Attendance at Québec shows on the upswing

Québec, September 17, 2015 – In 2014, a total of 17,100 paying performing arts events attracted 6.8 million showgoers and generated $238 million in ticket sales revenues. Compared with the previous year, growth in attendance (+2%) and ticket sales revenues (+4%) was mainly due to the performance of Québec variety shows. That was revealed in a study released today by the Observatoire de la culture et des communications du Québec of the Institut de la statistique du Québec.

Strong presence of Québec shows among top performing arts events

Compared with 2013, there was an increase in the market share of Québec shows, which accounted for 83% of performances, 77% of attendance, and 71% of ticket sales revenues. Out of the 25 most popular shows in 2014, 24 were Québec shows.

Attendance down at English and French song shows

With an 11% increase between 2013 and 2014, attendance at comedy shows grew by 68% over three years and reached a new high of 1.7 million admissions. Theater, with 1.5 million admissions, and song, with 1.6 million, both posted their poorest result since 2004. French song was down by 23%, and English song, by 4%.

Drop in the Capitale-Nationale region

The Capitale-Nationale region posted its lowest attendance rate in 10 years, with 833,000 showgoers in 2014, down 29% after peaking at 1.2 million in 2012. Attendance in the region of Montréal stood at 3.4 million, up 11% compared with 2013.

This information comes from the publication Optique culture No. 42, which can be viewed on the website of the Observatoire de la culture et des communications du Québec.

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