Nobody seems unhappy that the Town produces Movies in the Park or organizes the Sand Castle Festival but Loft owner Ken Prue objects to the Town competing with Concerts. A case in point is this coming weekend when there are seven significant entertainment events mostly produced by not-for-profit organizations yet the Town is putting on a Concert at the Community Centre that directly competes. Ken has put his case into an email addressed to all Councillors and the local media. He starts by saying: “Cobourg is rich in entertainment and cultural offerings. This weekend 3/27 to 3/31/2019, many mainstays of our cultural landscape present first rate entertainment”. Then he lists the seven competing events and the Town’s competing event – a Rolling Stones Tribute band, The Blushing Brides.
Competing Events (as listed by Ken)
- Northumberland Learning Connections (16 years) presents the kickoff of its 6 week series on NFLD Thurs & Fri Not-for Profit
- Northumberland Players (41 years) presents ‘Silent Sky’ Thurs/Fri/Sat Not-for-Profit
- Imaginate by Greenwood Coalition (13 yrs ) presents on issues of poverty and homelessness – Sat at Victoria Hall Not-for-profit
- Northumberland Orchestra and Choir (41 years) presents Blues icon Molly Johnson in a fundraiser concert Not-for-profit
- The LOFT (5 years) presents Jazz Concert (Five Weeks for Miles) Friday in the final of a five week series
- Les AMIS (36 years) presents International viola sensation Rivka Golani in concert at The LOFT Not-for-profit
- Oriana Singers (50 years) presents River Reflections, their annual Spring Concert Not-for-profit
I wish to offer that The Town of Cobourg should not be in the business of presenting entertainment that is competitive with private enterprise and the community’s not-for-profit sector.
The March 30 weekend is packed with an array of quality entertainment that would be the envy of any community, large or small. The presence of the Blushing Brides Concert is a) unnecessary b) misuse of public resources c) not consistent with the Town’s mandate.
I would like to propose that Cobourg Council consider a motion that this kind of activity is not the mandate of the Town and should not be undertaken by Staff or elected officials of The Town.
This proposal fits right in with the current discussion on the cultural plan and speaks to Dean Hustwick’s closing remarks at the recent public meeting on the cultural plan where he said that the plan would help Council decide on the Town’s role in Culture.