FlyCon 2017: Laissez les bons temps rouler!

Last week, Ticketfly and close to 500 of our closest friends met up to spend a few days together in New Orleans at FlyCon. It’s an annual tradition we started six years back as an opportunity to connect with the extended ‘fly fam, share platform developments and announce new products, swap best practices on topics like digital marketing and analytics, answer questions, and learn about the business challenges our partners face.

Each year, we challenge ourselves to bring more to the table so that everyone that attends FlyCon feels it was worth the time and energy it took for them to be there. We kicked things off the evening of Monday, January 16 with a gathering for attendees and Ticketfly staff to reconnect and meet in person—maybe for the first time—while enjoying craft cocktails, bowling, bocce, and delicious local bites

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We got down to business the next morning at the Intercontinental New Orleans, with Ticketfly co-founder and CEO Andrew Dreskin welcoming everyone to FlyCon. He took us through a look back at what Ticketfly, Pandora, and our amazing partners accomplished in 2016, and touched on what we hope to accomplish in the new year.

Key team members outlined some of the new products and features clients can expect from Ticketfly in 2017, and we were able to pull back the curtain on an exciting new partnership with Lyte that provides fans with a safe, hassle-free way to exchange tickets for sold out shows and eliminates the pain points that come with the traditional secondary market.

Next up, we were treated to an in-depth look at how Ticketfly is connecting live events to the largest and most engaged audience of music fans in the US with Pandora. With 83+ million listeners, Pandora is the most used mobile app, more than Facebook and Netflix! Through our integration, Ticketfly is reaching listeners with personalized messages about upcoming shows based on their listening habits. We learned how many fans were reached in 2016 and got a sense of how we’ll continue to build on this success to make Pandora the go-to source for all music experiences.

After that, it was time to choose your own FlyCon. This year, we introduced four tracks: Amp Up Your Ticketfly explored how to maximize the value of our integration with Pandora with a focus on sponsorship and revenue. Marketing featured best practices on everything from data-crunching to creative campaigns, and gave clients 1:1 time with Ticketfly’s in-house marketing experts. Ticketfly Classroom track sessions went deep on our platform, giving FlyCon attendees their diplomas in things like reserved seating, fighting fraud, Ticketfly-powered websites, and reports. Finally, our Talent Buying track focused on understanding how data can de-risk booking decisions, and included a live demo of Pandora’s massive artist database, Next Big Sound, and a Q&A with its founder.

 

Of course we come to NOLA to learn….but we also gotta have some fun. Tuesday night we held a Bayou bash for the ages, starting with a second line parade that took FlyCon attendees through the streets of New Orleans, dancing drinks in-hand to a live brass band all the way to the Civic Theatre for a lively evening of casino games, a surprise performance by the 610 Stompers, strong—erm, delicious—sazeracs, and some stellar karaoke performances.

After an unforgettable night, we came back together for one last day, which began with a much-needed hearty hot breakfast and more track sessions. Before everyone hit the road, we were treated to an intimate fireside chat with the leaders of Paradigm: Tom Windish, Dan Weiner, and Lee Anderson, who had only announced their official combination a one agency a few days prior.

We had a full house for our track and mainstage sessions, but the FlyLounge was the hottest spot on the FlyCon block. Attendees flocked to the lounge to demo upcoming features and products (including Lyte and our new event entry iOS app), meet their reps, get their burning questions answered, and provide us with feedback.

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After the last track session concluded and the FlyLounge shut up shop it was time to bid everyone adieu. Attendees gathered in the lobby for a final drink or two, or three or…. well, nevermind. Almost as suddenly as it began, FlyCon 2017 was over. We came together from all over the U.S. and Canada to learn, laugh, karaoke, and affirm the human bonds that are the foundation of live events. Hard to believe we packed all that into just two days…

Sound like your kind of conference? FlyCon is an invitation-only event for Ticketfly partners. Learn more about working with us and join us next year!

