Concert livestreams not able to take place amid recent Ontario emergency brake rules

Angering venue owners across the province

Concert venue owners across the province are frustrated with the new Ontario “emergency brake” order, as it has outlawed live streaming shows for the second time this year.

Doug Ford’s “emergency brake” plan, which was implemented on Thursday in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19, prohibits virtual concerts from taking place in the province’s venues for the next four weeks.

Phoenix Concert Theatre co-owner Lisa Zbitnew explains to CP24 that she does not understand why the live music industry must suffer while film and television shoots are able to continue across Ontario. She explains that it does not make sense to her why a movie crew can gather in a studio, but a production crew can’t film inside of an empty concert venue.

In January, similar measures took place, forcing several livestream organizers to cancel or delay shows under Ford’s stricter stay-at-home orders.

As a result of the “emergency brake,” the Horseshoe Tavern has postponed a whole slew of livestreams, including virtual concerts from the Trews, Terra Lightfoot, and Hawksley Workman.