News from The North: Year-end wrap-up

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Ticketfly Canada is almost two, and my oh my how it’s grown up before our very eyes. Our second year of operations in Canada was a blockbuster one, a time that—in true Ticketfly fashion—can be summed up in only two ways: partners and parties.

Partners

In 2014 we officially moved from “Ticket-who?” to “Ticketfly!” in the eyes of Canada’s independent promoters and venues. We added more than 50 new clients to the roster, from a comedy festival in Vancouver to a brewery in Toronto. Here’s just a taste:

  • London Music Hall – this premier stop for bands and artists as they tour through Southern Ontario features one 1930-cap music hall and a more intimate 300-cap club.
  • Beau’s – Hello neighbor! Welcome to Beau’s, a local, family-run, DIY brewery in Ontario that also hosts everything from CCR cover bands to musical comedy troupes.
  • NorthWest Comedy Fest  - The laugh riot happens three times a year for multi-day runs in beautiful Vancouver, BC. Catch stand up favourites, up and comers, improv, podcasts and all ages events.
  • Center of Gravity Festival  - An outsized adrenaline-fueled sports and music festival, held on the beach at Okanagan Lake (yes, there are beaches in Canada) in Kelowna, British Columbia.
  • Atomique Productions – A leading independent concert promotions company based out of Victoria, BC. Founded with a mandate to bring a diverse range of national and international talent to the Greater Victoria population, Atomique produces an average of more than 150 concerts a year.

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Glasslands Gallery: Farewell, but not goodbye

As reported by Brooklyn Vegan, our good friends Jake and Rami at Popgun Presents will be closing Glasslands Gallery at the end of the year, while continuing to book shows around town at venues like Saint Vitus (including two sold-out Savages shows), Le Poisson Rouge, or Cameo Gallery.

Glasslands will be closing out with an epic New Years Eve show featuring four special mystery guests, all of whom have some connection to the venue. Before then, the lineup of bands coming to salute Glasslands include favorites like Com Truise, Duck Tails, Bit Funk and Escort (DJ set), and more, including the Glasslands Holiday Party on the 22nd.

A staple of the South Williamsburg scene since 2006, Glasslands describes itself as a “converted warehouse, formerly a homegrown community art space turned psychedelic venue partyhaus.”

According to Brooklyn Vegan, some of Jake and Rami’s favorite shows over the years have been Tanlines, Franz Ferdinand, Jonathan Toubin’s Soul Clap parties, Darkside, Disclosure, and Das Racist. Glasslands will be deeply missed, but we can’t wait to see what Popgun Presents does next.

#ripglasslands #glasslandsforever

Photo credit: Wise Blood at Glasslands Gallery, Ryan Muir, Brooklyn Vegan.

‘Tis the season for giving back

Maybe it’s the toasty fire we’re sitting by, or maybe it’s our hidden shmaltzy side, but we’re feeling all warm and fuzzy to see both our employees and our partners finding ways to give back to the community this holiday season. Several employees are choosing to use some of their 24 hours of annual Volunteer Time-Off, or VTO (getting paid to volunteer is a sweet, sweet perk of working at the ‘fly) this month, and a partner of ours is taking some of the revenue from December events and turning it over to nonprofit organizations they care about. After the jump, take a look at some of the least grinchy people and partners we know; hopefully they’ll inspire you to find your own way to spread the cheer this year.

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Ticketfly’s 10 New Year’s Eve party picks across the country

No matter big or small, electronic or acoustic, New Year’s Eve 2015 is set to be a blow out. We rounded up ten stellar stages and dance floors that look extra promising for this year’s countdown festivities. Scroll through and snag your tix at ticketfly.com. After all, there’s no better way to celebrate 365 days of life than with one final night of live music.

WEST COAST

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Rhondapolis NYE 2015 ⬝ The Standard ⬝ Los Angeles, CA

RHONDAPOLIS fronts the flash with thirteen floors and four stages throughout The Standard Downtown, featuring more than a dozen international names in house music. Hot Chip (DJ set), Derrick May, Jimmy Edgar, and Martyn are just a few lusted after acts among the lot.