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Ticketfly Promoter gets better with offer templates

From routing tour dates to haggling over deposits and pre-tax expense deductions, booking and settling shows is more tedious than glamorous. Last November, the whole process got a heck of a lot easier with our beta release of Ticketfly Promoter, the world’s first end-to-end product for calendar management, offer creation, and settlement. Based on user feedback, today we’re expanding Ticketfly Promoter with the launch of default offer templates so you can focus on deal-making instead of data-entry.

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Memphis in May is a true Tennessee celebration

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There’s a popular episode from Aziz Ansari’s hit Netflix comedy Master of None where Ansari’s character takes a date on a trip to Nashville. The trip ultimately goes well, and they have a great time dancing and thrift shopping and doing cutesy hipster stuff. But, with all due respect to Nashville, we can only imagine how much more fun the episode would have been if they took a slight detour to Memphis instead. Particularly in the month of May.

While all nonprofit organizations do work to better their communities, few do it quite like Memphis In May International Festival. The community-based group goes big and bold like a Tennessee rack of ribs, hosting a series of righteous festivals and events during the month of its namesake.

Festivities begin with the star-studded Beale Street Music Festival from April 29-May 1. This year’s lineup features some of the biggest names in music, from Neil Young and Paul Simon to Meghan Trainor and Jason Derulo. The festival was named among Travel + Leisure’s “2016 Music Festivals Worth Traveling For” and listed among Fuse TV’s “Top 22 Music Festivals for 2016.” Continue reading

#FlyFam: Welcoming Ticketfly’s new partners

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Can you believe it’s April already? We’ve been moving in the fast lane here at Ticketfly, launching new products to better serve our users. We recently introduced Facebook Official Events and released a new iOS app. But we’re not here to celebrate ourselves. In the past four months, we’ve had the opportunity to work with incredible new partners all over the country. Please join us in welcoming the newest additions to our #FlyFam.

We’re stoked to add to our growing roster of music festivals. First up is the Beale Street Music Festival, which lands in Memphis, TN from April 29-May 1. The eclectic festival features some of the greatest musical acts around. That statement isn’t hyperbole. They’ve got everyone from icons such as Neil Young and Paul Simon to contemporary stars Beck, Modest Mouse, Meghan Trainor, and Yo Gotti. Does it go down in the “Rockin’ In the Free World” singer’s DMs? Get your ticket, book your flight, and find out. Continue reading

20 artists to see this spring

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We compiled a massive list of hot new artists destined to make an impact this spring. As you might imagine with a team of music geeks, that list got a little lengthy (more than 200 names!), so we hacked away until we found the best of the new best. We narrowed it down to 20 bands representing every genre possible—from lo-fi Spanish garage rock to surprisingly well-done country-rap fusion—who just so happen to be coming to a ‘fly stage near you. Check out our list, then mark your calendars accordingly.

 

Alex G: Dubbed an “indie-pop prodigy” by Rolling Stone, Alex G made quite a mark with his dreamy Domino Records debut, Beach Music.

4.11: The Horseshoe Tavern – Toronto, ON ($15+)
4.14: Union Transfer – Philadelphia, PA ($15+)

 

Andra Day: “Beautiful” is a word commonly used to describe the San Diego native’s powerful single “Rise Up.” The song and her debut album Cheers to the Fall earned her two Grammy nods, along with some major big-ups—including an Apple holiday commercial with music icon Stevie Wonder. Catch her now, before she starts packing arenas.

5.23: Cain’s Ballroom – Tulsa, OK ($27+)
5.28: Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall – Portland, OR ($42+)

 

Aurora: Norwegian folk-pop songstress Aurora isn’t even old enough to get into the venues she’ll be packing in April. She’s only 19, yet she’s already getting featured by everyone from BBC to Rolling Stone. These shows aren’t sold out yet, but they might be once she drops her debut LP, All My Demons Greeting Me As A Friend, in March.  

4.6: The Independent – San Francisco, CA ($15+)
4.8: Doug Fir Lounge – Portland, OR ($15+)
4.9: The Crocodile – Seattle, WA ($15+)
4.20: Johnny Brenda’s – Philadelphia, PA ($6+)
4.21: U Street Music Hall – Washington, DC ($15+)

 

Diet Cig: Funny name aside, Diet Cig delivers garage-punk done right. The NY duo burst on the scene quickly last year, getting nods from Noisey and Stereogum for infectious tunes like “Scene Sick.” It looks like they’re keeping that momentum going with a packed tour schedule.

