Diversity and Arts Attendance by Canadians in 2010

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Based on the 2010 General Social Survey of 7,502 Canadians 15 years of age or older, this report examines arts attendance by eight “diverse” demographic groups:

  • Visible minority Canadians.
  • First-generation immigrants.
  • Aboriginal people.
  • Canadians with disabilities.
  • Youth (15 to 24 years of age).
  • Seniors (65 and older).
  • Anglophones in Quebec (official language minority community).
  • Francophones outside Quebec (official language minority community).

Overall, 71% of Canadians attended one of five arts activities in 2010 (art galleries, theatre performances, pop concerts, classical concerts, and cultural festivals).

The report finds that youth have a higher overall attendance rate than Canadians 25 and older (80% vs. 70%), while seniors 65 to 74 years of age have a lower attendance rate than Canadians between 15 and 64 (67% vs. 73%). The arts attendance rate is lower for Canadians with disabilities than for other Canadians (61% vs. 74%) and slightly lower for visible minority Canadians than other Canadians (68% vs. 72%).

Compared with other Canadians, the arts attendance rate is similar for immigrants, Aboriginal people, Anglophones in Quebec, and Francophones outside Quebec.

The report highlights specific results of the statistical analysis for each of five arts activities. On the whole, there are relatively few statistically significant differences:

  • Art galleries have “significantly lower attendance by Canadians with a disability and Aboriginal people”.
  • Theatres have significantly higher attendance rates by youth but lower attendance rates “by visible minority and immigrant Canadians, Aboriginal people, and Canadians with a disability”.
  • Pop concerts are particularly well attended by youth but see lower attendance rates “by visible minority and immigrant Canadians, Canadians with a disability, and those between 65 and 74 years of age”.
  • Classical music concerts have significantly higher attendance by immigrant Canadians and those between 65 and 74 years of age but significantly lower attendance by youth.
  • Cultural festivals have significantly higher attendance by youth and visible minority Canadians but “significantly lower attendance by Canadians with a disability as well as those between 65 and 74 years of age”.

The report notes that, other than these few differences, diverse Canadians attended at similar rates to other Canadians. Based on these findings, the report concludes that “the range of arts offerings in Canada – from art galleries, classical concerts, and theatre performances to pop concerts and cultural festivals – manages to attract most Canadians to at least one type of activity."

Summary: 

The report notes that, other than a few differences, diverse Canadians attended at similar rates to other Canadians. Based on these findings, the report concludes that “the range of arts offerings in Canada – from art galleries, classical concerts, and theatre performances to pop concerts and cultural festivals – manages to attract most Canadians to at least one type of activity."