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ROGERS THAT: Rogers Place in Edmonton has had a big year, even after the shutdown. (Courtesy Oilers Entertainment Group) Country ahead of the U.S. on path back to live events The coronavirus pandemic continues to roil the United States, but its northern neighbor has fared better: As of Aug. 17, Canada had reported only 122,000 cases, compared with the United States’ total of well over 5.4 million. TOP STOPS: CANADA Canada’s border remains closed to Americans until at least Sept. 21, but with death totals in the single digits nearly every day in late July and early August, Canada has begun its reopening. In August, movie theaters even began welcoming customers once again — at half capacity — giving North American box offices their first good news in months. Like the United States, Canada has a long road ahead before crowds fill stands at stadiums, arenas, theaters and clubs once again.… Continue Reading Canada First?
Old Dominion plays Abbotsford Centre in British Columbia. (Dark Works) Canada shines on the concert stage — and then there’s that NBA championship The canadian live entertainment market is busy. Venue operators across the Great White North say fan demand remains strong and ticket prices are firm. Major North American performers from country to rap to rock’n’roll and specialty performers packed houses nationwide over the past year. And while some prognosticators warn of an economic slowdown in Canada and the U.S., it hasn’t slowed down business at the gate and entertainment executives are preparing for yet another big year. Multi-night stands, new sponsors, big name entertainers and a sports world “first” all put a stamp on the past 12 months. Speaking of firsts, Canada last October became one of the first industrialized nations to legalize cannabis for recreational use. However, many of the nation’s new cannabis laws have yet to… Continue Reading Canada: More Than Hockey
Canadians celebrated the legalalization of recreational marijuana use in October 2018. (Getty Images) Cannabis sponsorships, currency rates are two factors that could boost business in Canada The Canadian live entertainment market packed houses across the country over the past year. Venue operators say there are two pressing issues that could turn uncertainty into tailwinds further boosting the marketplace: the slow rollout of Canada’s cannabis regulations, products and advertising since legalization last October, and persistent pressures from a weak loonie (slang for the Canadian dollar) that is costing venues big bucks. CANNABIS INFUSION? Canada legalized cannabis last October but regulations regarding cannabis-infused products and marketing remain unresolved. Edibles and other cannabis products such as beverages won’t hit store shelves until mid-December at the earliest. Meanwhile, it’s illegal to smoke indoors at public venues, so facilities have extended their no smoking policies to include marijuana as well as tobacco and e-cigarettes. Several… Continue Reading Canada: Seeing Green
Elton John plays on his farewell tour at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto. (Tom Pandi / Scotiabank Arena) What’s up north of the border? The word from Canadian venue managers Scotiabank Arena, Toronto Nick Eaves, chief venues and operations officer, Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment (Scotiabank Arena owner) How would you describe the past year for your venue? We changed the name to Scotiabank Arena and that kicked off the year. We have color-changing LEDs (on exterior signage) that will reflect what’s going on inside: blue for the Maple Leafs, red for the Raptors in their traditional uniforms and green on St. Patrick’s Day. We can bring video to the signage. We renovated a bunch of spaces, clubs and restaurants inside the arena and have ambitious plans to continue that. In the past 12 months we delivered a bunch of fan-facing benefits through the new Scotiabank Arena app. They had a… Continue Reading Canada: The Circuit