London’s Planning Committee was in a dancing mood on Monday.
The committee directed city staff to bring forward a bylaw amendment to allow amplified music and dancing on bar patios in August and September.
The move is a pilot project designed specifically for Country Music Week.
The bylaw will cover only the downtown and Old East Village.
Since 1993, London has had a bylaw on the books that banned live or recorded music on patios with a few exemptions for businesses that were established before 1993.
Meantime, Councillors will be voting Tuesday on whether to hold a public participation meeting on the impact of a noise by law exemption for Country Music Fest.
Basically, organizers of the big event want to set up an outdoor stage on Talbot Street between the Covent Garden Market and Budweiser Gardens.
It would allow for free concerts in the core from September 8th to the 10th, and would be similar to the rules put in place for New Year’s Eve.
Instead of being forced to pull the plug at 11p.m., an extension until 1a.m. is being proposed.
Chris Campbell with Tourism London tells AM980 this would be a great way for people to experience country music.
“This was really an opportunity that we wanted to do as a host committee to create an area outside where you’d have a non-gated area the public would be able to come and take part [in], see some local, regional, national artists,” said Campbell.
Tuesday’s Council meeting begins at 4p.m.