Country Music Week could be rocking for a little while longer during its September nights.
The Community and Protective Services Committee unanimously agreed to giving the organizers of the biggest week in Canadian country music a two-hour extension of the city’s noise by-law during a public participation meeting Tuesday.
The three-day national festival, which is being held in London for the first time, is looking to promote its live performances and events until 1 a.m. instead of the current 11 p.m. cutoff.
The motion will now go to full council for final approval.
“That will include any encores or unforeseen delays with weather,” Tourism London’s Chris Campbell tells AM980. “It’s to accommodate programming that we have set in place which we are going to showcase to the city.”
Country Music Week will be the largest non-sporting event London has ever hosted and organizers are saying it will be promising for the city.
“There is the estimated economic impact anywhere around the $10 million mark, says Campbell. “But it’s really the fact that it’s shining a national spotlight from the music industry on London, Ontario. The potential is tremendous for businesses, local venues, and artists to grow.
Country Music Week and the CCMA Awards Show, managed by the Canadian Country Music Association will run from September 8th to 11th with music conferences and community celebrations.
The awards show will broadcast nationally on September 11th.
With files from Rana Aladdin