Patio days will finally be possible again when Ontario enters step one of reopening this Friday, June 11. While that alone is enough to say cheers to, Toronto's City Council just greenlit a pilot project to allow live music at patios this summer too.
However, only three neighbourhoods are participating in the pilot — Beaches-East York, Davenport and the Danforth, according to the June 8 City Council agenda.
City Council just approved a pilot for live music on patios this summer! We're moving quickly to get details in pl… https://t.co/dP7w8I2ODG— Brad Bradford✌️ (@Brad Bradford✌️) 1623280936.0
The Toronto Music Advisory (TMAC) pitched the project "Getting the Band Back Together: A Pathway Forward for Musical Performance on Patios," to bring local musicians and bands to patios in these three areas as an opportunity for the music and entertainment sectors to recover from the losses of the pandemic, says a letter to City Council submitted on May 3.
"Our City looks forward to once again enjoying music and performance," read the member's motion, drafted by councillors Brad Bradford and Ana Bailão. "Reigniting Toronto's arts scene will be crucial to rebuilding a vibrant city and invigorating the small businesses and establishments that make up our Main Streets."
The City has also announced details about last call times on patios. Most patios facing main streets can serve alcohol until 2 a.m. and must close by 2:45 a.m., and patios on side streets will have a 10:15 p.m. last call.