4.12: Black Sheep – Colorado Springs, CO ($20+)
4.18: Observatory North Park – San Diego, CA ($17.50+)
4.20: The Regent Theater – Los Angeles, CA ($17.50+)
4.23: Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas – Las Vegas, NV ($16.50+)
4.24: The Rialto Theatre – Tucson, AZ ($18+)
4.27: The Ballroom at Warehouse Live – Houston, TX ($17+)
5.1: Exit/In – Nashville, TN ($20+)
5.4: Wooly’s – Des Moines, IA ($17+)
5.11: Maverick’s Live – Jacksonville, FL ($17.50+)
6.10: Baby’s All Right – Brooklyn, NY ($12+)

 

Four Tet: Four Tet has never really disappointed, ever. The English electronic musician just recently played unreleased tracks from collaborations with Future Islands, Madlib, and others while subbing in for his pal Benji B on his BBC Radio 1 show. Catch him this spring on stage with his signature laptop, and prepare to groove, a lot.

5.4: Wonderland Ballroom – Portland, OR ($20+)
5.7: Pappy & Harriet’s – Pioneertown, CA ($25+)
5.8: Music Box – San Diego, CA ($25+)

 

Hippo Campus: The Minneapolis indie-rockers are Conan O’Brien-approved. The band performed “Suicide Saturday” on his show last March, before sweeping up fans at SXSW with their infectious sound.

4.28: Top Hat Lounge – Missoula, MT ($12+)
4.30: Mississippi Studios – Portland, OR ($12+)
5.1: The Crocodile – Seattle, WA ($13+)
5.6: The Echo – Los Angeles, CA ($14+)
5.7: Valley Bar – Phoenix, AZ ($12+)
5.13: The House Cafe – DeKalb, IL ($12+)
5.17: First Unitarian Church – Philadelphia, PA ($15+)
5.25: Wooly’s – Des Moines, IA ($13+)

 

Jamie Lawson: The British singer-songwriter was the first artist signed to Ed Sheeran’s Gingerbread Man Records. Find out why as Lawson crosses the pond to support Australian singer-songwriter Vance Joy on his national tour.

5.3: The Chapel – San Francisco, CA ($15+)
5.4: The Troubadour – Los Angeles, CA ($12+)
5.8: World Cafe Live – Philadelphia, PA ($12+)

 

Kaleo: Already stars in their native Iceland, the quartet signed with Atlantic in the U.S. in 2015 and relocated to Austin. Now we’re getting hip to their blend of folk, country, blues and rock, too.

4.30: Marathon Music Works – Nashville, TN ($15+)
5.25: Valley Bar – Phoenix, AZ ($15+)
5.30: Revolution Hall – Portland, OR ($15+)
7.30: WTTS Rock on the River – Indianapolis, IN ($33.50+)

 

Lapsley: The British singer-songwriter’s upcoming debut album, Long Way Home, is one of the most anticipated releases from across the bond. It drops March 4 on powerhouse XL Recordings, home of Adele, The xx, FKA Twigs, and other incredible acts, so you know it’ll be good.

4.20: The Independent – San Francisco, CA ($15+)
4.25: Doug Fir Lounge – Portland, OR ($15+)
5.8: World Cafe Live – Philadelphia, PA ($15+)

 

Miike Snow: The Swedish indie-pop group that needs no introduction is back on the road after releasing their third studio album, iii.

4.11: Roseland Theater – Portland, OR ($25+)
4.13: The Independent – San Francisco, CA
4.14: The Independent – San Francisco, CA
4.21: Pappy & Harriet’s – Pioneertown, CA ($30+)
5.20: Marathon Music Works – Nashville, TN ($25+)
5.21: Balcony Experience – Millvale, PA ($20+)

 

Mothers: Originally a solo project of Kristine Leschper’s while attending art school in Athens, GA, the band grew with her fanbase—which includes Of Montreal’s Kevin Barnes, who asked Mothers to join them on tour to share their delicate indie-pop with the masses. Now they’re doing it again, this time on their own headlining tour.

