Ontario

Anti-Scalping Legislation Introduced

New legislation was introduced to the Ontario Parliament yesterday to prohibit the use of ticket bots, software that enables the mass purchase of concert and event tickets.

Schedule 3 of Bill 166, a.k.a the Strengthening Protection for Ontario Consumers Act, will enact the Ticket Sales Act, which will replace the Ticket Speculation Act and essentially cause automated ticket purchasing software to become illegal for events in the province of Ontario.

Also included in the Ticket Sales Act are provisions capping the resale price of tickets at 50 percent above face value, regulations in regards to transparency (mandatory disclosures of the identity of the seller, number of tickets in the seller’s possession, and original ticket price) and regulations in regards to mandatory residency and/or incorporation in the province of Ontario for ticket sellers.

Click here to read the proposed legislation, in full.

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New Law Proposed In Ontario

In case you missed it yesterday, the Government of Ontario has proposed new regulations in regards to the resale of concert and event tickets within the province.

As stipulated in an official June 26th press release, the proposed measures include:

  • Banning the use and sale of ticket-buying software – also known as ticket bots – that are used to block legitimate fans and scoop up the best seats the moment an event goes on sale
  • Forbidding the sale of tickets on the resale market that are not owned or possessed by the seller (i.e. speculative tickets)
  • Continuing to restrict the resale of tickets unless they are verified by the primary seller, or the reseller offers a money-back guarantee.

Also included in the proposed measures are new rules in regards to transparency:

  • Primary ticket sellers would be required to disclose the number of tickets that would be available through the general on-sale, as well as the capacity of the event
  • Ticket resellers and online resale platforms would be required to disclose the original face value of the ticket and precise seat location, as well as the identity of a commercial reseller
  • All ticket-selling businesses would be required to disclose the all-in price of a ticket up front, plus clearly indicate the currency.

The “Ticket Sales Act” will be introduced to the Provincial Parliament in the fall.

Ontario Wants Help To Curtail Ticket Bots

The provincial government of Ontario is now consulting the public in regards to ticket bots.

“Ticket bots” enable companies and individuals to purchase large numbers of tickets to popular events almost instantaneously, requiring many regular consumers to pay significant more to see their favourite team, musical act or theatrical performance, as seen on CBC’s Marketplace.

A survey can be found by clicking here until March 15th, 2017.

Sad News For Vinyl Fans

Canada Boy Vinyl has closed their manufacturing plant in Calgary after only sixteen months of operations.

This plant had just opened in September 2015 and had expected to take advantage of a resurgence in vinyl’s popularity. But there weren’t enough orders to make the plant sustainable so Dean Reid, the founder and chief operating officer of Canada Boy Vinyl, decided to cease its operations.

Burlington, Ontario’s new Precision Record Pressing plant is now the only vinyl pressing facility in Canada.

Hopefully sales will grow to make a domestic industry in Canada viable.

Record Conventions This Weekend

There are quite a few record conventions this weekend in Ontario so I thought i’d give you a heads up :

  • Kingston, Ontario – The Kingston Record Show will be this Saturday from 10am to 4 pm at the Macgillivray-Brown Hall (218 Barrie St). Free admission.
  • Newmarket, Ontario – The Newmarket Vinyl Record & Collectibles Show will be this Sunday from 10am to 3pm at the Royal Canadian Legion (707 Srigley Street). Only $2 per person to get in.
  • Toronto, Ontario – The Flipside DJ and Vintage Record Show will be held at the Gladstone Hotel (1214 Queen street West) from 10am to 4pm. Admission is $5 per person.
  • Windsor, Ontario – The Windsor Record Show will be this Sunday from 11am to 4pm at Villains Bistro (246 Pelissier Ave). Admission is $4 per person.

More Theater Conversions

Landmark Cinemas will be converting several former Empire Theaters locations today throughout Canada :

Landmark Cinemas 7, Bolton
Landmark Cinemas 9, Brandon
Landmark Cinemas 9, City Centre, Edmonton
Landmark Cinemas 10, Clairview, Edmonton
Landmark Cinemas 16, Country Hills, Calgary
Landmark Cinemas 6, Esplanade, North Vancouver
Landmark Cinemas 8, Grant Park, Winnipeg
Landmark Cinemas 12, Guildford, Surrey
Landmark Cinemas 6, Jackson Square, Hamilton
Landmark Cinemas 24, Kanata
Landmark Cinemas 10, Kingston
Landmark Cinemas 12, Kitchener
Landmark Cinemas 8, London
Landmark Cinemas 10, Mississauga
Landmark Cinemas 10, Orleans (Ottawa)
Landmark Cinemas 7, Ottawa
Landmark Cinemas 10, Pen Centre, St. Catherines
Landmark Cinemas 10, Shawnessy, Calgary
Landmark Cinemas 7, Spruce Grove, Edmonton
Landmark Cinemas 4, University Heights, Victoria
Landmark Cinemas 10, Waterloo
Landmark Cinemas 24, Whitby
Landmark Cinemas 5, Winkler

Three Empire Theaters in the Ottawa area will be converted into Landmark Theaters today. But one of these theaters may close on December 31st, 2013.

The World Exchange Plaza location’s lease is expiring on that date and the mall’s owners has plans for the space according to CBC Television, although negotiations are still underway.

The former Empire locations in Kanata and Orleans had been originally slated to be converted into Cineplex Theaters. But these were sold to Landmark instead.

Please note that the Landmark Cinema web site will be updated with the new locations on November 1st, 2013.