Special parking permit unveiled for musicians, artists

The City of Ottawa has unveiled a special parking permit for musicians and artists working at Queen St. Fare, a unique downtown music venue and food hall.

The 9,000-square-foot, high-end, licensed food hall includes a stage for live music. It opened Thursday night in the Sun Life Financial Centre on Queen Street, the former home of Hy’s Steakhouse.

City officials said Queen St. Fare will own the special parking permits and be able to loan them to musicians and artists so that they can load and unload equipment near the venue’s entrance.

Similar permits — they’ll cost $50 each — can be purchased by other city venues that frequently host musical acts.

This permit is the latest initiative from the Ottawa Music Strategy. Approved by city council earlier this year, the two-year strategy outlines the city’s commitment to the local music industry.

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