Musician Including Caribou, Junior Boys, Alexisonfire's George Pettit Rally Against Proposed Hamilton Casino

Musician Including Caribou, Junior Boys, Alexisonfire's George Pettit Rally Against Proposed Hamilton Casino
There's currently a proposal to build a new casino with a concert venue in downtown Hamilton, ON, and many members of the city's music community aren't too happy about it. So much so, they've formed an alliance against the proposed project and issued a statement denouncing it.

Among the artists involved with this campaign are Caribou, Junior Boys, George Pettit of Alexisonfire, Young Rival, Sonic Unyon, Steven McKay of Bruce Peninsula, Pick a Piper, Wax Mannequin, Young Empires, Jeremy Fisher, Cowlick, Catherine North Studios, the Dirty Nil, Monster Truck, Max Kerman of Arkells, Bill Majoros of the Foreign Films, and dozens more.

The casino bid comes from Hard Rock Group and Carmens Group Inc. According to the anti-casino statement, "As musicians, promoters and music venue owners we have a very real concern that a large entertainment complex, run, in part, by a large American-owned corporation, could potentially harm local, independent music venues and promoters."

They argue that the casino would detract from the city's vibrant and locally minded arts community. If the casino is approved without a citywide referendum, they promise to boycott the new music venue.

Read the full letter and the lengthy list of supporters below.

To whom it may concern,

We are all local musicians, promoters, venue owners or work for a local music business. We are concerned about the impact of a downtown casino on our local music scene. At a recent public information session concerning the effect of a possible casino expansion into downtown Hamilton, city council was advised by Dr. Hannah Holmes, a professor of Economics at McMaster University that a casino would very likely hurt local, independent businesses. The current revival of our wonderful downtown is due in part to a growing number of small local businesses and a strong and vibrant arts community.

The recent proposal by the Hard Rock Group and Carmens Group Inc. for a downtown casino suggests that a live music venue will be a large component of their facility. As musicians, promoters and music venue owners we have a very real concern that a large entertainment complex, run, in part, by a large American-­‐ owned corporation, could potentially harm local, independent music venues and promoters. As local independent businesses who do not have the advantage of an exclusive partnership with a gambling monopoly, we are concerned that this development will not compete on a level playing field and harm some of the many businesses who have already invested in the downtown core.

Casinos in cities across North America have been built as self-­‐sustaining developments that use music and other forms of entertainment to prevent people from leaving or utilizing other amenities within the surrounding area.

To be clear, we do not take issue with anyone wanting to build more and larger music venues in Hamilton, however we believe that a large corporation may not be sensitive to our city's musical history, nor care about its impacts on local arts in general. As such, we are stating that should a downtown casino be pushed through at Council without a proper city-­‐wide referendum we would choose to neither play at it nor promote for it.

Collectively,

Michael Keire/ Threshold Recording Studio Lee Reed

Adam Bentley/ The Rest

Terra Lightfoot
Doobie Freaks

Young Rival

Junior Boys

Sonic Unyon

Lou Molinaro/This Ain't Hollywood Jessy Lanza
Mike Renaud Homegrown Hamilton
Ollie/ Beautry Industries Aaron Sakala/ Lee Reed Cowlick

Casbah
Ace Piva

Mike Trebilcock

Drew Smith

Caribou

Pick a Piper

George Pettit/ Alexisonfire

Orphx

Max Kerman/ Arkells

John Caffery/ Kids on TV

Young Empires

Wax Mannequin

Canadian Winter

Bill Majoros/ The Foreign Films

Steven McKay/ Bruce Peninsula

Tor Lukasik-­‐Foss

Sandeep Bhandari

James Tennant

Ken Inouye

New Hands

Catherine North Studios

Mike Simon

Haolin Munk

Illitry

Jeremy Fisher

Aaron Goldstein

Dark Mean

Kojo easy Damptey

Chore

David Dunham/DAVIDS/DivorceVideo/Don Vail Cam Malcolm

Toledo

Secret Heights

The Kettle Black

Matt Jelly

Monster Truck

Juke Wilson

Sarah Good

Brad Germain

Sianspheric

The Caretakers

Thom Gill

Greg Santilly
San Sebastian

Jamie Smith

The Dirty Nil

Earth Wind and Choir Magic Shadows Annie Shaw
Social Divorce

Electroluminescent

Piranha Entertainment

Monster Fever

You, Me and the Machine

Tom Shea

Trio Arjento

Slender Loris

Crop Failure

glassEYElashes

Pucumber Sasssquash Family Band Steve Hanson In Transit

The Safety Collective

TV Freaks

Paul Hogeterp

The Baltimore House
Darcy Hepner

Astrid Hepner

Tom Wilson
Harlan Pepper

Turkey Rhubarb

BEARD

Chris Logan / Anxiety / Goodfellow Records Dan Rivero – promoter
The Plain Steel Jamie Shea

OurSis Sam

Steel Gold

Roots 2Leaf Project Dave Reed
Paul Penney

Patricia Speakman

Mike Hannay / Anciients The Steeltown Spoilers Herd Of Elk

Other Songs Music Co. Matt Paxton

Scott Orr
Timid The Brave

The Pre­‐Nods

FRANKIE & JIMMY

Spooky Astronauts Drawing Club Shelley Woods
Sam Klass

DJ KIKIDY

Caleb Collins / Circle Takes The Square

Northern Metal Management

Joe Rico / Sacrifice

Dave Marini

Cessna

Crop Failure

Fire End Water

Horse Glue

CA Smith

Craig Argyle / The Saints are Coming

Hammer City Records

Schizophrenic Records

Greg Brisco

Kevin Bell/ Black Mountain Music

Donna Lovejoy

Kyle Bishop / Grade

Jamie Ryan Downey/ No Shoes & One Sock

Alex Zafer­

Mitch Fillion / southernsouls.ca

Jason Van Gronignen

Matt Fleming

David Montour

Mitch Bowden

Weekend Riot Club

Sexbeast

The Monarch Project (Jo Boudreau)

Motëm

Stephen Foster/ The Crawlin' Kingsnakes, Simply Saucer Homegrown Hamilton

Spherical Productions

Blind Mule