Sound Policy

All camps with amplified sound (larger than a Bluetooth speaker) must register with the event during theme camp registration.

Excessive sound is the most common problem for events such as ours, by attracting the unwanted attention of the property owner, neighbours, and law enforcement. We are strong supporters of Civic Responsibility and want to be good temporary residents of the community we are visiting. We, therefore, have clear rules about the level of sound during certain hours of the event.

Quiet Hours:

Hyperborea begins Thursday at noon and lasts until Monday at noon.

All subwoofers must be turned off between the hours of:

  • 11 pm  and 10 am on Thursday and Sunday
  • 2 am and 10 am on Friday and Saturday.

All other sound equipment must be kept below 80 dB at 10 meters during quiet hours.

At all other times, not specified in this policy, amplified sound must be kept below 100 dB at 10 meters.

Sound Rules for Each Day of the Event:

Amplified sound is not permitted before the event starts or after the event ends.

Tuesday and Wednesday (early arrival) & Monday afternoon

  • No amplified sound
  • Systems are off. No Exceptions

Thursday

  • Starting at 12 pm, sound systems on at  80dB at 10 meters and subs can be turned on.
  • At 11 pm l sound systems can be at or below 80dB at 10 meters and all subs must be turned off.

Friday & Saturday

  • Subs back on at 10 am.
  • At 2 am all sound systems can be at or below 80dB at 10 meters and subs off.

Sunday

  • Subs back on at 10 am.
  • At 11 pm all sound systems can be at or below 80dB at 10 meters and all subs off.

Monday

  • No amplified sound after 12 pm
  • Systems are off. No Exceptions

Permits and Enforcement:

All camps with amplified sound (larger than a Bluetooth speaker) must register with the event during theme camp registration. All sound systems will be issued a permit.

We will have volunteers with a dB meter responding to complaints; infractions of this policy will be marked on the sound system’s permit.

Infractions may result in a temporary shutdown of a sound system, and multiple infractions will result in a sound system being permanently turned off for the remainder of the event.

Readings from the Hyperborea sound decibel readers will be considered accurate and true, as they will be calibrated to the township’s requirements. This is final, regardless of what devices or level of experience you may have.

External Sound Complaints:

In order to be fair to everyone, all camps will need to turn down or possibly cease amplified music until further notice.

Depending on the severity of the complaint and/or how upset the township authorities are, this could last for the evening or the rest of the event. Ideally, we do not want to get their attention in the first place.

We really need to avoid this happening, sound complaints are the most likely incident to prevent our event from happening again.

Monitor Your Sound Volume:

Other events have found the sound monitoring app, SPLnFFT Noise Meter (for iOS) to be extremely accurate. To keep infractions minimized, we highly recommend you use this app or a proper decibel reader to manage your own sound.

These rules are subject to change depending on site conditions.

If anything major changes, we will be sending the updates out to registered Theme Camps only and through the appropriate channels. Check this page often.

For further information check out the Sound Team page, or if you have any questions, email: sound@tohyperborea.ca

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