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Performing Arts Attendance in Canada and the Provinces

October 17, 200517 October 2005

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This report examines national and provincial trends in performing arts attendance in Canada. The report shows that over 9.1 million Canadians 15 years of age or older, or 37.6% of Canadians in this age range, attended a live, professional performing arts event in the survey year. Theatre is the most popular live performing arts activity, followed by popular forms of music, classical music and dance.

The report examines demographic aspects of performing arts attendance, and provides data showing that reaching Canadians who speak languages other than English or French is a significant challenge facing Canada’s performing arts organizations. During the 1990s, the attendance rate at performing arts events decreased. However, due to significant population growth, about 100,000 more Canadians attended a performance in 1998 than in 1992. The report also provides extensive provincial information, including attendance profiles, trends and comparisons between the provinces.

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