May 5, 2010

Dear Mayor Robertson,

You are cordially invited to attend the premiere of the documentary No Fun City at the DOXA Documentary Film Festival on May 10, 2010 at 9:00pm at the Pacific Cinematheque, 1131 Howe Street, Vancouver.

We believe that viewing this film, which highlights the struggles of Vancouver’s independent music scene, will help the city with its mandate to “fulfill its creative potential and become a center for innovation in North America”. – Vision Vancouver, and we would be honoured to have you in attendance.

We understand that as mayor you recognize that the arts in Vancouver are underfunded and under-supported and are working to improve this. We as the arts community recognize that this city is blessed with an exceptional, driven, creative music scene, which wants to be a respected part of the fabric of this 'world class' city. Unfortunately, this community is too often neglected and is constantly battling to remain integral. While entertainment for a certain segment of society has flourished, the independent underground community, which continues to put Vancouver on the map has been pushed aside and struggles to stay alive.

The Granville Entertainment District represents one example of what is considered nightlife in Vancouver, and excludes a large faction of the city’s young people who seek independent art, music, and entertainment in safe, legal venues and galleries. Over the past few years a large number of live music venues have been shut down due to city regulations such as liquor licenses, zoning, building codes and noise bylaws. These factors make it virtually impossible for legitimate live music venues to exist, to be created, or to stay open. This past year the problem seems to have escalated and we have seen a large number of venues close. Losing these places has had a detrimental effect on individuals and has further polarized the communities they belong to which is illustrated in the film.

We would like you to watch No Fun City in hopes that it will help you empathize with a community that wants to exist here legally and freely as actual contributors to what makes Vancouver really Vancouver. Also, we urge you to take the subject matter into consideration during the regulatory review period this year and help make Vancouver a diverse well-rounded city that answers to all its citizens.

Please RSVP to


The directors of No Fun City,
Melissa James & Kate Kroll
Make Believe Media
301-145 Keefer St
Vancouver, BC V6A 1X3