I’m okay with the start time of most concerts. If the headliner gets on around 9 and plays to the (almost standard) 11 pm curfew, I can be home by midnight–late, but doable for a work night and certainly fine for a weekend. But anytime a gig has a start time after 10 pm (especially on a weeknight), I’m out. I gotta be up at 6:30 the next morning and I have no interest standing around waiting for a band to come on at 10, 11 or even later. I suspect that I’m not the only one.
Toronto’s NOW magazine has this modest proposal. Instead of pushing last call further and further back, start gigs earlier.
A motion by the city’s Economic Development and Culture Committee was approved in November to look into extending bar licensing hours past 2 am to help music venues succeed.
But here’s a thought: what if we started concerts earlier?
While later opening times are beneficial to club culture, and having legal options for those who want to rave till dawn is a great idea, when it comes to strengthening Toronto as a live music city, extending licensing hours isn’t much of a fix. The core audience who stay out till 1 or 2 am regularly will be the same group who stay out till 4 am, so extending last call won’t necessarily bring new people to bars or live performances.
However, starting shows at, say, 8 pm and having them end at 11 pm on weeknights could make the city a place that more diverse groups of people can enjoy. Right now, those with day jobs often can’t enjoy the music Toronto has to offer.
I like it. You should read the whole article.