Wavelength’s artistic director steps down amid abuse claims

The indie music non-profit's board is launching an independent investigation following an ex-staffer's allegations against Jonny Dovercourt

Johnny Dovercourt aboard the Toronto Islands Ferry. (Photo by Tanja-Tiziana)

At this summer’s Camp Wavelength music festival, one person will be noticeably absent: cofounder and artistic director Jonathan Bunce, better known as Jonny Dovercourt.

The Toronto music scene veteran is stepping aside following allegations of abuse that surfaced on June 30. Wavelength’s 10-member board of directors has called for an independent investigation into allegations made by Dorice Tepley, a former volunteer-turned-employee who was terminated from Wavelength in 2015.

“We are committed to having an outside unaffiliated person conduct an inquiry as to what happened and the appropriate action,” says Dean Williams, president of Wavelength’s board. “While that’s happening, the organization has asked Jonathan to step down to alleviate any concerns that artists or any community members might have about these allegations.”

The festival, which is slated for August 18 and 19, is scheduled to go on as planned.