Originally Posted by ue
^ It isn't about who has the flashier Downtown. Calgary has better air connections, is closer to other markets for those touring by land, and just simply is more well known. Edmonton is a bit of a forgotten place. It's amazing how much more Calgary is mentioned even on these very forums, even when Edmonton is closer (like the S'toon forums).
1. No real news as opposed to the fantastic and 'huge' events that Edmonton pulls off at the same time as the Stampede?
2. If the Stampede is "unique" then the Fringe, Folk Fest, et al are heaps more unique. And it isn't just Pride or F1 that get huge promotion across the country, like I said, it seem like any significant festival that occurs in those cities makes national news. Fringe? Nah. I mean really, let's talk about a street sale in Toronto (which may be huge) but not the 2nd largest Fringe fest in the world. Nah.
To get a story on the news it has to be interesting and timed correctly. Local fluff pieces from Toronto end to filter up into national news more because a good portion of the population of the country is in the GTA and there is more local news to begin with there, so when the national is running short, what gets the late add?
I am sure Fringe is great, but it certainly doesn't have the perception of a sort of mass event that envelopes the city. Lots of complaints in the local media about its relative decline compared to the past even.
I remember as a kid hearing about fringe, and it seemed great, but was there nearly as much experimental theatre spread around accessibly locally outside of festivals even in the mid 90s? Perhaps the concept is just too normal now.
Now if the festival brought it some very crazy acts, generated some controversy, that might be different.
But back to the arena, if the Band/singer/anything is coming to Alberta once Calgary has the new barn up I would guess there will be a lot more 1 night in each city type tours. I doubt they will be back to back however. (my understanding is the huge acts tour with multiple stages, to bring two stages to Alberta would be pretty wasteful. Would hopefully result in better dates for shows, but we can only hope)