St. Lambert and Montreal to address loud noise complaints from music festivals

Jun 21 2018, 7:09 pm

Montreal is very loud in the summer.

Albeit very accommodating, Parc Jean-Drapeau’s location in the middle of Montreal and Saint Lambert has caused for long-standing noise complaints among its South Shore residents during festival season.

The festival’s sounds on the man-made island has echoed over to the South Shore.

Consider the sound levels from these main events at Parc Jean-Drapeau: Osheaga, La Ronde, Piknic Electronik, Heavy MTL, ’77 and îleSoniq, not to mention the constant amount of people there all summer, the island is essentially constantly loud from May until October.

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According to a Tweet from Ville Saint-Lambert, Parc Jean-Drapeau, Saint-Lambert and the city of Montreal have set up a joint committee to solve the noise complaint problem.

A technical committee has been appointed to measure the volume of live music and sound on the island during this summer’s festivals. They will propose a maximum noise level which will be enforced in spring of 2019.

Three sound monitors will be installed, one will be centralized at Parc Jean-Drapeau, one near Habitat 67 and one on the edge of residential properties across the Saint-Lawrence River.

From July to September, the results from the sound monitors will be posted online in real time in 15 minute intervals.

Representatives from all municipalities will then find common ground on a steady noise level so that South Shore residents can enjoy their summer in peace and quiet while the parties at Parc Jean-Drapeau rage on.

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