugs, and rock n' roll have always been a part of youth culture, and it always will be. And as far as I'm aware, none of the major EDM festivals have resulted in problems afterward (fights, vandalism, the like).

The ban smacks of The Brothers Ford once again granting favours to their business buddies-this time Muzik, who no doubt hated seeing all those festivals they weren't earning a nickel from.
mike in parkdale replying to a comment from Lester / May 6, 2014 at 11:17 am
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It's not "my EDM scene" Lester. I'm an old fart who used to ride the shuttle buses out to warehouse parties back in the mid-90's.

Sure us old timers had to walk uphill though waist deep snow just to hear someone play an 808 in a firetrap warehouse - but that doesn't make it better than what kids are doing now.
j-rock replying to a comment from mike in parkdale / May 6, 2014 at 12:41 pm
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It actually does. The parties were orders of magnitude better back then, and "EDM" is just awful to listen to. I hear what you're saying about nostalgia, but some things are just objectively better. That said, the kids shouldn't be denied a venue for their fun just because a slimy club owner lets the mayor do blow in his establishment. This is good news. And Mammoliti is the worst person at City Hall not named Ford.
Skye replying to a comment from mike in parkdale / May 6, 2014 at 02:25 pm
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You forgot to add the part about the wolves following us. Following us right through the uphill climb through waist deep snow!

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