4.9: Three Links – Dallas, TX ($10+)
4.15: Hal & Mal’s – Jackson, MS ($7+)
4.16: The Syndicate Lounge – Birmingham, AL ($10+)
4.26: DC9 – Washington, DC ($12+)
4.27: Johnny Brenda’s – Philadelphia, PA ($12+)
4.28: Baby’s Alright – Brooklyn, NY ($12+)
5.5: El Club – Detroit, MI ($10+)

 

MOTHXR: Catchy synth-pop led by Gossip Girl actor Penn Badgley. New jam “She Can’t Tell” is already making waves, with their Centerfold LP set to drop Feb. 26.

4.14: High Noon Saloon – Madison, WI ($25+)
4.20: Lee’s Palace – Toronto, ON ($21.50+)
4.25: Union Transfer – Philadelphia, PA ($17+)
4.26: 9:30 Club – Washington, DC ($20+)
4.28: Cat’s Cradle – Carrboro, NC ($16+)
4.29: Terminal West – Atlanta, GA ($16+)
5.1: The Mothlight – Asheville, NC ($15+)

 

PWR BTTM: Raw, earnest and unapologetic, the queer garage-punk duo is known for making tunes that are catchy and challenge the concepts of gender—and dieting (do yourself a favor and listen to the hilarious and too-real “Carbs”). Their 2015 debut, Ugly Cherries, was a hit with music critics. Now they’re on the road with Ra Ra Riot. Hopefully, some new music is coming soon, too.

4.6: The Riot Room – Kansas City, MO ($16+)
4.7: Triple Rock Social Club – Minneapolis, MN ($18+)
4.14: Lee’s Palace – Toronto, ON ($18.50+)
6.26: The Irenic – San Diego, CA ($14+)

 

Rudimental: The English drum and bass group has swepped up awards all throughout Europe, and now they’re bringing their hard hitting sound straight to the US for a few shows that are sure to impress. Don’t miss the group that’s already worked with the likes of Ed Sheeran, John Newman, Foxes, Alex Clare, and so many others.

5.18: Central Park Summerstage – New York, NY ($39.50+)
5.22: Quartyard (DJ set) – San Diego, CA ($35+)

 

Skrizzly Adams: Skrizzly has a sound unto his own that combines country, hip-hop and rock with his balladeer vocals. His self-released 2014 EP Stains put him on the map but after signing to Atlantic Records, it’s safe to say 2016 will be his year.

4.7: Trees – Dallas, TX ($16+)
4.11: Terminal West – Atlanta, GA ($17+)
4.14: 9:30 Club – Washington, DC ($25+)
4.15: Johnny Brenda’s – Philadelphia, PA ($20+)
4.23: Varsity Theater – Minneapolis, MN ($22+)

 

Sunflower Bean: There’s a lot of anticipation for the NY trio’s full-length debut, Human Ceremony, out Feb. 5 on Fat Possum Records. Rightfully so. The sparkly dream-pop of single “Easier Said” has had us in a trance since it dropped last month.

4.6: The Frequency – Madison, WI ($8+)
4.9: Smiling Moose – Pittsburgh, PA ($10+)
4.14: Metro Gallery – Baltimore, MD ($10+)
5.17: Chameleon Club – Lancaster, PA ($10+)
6.11: Zanzabar – Louisville, KY ($10+)

 

The Shelters: Fuzzy, bluesy and drenched in So Cal sunshine, the L.A. band’s brand of feel good rock ‘n’ roll is sure to translate into a good time onstage.

4.6: Troubadour – Los Angeles, CA ($17+)
4.7: The Independent – San Francisco, CA ($17+)
4.9: The State Room – Salt Lake City, UT ($19+)
4.17: The HI-FI – Indianapolis, IN ($17+)
4.21: Lee’s Palace – Toronto, ON ($24+)
4.23: Showcase Lounge – South Burlington, VT ($15+)
5.1: U Street Music Hall – Washington, DC ($18+)
5.3: Terminal West – Atlanta, GA ($18+)

The Struts

The Struts: If this UK rock ‘n’ roll four-piece is good enough to open for the Rolling Stones, then dammit, they’re worth a couple hours of your time and whatever cash you’ve got in your wallet.

