Promoter’s Poster Penalties

A promoter who papered the city of Halifax, Nova Scotia, with posters advertising his annual festival ended up getting papered with tickets by a local bylaw officer.

Roughly two months before his July 23-25 Evolve festival, Jonas Colter put up 400 posters in the city to promote the event outside the town of Antigonish, according to the Chronicle Herald.

A week later, he was reportedly asked to remove the advertisements by a bylaw officer and warned that he faced a fine if he failed to comply.

But the posters stayed posted and lo and behold, the weekend of the fest Colter received a visit from the bylaw officer that issued the promoter 18 tickets at $250 each, the Herald reported.

Colter said he planned to fight the tickets but city spokeswoman Kathleen Camerson told the paper that Colter was given a warning last year and knew that fines could be levied.

“I don’t think the posters came down until after the event,” she said. “They were just given a way out last year and notified that this is what the rules are … and then all of the sudden, they’re back up.”

Evolve featured local acts including Easy Star All-Stars, Pretty Lights and Dubtribe Sound System.