Published on June 4th, 2018 | by Alan Cross


A city councillor is pissed over an open mic night for a very silly reason

Every once in a while, a bunch of musicians in Richmond Hill, Ontario, get together for an open mic jam. Because they’re in the town’s Ward 5 (as in the political division), they call their event the Ward 5 Jam.

This is not sitting well with Karen Cilevitz, the Ward 5 councilor. She insists that the jam change their name because only she can use the term “Ward 5.”

Steffi Goodfield and Matt Bergman, the organizers of the Ward 5 Jam, received a voicemail form Cilevitz that said “If Matt Bergman and you in any way name your event — which does not have my sponsorship or my authority — as the Ward 5 Jam … I will take legal action against both of you. This is not a joke.”

The CBC provided this copy of the voicemail.

So what’s the big deal about calling something after Ward 5? Apparently, because this event isn’t “positive”–whatever that means.

Read the full story at the CBC. (Via Tom)

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is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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One Response to A city councillor is pissed over an open mic night for a very silly reason

  1. Maybe they should call it the Karen Cilevitz Jam!

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