Meeting planned to discuss Afrofest

An overview of the 27th Annual Afrofest in 2015 at Woodbine Park. PHOTO: Beach Metro News file photo

Ward 32 councillor Mary Margaret McMahon says she will host a meeting with affected parties on March 23 to discuss the decision to cut Afrofest’s festival days in half.

The city decided this year to only issue the Woodbine Park festival a one-day permit, instead of the usual two, citing noise and time violations in previous years. Afrofest organizers contest the violations and say they are being unfairly targeted and discriminated against.

A petition has been launched and supporters have been pressuring city officials to change course.

Tuesday, McMahon said the city would not be changing its mind, but in a statement yesterday said she was organizing a meeting.

“I have coordinated a meeting on Wednesday March 23rd with members of the Toronto Music Advisory Council, staff from the Mayor’s office, Economic development and Municipal Licensing and Standards, as well as the organizers of Afrofest to find a resolution to this issue,” reads the statement posted to her website March 16. “I want to ensure that music continues to animate our parks and that all festivals abide by their permits.”

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