Mark Porter and his Mansion Nightclub have been charged $10,000 under the Barrie Municipal Bylaw Act for arousing the women.
Last May, Porter hosted a ladies’ night event at his club. The result was receiving two $5,000 fines for having Chippendale-style male dancers performing a two-hour set for about 150 patrons.
“If they had been naked, I would have left,” said Geraldine, a 73-year-old grandmother of seven who asked her last name not be used.
She attended the event with her 74 year-old sister Jackie, her daughter and a few friends last spring.
“No, I didn’t think it was rude,” Geraldine said. “People seemed to be enjoying themselves. I paid a little extra for one of them to dance in front of my sister; she was so embarrassed. We laughed. We’d never done anything like that before. It was a hoot.”
It may well be one of the last events of its kind in Barrie, unless bar owners want to pay $4,000 for a per-event adult entertainment license.
The adult entertainment Class B license “means any premises or part thereof in which entertainment is offered which is designed to arouse or result in an erotic or sexual response or sensation from any person viewing, observing, or otherwise being subjected or exposed to the entertainment,” said Brenda Russell, manager of municipal law enforcement and prosecution.
“If an act is designed to arouse or the result is arousal, than it’s adult entertainment,” Russell said.
“My wife and mother-in-law went,” laughed Porter. “It wasn’t over the top or anything.”
The bylaw doesn’t apply to theatre productions.