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Ticketfly Tours: Our favorite December shows

Whoever said December was a slow month for live music must’ve been trying to stay in. We took a peek at Ticketfly’s nationwide venue partners to see what talent is currently on tour, and we found a ton. From cosmic glitch-hop, to math rock, to gritty and gorgeous soul-pop, our Ticketfly Tours December playlist has a little something for everyone.

Get out the hot buttered rum and have a listen; then find a show coming to a Ticketfly venue near you.

TOKiMONSTA — Rolling through the south
12.11: The Lowbrow Palace ⬝ El Paso, TX
12.12: Trees ⬝ Dallas, TX
12.13: Vulcan Gas Company ⬝ Austin, TX
12.16: Terminal West ⬝ Atlanta, GA

Goldroom — From coast to coast
12.18: U Street Music Hall ⬝ Washington, DC (DJ set)
12.20: Mezzanie ⬝ San Francisco, CA (DJ set)
12.31: Electric Owl ⬝ Vancouver, BC

HAERTS — Criss-crossing the northwest
12.12: Star Theater ⬝ Portland, OR
12.13: The Crocodile ⬝ Seattle, WA
12.16: Rickshaw Stop ⬝ San Francisco, CA

Lil Debbie — Cruising across the country
12.11: Studio at Waiting Room ⬝ Buffalo, NY
12.12: Frankies ⬝ Toledo, OH
12.14: Mojo’s ⬝ Colombia, OH
12.16: Walters ⬝ Houstin, TX
12.17: The Door ⬝ Dallas, TX
12.19: Pub Rock ⬝ Scottsdale, AZ
12.20: LVCS ⬝ Las Vegas, NV

Tiny Moving Parts — Tuning up the eastern seaboard
12.13: Metro Gallery ⬝ Baltimore, MD
12.15: Stanton House ⬝ Stanton, NJ
12.16: Up All Night Collective, CT
12.17: The Wood Shop ⬝ Copiague, NY

Allah-Las — Keeping to California
12.11 – El Rey Theatre ⬝ Los Angeles, CA
12.30 – The Chapel ⬝ San Francisco, CA
12.31 – The Chapel ⬝ San Francisco, CA

Jessica Hernandez & the Deltas — From desert to forest
12.10: Club Congress ⬝ Tucson, AZ
12.12: The Echo ⬝ Los Angeles, CA
12.16: Doug Fir Lounge ⬝ Portland, OR

Ticketfly partners clean up NOW’s “Best of Toronto” awards

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NOW Magazine, Toronto’s leading alternative weekly, recently announced the winners of its 2014 Readers Choice Best of Toronto awards. In the music category, we are delighted (and not at all surprised) to recognize a number of Ticketfly partners in the winner’s circle.

NOW picked a winner and runner up in each category based on a popular vote by Toronto music fans and readers. Based on the accolades below, it looks like Ticketfly partners in the Great White North are continuing to earn major props:

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Betting the (Music) Farm on a new venue

Recently, our partner Music Farm opened up to industry publication Venues Today about what it took to get its newest Columbia, S.C.-based venue up and running — from traditional architecture (staging, lighting, plumbing, and a new fence, to name a few) to code-based architecture (like a new mobile-optimized website). The article gives much deserved recognition to Music Farm for its incredible year of growth, most recently marked by the grand opening of the 1,200 capacity venue this September.

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Longtime Ticketfly friend Seth Hurwitz profiled in Washingtonian magazine

In the world of live music, Seth Hurwitz is a living legend. As head of I.M.P Presents, he commands an empire of venues, festivals, and events across the Mid-Atlantic region including celebrated names like the 9:30 Club, Merriweather Post Pavilion, and the Preakness Stakes’ InfieldFest. He is widely known for his candor and creativity, making him an important voice in the live music industry since the early days of his career.

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Ticketfly Pulse: Real-time event stats on your phone

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Being an event promoter is a tough, 24/7 job, and work doesn’t stop outside the office. You need your most important event stats at your fingertips when you’re on-the-go. That’s why we created Ticketfly Pulse, the first product of its kind to give you real-time event information like ticket counts, gross, and scan counts, all on your phone. We’re talking up-to-the-second stats that update right before your eyes without having to refresh, which can make a big difference in the fast-paced world of a promoter. Now you can spend more time producing great events and less time tracking down data.

“Ticketfly Pulse helps me stay connected and make real-time decisions on the fly.”
- Farley Lucas, LED Presents

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