The community of Saint-Lambert is none too happy with the way concert promoters Evenko are handling the festivals in Parc Jean-Drapeau. Apparently, the noise is too much for the South Shore residents and they're taking Evenko to court, demanding that they turn the volume down for festivals like Osheaga and Heavy Montreal.
Saint Lambert representatives went to the Quebec Superior Court today, seeking an emergency injunction that would force Evenko to lower the volume after 7pm. According to the representatives, life is pretty much unbearable during these festivals - residents can't sleep, their windows and doors rattle, and they can't even hear their own TVs. Now, I've never personally lived on the South Shore, but this seems like it might be exaggerated just a tad.
According to the Osheaga Festival Director, they've already spent $150,000 on measure to control the sound, so I'm not really sure what else they can do, short of turning down every amp and speaker in the park, which would essentially ruin the experience for every festival goer. I mean, what's the point of going to a massive outdoor music fest if you can't leave with your ears ringing?
Parc Jean-Drapeau is managed by the city of Montreal, and both the city and Evenko are slated to present their arguments to the court either today or tomorrow. Superior Court Judge Chantal Corrivea has said he'll give his ruling on the injunction before the start of the Full Flex Force Tour, which is beginning on Friday at the park.