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Tickets for Vancouver’s Times of India Film Awards ‘virtually’ sell out within hours, Larissa Cahute, Vancouver Desi, Feb 15, 2013
“Tickets for the first-ever Times of India Film Awards gala in Vancouver were “virtually sold out” within two hours of officially going on sale.
About 35,000 tickets for the April 6 awards ceremony at B.C. Place went up for grabs Friday morning at 8 a.m. — and by 4 p.m. only a few single tickets remained.
” ‘I was — I have to admit — surprised at the actual amount of tickets that went so quickly,’ said Laura Ballance, with Laura Ballance Media Group — the PR firm leading the North American media relations for TOIFA. ‘It was virtually sold out in the first two hours.’…
” ‘It’s been a fantastic day,’ said Ballance.”
Premier Christy Clark, on Facebook:
“Great to hear the Times of India Film Awards sold out in a single day. Hosting the awards show is a tremendous economic opportunity for British Columbia.”
Minister of Something Pat Bell in the BC Legislature, Hansard, March 5:
“We’ve got a great deal at $11 million. It’s already sold out.”
Sold out Mr. Minister? Not by a long shot. Sponsorship dollars by Vancouver based businesses are almost non-existent and investigative journalist Bob Mackin quotes long time ticket broker Kingsley Bailey as saying,
“I think they’re probably going to be papering the place.”
Pacific Coliseum hosted the Times of India Film Awards Musical Extravaganza on April 4. The venue’s full concert bowl seating provides a maximum of 13,500 seats. Late Friday, CKNW reported attendance had been 4,700.
A film screening scheduled in Surrey was scrubbed and TOIFA spokeswoman Laura Balance told BIV that the planned venue was too small to constitute “a true community event.”
The second of two public events still planned, the April 6 gala awards show that sold out in hours seven weeks ago, still has thousands of seats available early morning April 5. At that, only about half the capacity of BC Place is being used.
The three hour event at BC Place Stadium serves another important purpose. It allowed Pavco officials to count off sixteen event days. Yes, 16: 10 move-in days, 1 concert day, 2 move-out days and 3 conversion days to reconfigure BC Place for soccer. No bloody wonder Pavco executives keep meeting their facility utilization targets and earn those bonuses.
Questioned April 5 about the SOLD OUT show still having thousand of tickets available, Liberal flack Laura Ballance (she also helped Pacific Carbon Trust’s effort to discredit the Auditor General) says they reconfigured the stadium and that’s the reason that tickets are now available.
Of course, were that true, the available tickets would be in newly opened sections. However, when I looked at the online ticket sales site early this morning, seats were available in many sections, even in the premium floor seating. Does Ms. Ballance expect us to believe they suddenly found space for more chairs on the stadium floor?
I refer to the line at top. tbe TOIFA representative insults our intelligence if she expects us to believe what she is saying.