A Statement From Westwood Regarding Regarding Our Zero Tolerance Policy Towards Keeping Our Fans, Our Artists and Our Community Safe

Our label and company are proudly rooted in the Western Canadian electronic music scene. While our roster today spreads around the world, we’re fortunate to have our origin story connected to our local community here at home and we’re honoured everyday to play a small role in elevating our local artists and industry to the international stage.

For the last two decades, our community has built and launched local brands, artists, and events that are now recognized as institutions around the world. However, our reputation as a sought-after scene is only as good as our reputation of how we treat others. Our industry is one built of personal relationships and character before anything else, especially when it comes to signing artists, curating lineups, and bringing together music fans. We feel and live this responsibility everyday and it’s a guiding principle for how we conduct business locally and around the world.

It has shocked us to our core to hear the revelations coming to light across BC & Alberta over the last two weeks. Specifically, survivors coming forward with stories of sexual assault and harassment in our scene, implicating artists, promoters, and individuals in all areas of our industry.

We are here to remind our community, our artists, and our colleagues that we unequivocally have a ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY for any issues of assault or harassment. We take all claims seriously, we support the courageous survivors coming forward, we are here to listen, and we are here to take action.

To anyone that is wanting to speak up but not sure how to do so, who wonders who will actually hear them or who will support them, and who will help take action, we are here for you. We will not tolerate anyone at our events or on our roster that harms others - physically or mentally.

Healthy communities are built when people come forward and survivors know they are supported and not alone. It is imperative that our industry as a whole creates a new normal, one where all people can feel safe and where everyone else around them is willing to stand up and say something when they see or hear something wrong.

Being in a position to pick and choose what music we support, what artists we work with, and what events we host is a privilege and with this comes responsibility. We are here to take responsibility, to listen up and to help in any way we can. We are here to remind our community that we must do better. This is a movement that's long overdue and its time has come. Our electronic rave scene was originally founded on the principles of peace, love, unity, and respect. Somewhere along the way we lost this. It’s time to get it back.


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