MOOSE JAW, Sask. — A Saskatchewan fitness studio is moving after multiple noise complaints from Canadian rock legend Burton Cummings.
Kyra Klassen, who owns Dance Fitness with Kyra in downtown Moose Jaw, says she’s ready for a fresh start and the studio is changing locations May 1.
“It’s disappointing it had to escalate to this. However, we are super thankful and feel blessed by the outpouring of support from our community,” Klassen said in a message Friday.
“We are excited to be able to move forward and get back to doing what we love to do: serving the fitness needs of Moose Jaw and area.”
Klassen said she moved into the mixed-use building nearly one year ago. The Guess Who singer lives in a neighbouring residential building.
There were no problems for the first five months, but then Klassen said she started to get messages, complaints and visits from Cummings himself.
Klassen has said she worked with her landlord to add soundproofing to the studio and didn’t think she was breaking any laws.
Police eventually laid six noise bylaw charges. She is to appear in court April 18.
The dispute also led city council to look at zoning in the area. During a council meeting March 11, a motion was unanimously approved to prepare a report re-evaluating how business licences are issued in areas of the city’s commercial district where there are also residential properties.
A manager for Cummings has said the musician had no comment on the situation.
Klassen said she was shocked the dispute went so far. To keep everyone’s best interest at heart, she realized she couldn’t share the land with the singer.
“We are moving and super excited about it,” she said.
“Moving forward and starting fresh!”
Kelly Geraldine Malone ~ The Canadian Press