Simm Helps Dance Club Get Acquittal


On April 29, 2000, in conjunction with a gay nudist group, a Toronto bar and dance club called The Barn held its 35th monthly event with mandatory nudity. As outlined in the three media reports below, the licensee was charged with “permitting riotous, quarrelsome, violent or disorderly conduct”, contrary to a regulation under the Liquor Licence Act. As counsel for the nudist group, Simm assisted The Barn's counsel, Andrew Czernik, by researching and writing a Factum for use at trial. The trial judge accepted the statutory-interpretation argument and acquitted The Barn on June 26, 2002.

(Further details of this case are set out here.)