We’re sure by now you’ve at least heard whispers of the news – as of last Friday morning the city voted not to enter into any agreements with electronic dance music promoters for events held on the Exhibition grounds. The motion was passed in an effort to “enhance the safety of the kids”, Councillor Giorgi Mammoliti explained.
“[We’re] talking 5600 kids, many of them taking ecstasy on government lands owned by the taxpayers, I just think it’s wrong to be sending that message,” Mammoliti said. “I don’t see the logic in that, if the private industry wants to have the venues in a private location then so be it.”
Despite the city’s intentions, the ban on EDM music has spawned tremendous backlash and has even led to a #BoycottMuzik trending hashtag on Twitter. Many opponents of the new regulation feel that Muzik’s owner, Zlatko Starkovski, was involved in the ban for purely selfish reasons (namely, to increase attendance at his venue – which is also situated on CNE grounds). There is currently an online petition in circulation, which argues to keep EDM at the grounds. This petition currently has over 4,700 signatures.
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