Monday, January 26, 2009

The bus strike and the arts scene

Travis Boisvenue recently wrote a story for the Ottawa Citizen that explored the effects of the current transit strike on local venues and show promoters. Just one excerpt:
[Babylon club manager Ryan] Dean said the club's average attendance has decreased 20 to 25 per cent since the strike began, on top of the audience lost due to weather conditions. At about $15 per ticket for the average show, it's a significant loss in revenue for small clubs, promoters and bands.
Full disclosure: Travis was a colleague of both Peter and me at the Fulcrum for a couple of years.