Updated on March 12, 2013
Pilot program to open up live performance space wins unanimous council approval
Vancouver city council has unanimously approved a pilot program to roll back restrictive rules and regulations that were strangling live performance in small venues across the city.
Under the old rules, it was virtually impossible to hold a live performance in any venue other than a club, theatre or other venue built for “assembly,” with all that entails for fire exits, permitting and licensing.
Organizing a live performance in art gallery or other small venue could take six or seven permits and $1,000, if it was possible at all.
Event organizers, musicians and gallery operators lined up to praise the new rules, although many wished they went further.
Under the pilot program, steered to a conclusion by Councillor Heather Deal, small event organizers will be able to have up to two events a month at a given location, obtain a licence from a single person at City Hall and pay much reduced fees.
The main complaint: two few events are permitted. That will be reviewed during the course of the pilot program.