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City Of Ottawa Closes Sunrise Afterhours
Good [+1]Toggle ReplyLink» Rebella replied on Fri Sep 26, 2008 @ 10:08am
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plant: Sunrise Afterhours - RIP
Yesterday 11:14a - Disappointed
Hello All,

It is with great regret that I announce, mere weeks before our 4 year anniversary, the City of Ottawa has closed Sunrise Afterhours at Mavericks indefinitely. Mavericks is still in business and operating during regular bar hours as per usual... it is ONLY the afterhours portion of their event calendar which has been affected. This closure comes after several years of legal battles against the City. We did everything in our power to stay open and provide Ottawa with a place to listen to top notch underground dance music.

Following a legal victory against the City which resulted in a court order that Sunrise Afterhours be permitted to continue, the pressure against us from the Municipal Government and Ottawa Bylaw, LCBO, and several downtown condominium corporations was increased enormously. The City of Ottawa was finally able to underhandedly force the closure of Sunrise.

To spare you being bombarded with the details of *how* the City was able to close Sunrise, I will only say that I personally believe it was completely unjust, there was no reasonable motive behind their actions. Other than vindictiveness at being bested in court after many failed attempts to prevent dancing past 3am, there was no valid reason for the City taking the actions they did.

I know that sometimes a few people in the club scene who are uninformed like to start the gossip and rumour mills churning just for fun, so I have to stress a few facts:

This closure was not related to any legal violations. Through the entirety of it's run, Sunrise maintained a record clear of any issues with the Ottawa Police. There was no issue of violence or drugs or building or health code violations EVER. Sunrise Afterhours and the Mavericks venue always met or exceeded every condition of the City's "All-Night Dance Event Permit". Our patrons' health and safety were always among our top priorities.

The closure of Sunrise was NOT in ANY PART, due to decisions by Mavericks management... I must be clear on that. They have always stood by the Sunrise team 100%, and went head-on against the many unjust actions taken by the city. I can not thank Mavericks enough for all the support they provided us over the years, from spending money on renovations to A/C, bathrooms, soundproofing, the hours spent on the phone and in meetings dealing with the City's unjustified "concerns"... not to mention thousands and thousands of dollars spent on legal fees alone! Sunrise Afterhours, and myself personally, owe infinite thanks and appreciation to Mavericks for their dedicated support for close to 4 years. They always went above and beyond the call of duty.

Also, I personally want to thank each and every person who came through the doors and danced their ass off to some sick Sunrise beats. Without your continued support, we would not have been going strong for close to 4 years. You were the reason we opened every weekend, and we hope that we were able to put a smile on your face and a bounce to your step at least once. :)

The Sunrise crew have not given up on our quest to provide Ottawa with their fix of cutting-edge underground beats... we merely are forced to change HOW and WHERE we bring the beats to you. Keep your eyes and ears peeled for future events featuring the talented crew of Sunrise resident DJ's, as well as mixes we will all continue to share with you. And who knows... we may be up and running again with a new venue and a new brand of afterhours before you know it. ;)


On a personal note, it is my birthday this Saturday, September 27, and I was very much looking forward to sharing with all my friends some of the incredible new music I've collected over the last little while... SOOOOO many ill selections that I know you'd go bananas for!

Heaven Nightclub has always been a good friend and supporter of Sunrise over the years. With the cancellation of my Sunrise birthday party following this latest B.S. from the City, Heaven is still showing support by inviting me to play a birthday set at Heaven this Saturday! Details are as follows:

- I will be playing the opening set from 10:00 - 11:30pm this Sat. the 27th at Heaven (400a Dalhousie @ Rideau).

- I have generously been given a guest list of 100 people! Thank Heaven! ;)

All you have to do is come to Heaven this Saturday Sept 27 BEFORE MIDNIGHT, and tell Amy at the door that you are here for Rick's birthday, and the first 100 people pay no cover charge!

Hope to see lots of familiar faces out to help me celebrate! Thank you!


I'm actually really surprised that Ottawa hasn't been declared a 'dry county' yet...
I mean they've shut down 'raves' essentially...
They put a freeze on the market on how many bars can open...
Now they shut down a legit event that, in my opinion, can help curb drunk driving?

I'm feeling lovely ! <3 right now..
Good [+1]Toggle ReplyLink» Samwise replied on Mon Sep 29, 2008 @ 3:37am
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ouch... :S
I'm feeling like mixing right now..
Good [+1]Toggle ReplyLink» Rebella replied on Mon Sep 29, 2008 @ 7:05pm
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Yeah man .. That really sucks .. =[
I'm feeling lovely ! <3 right now..
City Of Ottawa Closes Sunrise Afterhours
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