4.18: House of Rock – Corpus Christi, TX ($15+)
4.27: The Vogue – Indianapolis, IN ($16+)
4.29: Beale Street Music Festival – Memphis, TN ($105+)
5.2: Wooly’s – Des Moines, IA ($15+)
5.18: The Social – Orlando, FL ($15+)

The Suffers

The Suffers: Groovy and sweet, this Houston-based 10-piece serve up what they call “Gulf Coast Soul.” Give it one listen and you’ll be begging for more. Catch them as they join Lake Street Drive on a national tour.

6.9: Barleycorn’s – Wichita, KS ($10+)

Tor Miller

Tor Miller: Tor Miller’s indie-pop jams will get stuck in your head. It’s just a fact. Take recent single “Carter and Cash,” for example. Nylon called the cut “euphoric” with a “stadium-sized hook that can launch a career and dominate a summer.” Press play, then repeat.

4.6: The Independent – San Francisco, CA ($15+)
4.8: Doug Fir Lounge – Portland, OR ($15+)
4.9: The Crocodile – Seattle, WA ($15+)
4.20: Johnny Brenda’s – Philadelphia, PA ($6+)
4.21: U Street Music Hall – Washington, DC ($15+)

We’re Facebook official… Introducing Facebook Official Events

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One single event shared among venues, artists, and promoters.

In 2010, we launched Amplifier, an easy way for partners to amplify an event on social media channels like Facebook to reach more fans. Since then, social media has grown immensely while remaining a go-to source of information—like when a band is coming to town. We’ve always recognized the power of combining social media and ticketing and today, we’re taking that one step further by integrating Facebook Official Events with our self-service platform. Official Events make it even easier to amplify and share your event on Facebook to all your audiences.

Facebook Official Events are single events shared among venues, artists, and promoters in order to maximize event visibility. Official events reduce duplicates while consolidating audiences to a single event with multiple hosts. Best of all? Your workflow stays pretty much the same. This is another part of our master plan to save you time, help you sell more tickets, and keep everyone closely connected to the live events they love.

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The new Ticketfly iOS app is here

Our latest effort to reach more fans and improve the event experience

The Ticketfly iOS app has arrived! Before you read any further, download this bad boy and take it for a spin.

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Our goal is to connect more people to live events and today we took a big step forward with the launch of our new app. The app lets fans easily search for more than 90,000 events powered by Ticketfly each year. Want recommendations for what to see? Our expert curators are hand-picking tastemaker events in our top markets, so everyone can discover something great to experience.

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We specifically designed the app to have the shortest possible path-to-purchase. Fans can buy tickets in as few as two taps with secure, stored payment and shipping preferences. For upcoming events, onsale reminders will ensure no one misses out. Less time and hassle to buy means more ticket sales for you and more live event experiences for fans.

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Beyond selling tickets lightening fast, the app is also super slick. The user experience was built with our new brand in mind, designed to bring everyone closer to live event experiences. Event detail pages are rich with videos, song clips, and artists biographies, so that fans can learn more and get hyped up before an event. Our click and hold purchase confirmation elegantly ensures fans are intentionally buying tickets.

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Digital tickets are stored directly within the app, which means no futzing around in bags and pockets for paper tickets, and fewer folks standing in line at will call. All part of our master plan to give you faster lines and happier fans.

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The Ticketfly iOS app is one more way for you to reach fans on the go, wherever they are. It’s also foundational to the work we’re doing with Pandora. The underlying technology powering our app will help us build the world’s most powerful music platform. Read more about our app journey over on Medium. We’re one step further down the road to reimagining the live event experience for everyone. Now, let’s party.

Paint the town green with Ticketfly

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We’ve been hit with the luck of the Irish. This St. Patrick’s Day, we’ve got an abundance of awesome concerts and parties across the country, holiday-related and otherwise. So put on your favorite green T, house a plate of corned beef and cabbage, and get ready. You’ve got some pinching—and dancing—to do.

