Arts attendance and participation / Provincial and local information

Volume: 10 Issue: 10

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In this issue: Four reports highlighting the situation of arts attendance and participation at the provincial and local levels, including Quebec performing arts attendance, New Brunswickers' engagement with the arts, a report on the arts, culture and heritage activities of residents in each province, as well as a report that highlights some local performing arts participation data.
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  • (La fréquentation des arts de la scène au Québec en 2010)

    This report provides information about attendance at all theatre, dance, music, comedy, circus and magic performances in Quebec in 2010. Total attendance was 7.0 million, a 6% decrease from 2009. As a consequence, box office revenues decreased by 10% between 2009 and 2010 (from $275 to $247 million). Box office revenues per paying spectator decreased from $41.97 in 2009 to $40.09 in 2010 (a 5% decrease).

  • Attitudinal Research

    Based on a telephone survey of 1,000 New Brunswickers, this report examines their arts participation activities and attitudes. The report found that 96% of "New Brunswickers participate in the arts at least once a year", including reading books (86%), attending concerts or live music events (62%), going to plays (55%), visiting art galleries (37%), attending an arts festival (28%) and going to dance performances (26%). The report indicates that the typical margin of error of the survey results is 3.1 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.

  • This report examines the arts, culture and heritage activities of provincial residents in 2010, with comparisons to previous surveys in 1992, 1998 and 2005. Based on Statistics Canada's General Social Surveys in these years, the report finds that:

    • "All residents in each province participated in at least one arts, culture or heritage activity in 2010."

    • "In all provinces, participation in many arts, culture and heritage activities has increased over the past 18 years."

  • The Vital Signs series provides local information about a range of social issues, including the arts. The arts-related information in the Vital Signs series examines performing arts and festival participation rates in eight Census Metropolitan Areas in five provinces (Victoria, Kelowna, Calgary, Sudbury, Hamilton, Toronto, Montreal and Saint John). This information is based on a special request from Statistics Canada's 2010 General Social Survey.

  • Two other provincial reports that were recently included in the Arts Research Monitor are: