Performing arts in Québec: overview of a decade

Québec, September 11, 2014 – In 2013, there were 17,100 paying performing arts performances which attracted 6.7 million attendees and generated ticket sales revenues of $227 million. Attendance (-8%) and ticket sales revenues (-14%) recorded the largest annual decline since 2004, primarily due to a decline in attendance of Anglophone music and circus shows. This was revealed in a study published today by the Observatoire de la culture et des communications du Québec (OCCQ) of the Institut de la statistique du Québec.

This study has been analyzing the evolution of performance arts event attendance for the past ten years, namely by show genre and origin, based on the results of the Survey on Attendance of Performing Arts Events in Québec conducted by the OCCQ.

Comedy shows still highly popular

Comedy shows recorded a 15% attendance increase in 2013. Francophone music shows recorded a 13% rise in ticket sales revenues, despite a 6% decline in performances and a 4% drop in attendance.

Major setback for the Montréal region

With 3.1 million attendees, the Montréal region experienced the lowest attendance in ten years, well below the 2009 peak of 4.0 million. Its weight in Québec’s total attendance has dropped for the fourth consecutive year, going from 53% in 2009 to 46% in 2013.  

Québec-produced shows hold steady

The market share of Québec shows remained stable at 78% of performances and 71% of assistance, but rose to 65% of ticket sales revenues (62% in 2012).

This information was taken from issue No. 34 of the publication Optique Culture, which is available on the OCCQ website.

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