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Sure, this may be an Irish celebration, but America’s capital knows how to show our Leprechaun-loving brethren a good time. Come for the celtic rock of Young Dubliners. Stay for the soothing R&B of Dwele, Galactic’s funk, and the spectacle of McDonald’s-themed Black Sabbath cover band Mac Sabbath

3.17: Young Dubliners – The Hamilton; Washington, D.C. ($30+)

3.17: St. Patrick’s Day Party with Black Masala, The Funk Ark, Definition of One – Jammin Java; Vienna, VA ($10+)

3.18: Dwele – Baltimore Soundstage; Baltimore ($25+)

3.18: Galactic – 9:30 Club; Washington, D.C. ($30+)

3.18: XXYYXX – U Street Music Hall; Washington, D.C. ($5+)

3.19: Slamrocked 2016: The St. Paddy’s Day Rave – Bambou; Baltimore ($20+)

3.19: Tortoise – Black Cat; Washington, D.C. ($15+)

3.20: Earthless – DC9 Nightclub; Washington, D.C. ($15+)

3.21: Hippie Sabotage – U Street Music Hall; Washington, D.C. ($17+)

3.21: Mac Sabbath – Baltimore Soundstage; Baltimore ($13+)

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Leap Day = more events for all

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As if 365 days wasn’t enough, the universe decided to give us an extra day this year. Sure, February 29 falls on a Monday—damn you, universe!—but don’t let an extra work day get you down. Instead, get jumpin’ with these Leap Day shows, parties and stand-up.

 

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From “lo-fi surf-wop” to “electronic art-pop,” you can always count on L.A. to deliver 24/7/366—and on the cheap, too!

Sad Girl, Walter, Clean Spill – Resident; Los Angeles ($5+)

Bright Missiles, Jubilo Drive, Bedbugs, Ghosts In Pocket – Silverlake Lounge; Los Angeles (Free)

David Bowie Tribute Show – The Echo; Los Angeles ($5+)

Wild Wild Horses – Echoplex; Los Angeles (Free)

The Controversy and Pom Poms – The Satellite; Los Angeles (Free)

The Gromble, Partybaby, Work Friend – The Wayfarer; Costa Mesa (Free)

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Meet Noel Peters, Toronto’s Metal Man

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Noel Peters has been bringing the noise—literally—to Toronto for the past two decades. Peters’ company, Inertia Entertainment, has hosted some of the biggest metal bands in the world, from Sepultura and Cannibal Corpse to Mastodon and Ghost. It’s a labor of love for Peters, who started his career as a concert promoter simply to help out his friends’ bands. Twenty years later, he’s still got his horns held high with no signs of slowing down. He celebrates the 20-year milestone with a hand-picked metal blowout featuring some of his favorite bands on February 27 at The Opera House in Toronto. 

We caught up with Peters to chat about pre-Internet promotion, his career highlights, and what’s in store for the next 20 years.

How’d you get into the business?

I started out trying to help my friends’ bands break into the Toronto music scene and get some gigs [and] building networks with other Toronto area bands. The way to get them in front of a larger audience was to try to find bigger touring bands and get them to open for them. It took a lot of phone calls, a lot of faxing, a lot of perseverance to get taken seriously. In the first year in 1996 I managed to get some smaller touring bands; not really anything significant. It wasn’t until the second year in 1997 where I managed to land some larger touring acts to help get more exposure for local bands I was working with at the time. From there, it took off like wildfire.

To give a little more of an explanation: There weren’t any minor level touring acts. All of the bigger, club-level metal bands were bypassing Toronto. They’d been bypassing Toronto for close to five years because there wasn’t a promoter picking up the shows and doing the gigs with them. The big ones like Slayer, Pantera, Metallica, etc. they all played here; they were all promoted by what is now essentially Live Nation concerts. But the smaller bands that I would go and see in the 1980s and early ’90s like Morbid Angel and Cannibal Corpse, these bands all just bypassed Toronto. As I broke this nut to open up this network of larger touring bands to come through Toronto, it just kind of spread that there was a guy in Toronto who was booking these shows again. It morphed into something much bigger than what I ever expected it to be. Twenty years later, I’m sitting here still doing this.

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