Wayne Scanlan, Ottawa Citizen
While Lansdowne Park survived the year’s Escapade Music Festival, the jury is out on a return engagement.
Capital Ward Coun. David Chernushenko has reservations about the Glebe neighbourhood as a suitable place for electronic music concerts, feeling that Glebe residents tolerate enough commotion from sports events and “amplified activities of all kinds,” Chernushenko said Monday, via email, a day after the weekend festival at Lansdowne.
“There is a breaking point, and it would be irresponsible and unfair at a human level for the city to allow it to be crossed,” Chernushenko said, adding that “several dozen people” from Old Ottawa South and East “reported to me that their houses were shaking, notably on Sunday night, after the main stage was closed down and the closing acts were moved to the Aberdeen Pavilion.”
The councillor, who was active all weekend responding to constituents’ noise concerns, wants to consult emergency responders, on-site staff and local residents before thinking about future EDM events on Bank Street. In past years, Escapade has been held at Rideau Carleton Raceway, soon to be home to a major casino and entertainment venue.
“I never did feel that Lansdowne – surrounded by residential communities with no significant buffer – is the right place for electronic dance music or any other music genre that relies heavily on deep base,” Chernushenko said.
On the whole, Chernushenko felt that concert staff responded well to expressed noise concerns, using their directional speaker systems and base drawback technology to control outward vibrations.
Regarding medical and police issues, the councillor said he was troubled that so many resources have to be expended to keep people safe at a festival.