R. D. SPENCER SUTHERLAND

Co-Chair
Toronto Music Advisory Council, & Board Member, Toronto Association Of Business Improvement Areas

R. D. Spencer Sutherland is Co-Chair of the Toronto Music Advisory Council (TMAC), and Board Member of the Toronto Association of Business Improvement Areas (TABIA).

He has also been a music venue owner/operator in Queen West for over a decade, and is well known for being the first to legalize street art with the creation of Graffiti Alley, for which he was awarded the prestigious President’s Award from Tourism Toronto in 2017.  He is Toronto’s leading proponent of music and nightlife, having successfully advocated for major reforms to City policies, including recognition of music venues as cultural assets in the official City Plan, implementing a robust Agent of Change principle, and overhauling the Noise Bylaws. He is currently leading Toronto’s Night Time Economy Project in association with the Responsible Hospitality Institute (RHI) and select international cities, as well as co-authoring a book on the Night Time Economy being published in 2019.

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