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Elliot Lake council hosting special meeting to license Uranium Day events

Elliot Lake council hosting special meeting to license Uranium Day events

Elliot Lake council will host a special meeting today to expedite approval for liquor licencing at two of its biggest events.

City CAO Daniel Gagnon says the meeting had to be called to meet the legal requirements for licencing both the Street Dances and the Drag Races.

Gagnon says the dances are set for the Canada Day weekend, and during the races at the Elliot Lake Airport drag way from Friday, July 15th to Sunday, July 17th.

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Possibilities to be discussed for scaled-down Uranium Days event

Possibilities to be discussed for scaled-down Uranium Days event

The parking lot of Centennial Arena is being considered as a potential location with multiple artists performing

City Council will consider three alternatives for a scaled-down version of the Elliot Lake Uranium Days thus summer

The consideration comes after Council looked an initial plans for the event, which is planned to be held for the first time in three years.

The revised proposal comes to Council as part of a special virtual meeting planned for Tuesday night after an initial discussion on March 28.

This time, recreation and culture manager Karilynn Kluke has provided council with three budget options and three venue alternatives for this year’s dance. 

Her recommendation is that the city spend an upside limit of $25,722 to host the event in the Centennial Arena parking lot and to allow staff to book available entertainment based on council’s recommendations.

In years past, prior to COVID-19, the street dance had a variety of headlining artists and, as expected, name artists have generally sold more tickets for the events.

In her written report, Kluke noted, “In past years, the street dance has been hosted in the downtown lower plaza and inside Centennial Arena.

“Council has also suggested we consider the location of Mt. Dufour for the venue,” she continued.

Following a few week’s research with a promoter and booking agencies, the city has been provided with a few different artists options still available for the July 2 event.

The highest price category is for one to two name artists and an event ticket price of $35 in advance, $45 at the door. 

For a mid-scale artist, ticket prices would be considered at $30 in advance and $40 at the door and that would involve an up-and-coming artist, or someone less-current than a top flight offering. 

The third of the three artist budgets would be for a non-headliner, possibly  local or regional entertainer with ticket prices of approximately $20 in advance and $30 at the door. 

Stage and production required for all three categories would be identical.

The downtown lower plaza, Mt. Dufour ski hill parking lot and the arena parking lot are the three suggested dance locations. Each has its own assets and shortcomings.

Kluke added, there are a number of factors which will impact the expected net loss ranging from $25,722 to $22,231, and $15,536 for the lowest category.

She recommended an upset limit of $28,669 for the budget which covers all three categories. 

With time for booking growing short, council’s choice will likely be made at Tuesday night’s special meeting to be livestreamed on the city’s website at 7 p.m.