Toronto City Councillors voted in favour of reversing a decision made by the Exhibition Place board that banned all Electronic Dance Music concerts from the grounds. The vote took place Thursday evening, without Councillor Giorgio Mammoliti who on the previous day said he would be boycotting the meeting due to council’s consideration of the reversal.
Councillor Mike Layton is the one who moved the motion which called for the board’s decision to be reversed.
“Let’s stick with the council direction that was given 15 years ago and host these events at Exhibition Place because it’s safer for them to be there just like we just heard from our EMS staff.”said Layton. “Because when we set the rules and the ground rules about how these events are run, what safety protocols are in place, how many police, how alcohol is served and not served to minors, and how many EMS are on site, the fire marshal gets involved and approves the emergency plan…when we’re able to set all of those things it makes it safer for the concert goers.”
Four councillors voted against the motion including Councillor Mark Grimes who told council about a bad experience his friend’s daughter had at one of the all-ages concerts at Exhibition Place.
“He called me the next day and was letting me have it for these types of events. I had no idea we were having these types of events. That’s how this all started and came to light, but to me is this the type of event we want at Exhibition Place? To me personally, no.” said Grimes.
The motion also calls for the Exhibition Place Board of Governors to conduct consultations to review safety policies and make the appropriate amendments and report back to City Council by July.