More rooftop fun at Bobby's

Lisa Goudy
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One of five bands to take to the Bobby's Place roof on July 27, 2013, The Bromantics had the audience up on the dance floor and singing along during its 40 minute set. Times-Herald photo by Lyndsay McCready

Music is returning to the rooftop of Bobby’s Place this year.

“Basically it’s going to be the same thing as last year,” said Kevin Haakenson, owner of Bobby’s Place Olde World Tavern. “This year the money will go to the Y … It ran very smoothly last year and we sold out.”

The event will take place on July 19 from 5 p.m. to midnight. The Rooftop Ceilidh last year raised $1,500 for cystic fibrosis and Haakenson expects this year’s event will raise the same amount.

Haakenson asked for an exemption to the noise bylaw for to allow live music to be played on the roof at Monday’s council meeting. Under the existing bylaw, live music would need to be finished at 10 p.m.

The bylaw exemption was passed unanimously on the condition that Haakenson notify and receives approval from property owners within the one block radius of the establishment.

Last year’s event had no registered complaints. The Moose Jaw Police Service recommended if a complaint is received regarding music levels. If the noise is then deemed excessive, the police can immediately retract the permit to exempt Bobby’s Place from the bylaw.

Once again, one lane of the bus depot will be used for the event. The live music will be played from the lower roof of the pub with proper railings and a lift.

“We take the inside bus lane that’s right adjacent to our pub,” said Haakenson. “It’s more than enough room for the buses to get around us. (It won’t) be a problem. We throw on outside lights as well so it’s very visible for the buses coming around and it just goes out to the sidewalk on High Street.”

He said last year they rented a scissor lift with an operator.

“We sold 300 tickets last year. Our capacity’s a little bit bigger than that with the fenced in area, but we’d like to keep it manageable as well,” said Haakenson.

Coun. Brian Swanson made the motion to grant Haakenson’s request.

“Last year I somewhat cautiously supported this same motion with some concerns,” he said, “But having heard no concerns from the public, this year I’ll support it wholeheartedly.”

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Organizations: Moose Jaw Police Service

Geographic location: High Street

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