In a statement made on the Victoria House Concert B Facebook Group, Victoria House Concert B host Andy Briggs announced that he has “recently hit a bit of a glitch, in that an adjacent neighbour has complained to the City Bylaw office which has notified to tell me that house concerts and kids club are not permitted.”
Briggs is currently seeking legal advice and looking for ways to revive the popular house concert group.
The Victoria House Concert B has been a big proponent of local music and has hosted hundreds of shows ranging from small up and coming artists to the likes of David Gogo, John Mann (of Spit of The West) and Neil Osborne (of 54-40). 100% of ticket sales went directly to the musicians performing. With attendance of each show reaching upwards of sixty people, that is significant financial support for independent musicians. The House concerts also often support local food banks as attendees are encouraged to also donate a non-perishable food item.
A similar city bylaw issue initiated by a neighbour complaint led to the shut down of Merlin’s Sun Home Theatre in June 2015.
Below is the full statement.
Victoria House Concert B: https://www.facebook.com/groups/VHCBinfo/