After the debacle surrounding the Tragically Hip tickets in 2016, Attorney General Yasir Naqvi appeared at the Ed Mirvish theatre this morning to make an announcement about the process of buying and selling tickets in Ontario.
The Ontario government is taking action on ticket resale issues and want to hear from fans of music, art, and entertainment.
From concerts, ;ive sports, and theatrical performances, there’s a lot to see, especially in Toronto, but accessibility and resale prices are getting pretty ridiculous because of the increase of “scalper bots” and the rules surrounding re-selling tickets online.
Although being able to purchase event tickets online is an easier form of ticket distribution, this also means that tickets to popular shows and games sell out really quickly, sometimes in a matter of minutes.
The problem comes in when “scalper bots” become part of the process of buying and selling tickets online for resale at prices that the average fan can’t afford.
The government is determined to stop this trend and are looking to fans for help. With an online survey, you can share the issues you have about ticket re-selling and also share some solutions you think could work in stopping it.
The province is looking for feedback in four key areas: Access, affordability, transparency, and enforcement by making sure that laws are followed and that all fans get a fair chance at having access to tickets.
The government is also planning to meet with artists and representatives from the entertainment industry to discuss these issues and figure out ways they can be resolved.
The online survey will be up until March 15th, so make sure you share any ideas you have to make ticket selling and re-selling fair and affordable for everyone.