“Overwhelming” reaction to review of bylaws throttling live performance scene

“Overwhelming,” “exciting,” a “game-changer” coming the nick of time: those were among the reactions from arts community activists at council Thursday in response to a little-noted report intended to slash the red tape throttling the live performance arts scene.

Stick-handled by Vision councillor Heather Deal, the report will produce bylaw changes by as early as January 2011 to make it easier for live performance venues — which have been closing with disheartening regularity– to grow and thrive.

A key problem to address: rigid liquor provincial liquor rules that force arts venues to be either “liquor primary” or “food primary” — or take a one-time event permit — if they want to serve a drink.