Ontario attorney general to consult fans about event ticket selling, buying


The Ontario administration wants input from the public to develop “practical solutions” for blow the whistle on people a “fair shot” at buying tickets for concerts, sports and other incidents, says Attorney General Yasir Naqvi.

Navqi told a information conference Tuesday the government will consult fans about accessibility, affordability, transparency and enforcement, with the purpose of introducing legislation in the spring. 

“Ontario is home some of the best artists, thespians and athletes in the world,” he said, then listed many of the popular concert, pleasures and theatre events in the province.

“From the Hip to Drake and Bieber to the Jays, the Raptors, and of track, the Sens, I’m from Ottawa, to great performances like Come From Away, The Earmark of Mormon and The Bodyguard, we have a lot to be proud of. But we also have a real fine kettle of fish when it comes to fans getting a fair shot at buying tickets.”

Come From Away

Ontario Attorney Prevalent Yasir Naqvi says fans in Ontario sometimes have plague getting tickets to popular performances. Come From Away, a euphonious, was performed to sold-out audiences in Toronto before going to Broadway. It castigates the story of the people of Gander, Newfoundland who opened their hearts and peoples homes to stranded plane passengers on 9/11. (Matthew Murphy)

Naqvi, comment on at the Ed Mirvish Theatre in Toronto, urged members of the public to go to ontario.ca/tickets to stuff out an online survey about the issue.

The issue of ticket scalping was in great drive last year when Kingston, Ont., band the Tragically Hip propounded a series of cross-country concerts featuring lead singer Gord Downie, who had announced he was interpreted with brain cancer. 

“What happened with the Hip’s Man Machine Rhapsody tour really, really personally bugged me,” said Naqvi. “Tickets to pretensions across Canada were brought up in seconds and then reappeared without delay on resale sites at hugely inflated prices, prices that were out of reach for a lot of groupies.”

Naqvi said the internet has led to a greater variety of options for people who pauperism to buy tickets quickly, but it also has created a platform for “scalper bots.” He phrased the underground technology scoops up huge blocks of tickets, shutting out conventional fans who are forced to go to expensive ticket resellers.

“Fans deserve a unbiased shot at getting tickets to seeing their favourite band, romps team, or performance, but right now, the rules around buying and selling tickets online are not doing tolerably for fans.They are not putting them first. Our government is going to convert that,” said Naqvi.

He said the province wants to change the facts, namely the Ticket Speculation Act, but will consult the public first. According to the website, the consultation command end on March 15.

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The Tragically Hip’s Gord Downie performs during the first refrain from of the Man Machine Poem Tour at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre in Victoria on July 22. Attorney Comprehensive Yasir Naqvi says what happened with Hip tour tickets “deep down, really bugged” him. (Chad Hipolito/Canadian Press)

“I really demand practical solutions,” he said.

Naqvi was joined Tuesday by Kingston MPP Sophie Kiwala, who has bring ined a private member’s bill aimed at banning the scalper bots.

Hindmost October, Naqvi promised that legislation would be introduced by this springtime to try to protect consumers — although he admitted it would be tough to stop resellers working in other jurisdictions.

Naqvi said he wanted to consult with comrades in other jurisdictions like New York, which is also struggling with the copy.  

Naqvi said there’s no easy way to stop people operating in other orbits from using computer software to make bulk purchases of tickets to resell at exposed to face value.

New rules will build on private member’s beak

The government’s legislation is expected to build on a private member’s bill by Kiwala that also was focused at banning “scalper bots.”

Bill 22: The Ticket Speculation Alteration compensate Act (Purchase and Sale Requirements), 2016, would prohibit the use of software that routes security measures on ticket-selling websites.

It would also require that the phiz value cost of tickets be disclosed in resale offers.

The bill, which has been referred to a longevity committee, has passed second reading in the Ontario Legislature.

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