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#21 ZGsta

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Posted 04 August 2009 - 09:28 AM

Reminds me of last year when I went to the Moss Street paint in. I parked on a side street in front of a house. Less than 30 seconds after I stopped the car, some old lady comes storming out of her house to inform me that the street was for resident parking only and if I didn't move my car she would have it towed.

The paint-in is held in the same place every year and for 1 day this lady has a car parked in front of her house. Sheesh.


I've been having so many experiences lately with old people in this town being downright hostile for the pettiest reasons. It's weird.

#22 victorian fan

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Posted 05 August 2009 - 04:33 PM

Splash donations help keep Victoria Symphony afloat

Donations from this year's Bayview Symphony Splash are up $5,000 from last year.
Organizers raked in $75,000 from the Sunday night free concert in the Inner Harbour.

http://www.bclocalne...s/52528612.html

#23 Pyroteknik

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Posted 06 August 2009 - 07:42 AM

The most common complaint I've heard is that the fireworks were lame. I completely agree, however I also understand that fireworks are not supposed to be the focal point of the show. They also cost a lot of money to host. It's too bad they can't get a few more big corporate sponsors and put on a worthy finale.

#24 Mike K.

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Posted 07 August 2009 - 12:53 PM

How do you go from $40,000 to $75,000?

The announcement calling for more donations just before the final piece (claiming donations were $20,000 shy of the goal) generated $35,000 in revenue?

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#25 G-Man

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Posted 07 August 2009 - 01:12 PM

Adam Sawatsky must have been driving those volunteers hard to have them count the money in the buckets and figure out how much they were short before the end of the evening.

#26 VicHockeyFan

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Posted 19 January 2010 - 06:50 AM

http://www.timescolo...8290/story.html

Symphony Splash seeks sponsor for Victoria's most popular public event

$75,000 needed for free outdoor concert; players to take salary cut

By Jim Gibson, Times Colonist
January 19, 2010 6:12 AM


Bah, I still don't know why it costs $75,000 for this thing. Barge rental? Set up a nice viewing bleacher that the barge company gets free. Policing costs? No, the City asks for none. Workers? No, they are all volunteers, with t-shirts that they should trade the production company for Symphony tickets. Advertising? Does it really need any?

I think it's time to charge. $5, and if all they get is 20,000 people, they are still way up. Let kids in free still, but adults $5.

#27 spanky123

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Posted 19 January 2010 - 07:19 AM

I think that the $75K is budgeted as part of the overall symphony funding.

I was suprised to read the headline which stated that players were taking a salary cut, only then to find out that the players were simply reducing the amount of their annual raise from 5% to 1.5%.

To a lot of people working in town right now a 1.5% pay increase would be very welcome.

#28 piltdownman

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Posted 19 January 2010 - 07:50 AM

Just for reference the current Canadian inflation rate (year over year) released is 0.9641%, so 1.5% leads inflation.

#29 victorian fan

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Posted 01 August 2010 - 04:40 PM

Symphony Splash comes of age with a nautical theme, tonight at 7:30
TC IAN SHELTON

The 21st edition of one of North America's largest symphony concerts is dedicated to the Canadian navy's centennial, and the Pacific fleet's own ensemble will get things started at 4 p.m. with numbers from the Canadian Naval Centennial Roadshow.

Read more: http://www.vancouver...l#ixzz0vP983ru6

#30 yodsaker

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Posted 01 August 2010 - 09:43 PM

Just came back from it and apart from the young solo violinist and the fireworks it was a snoozefest.
The first half featured more platitudes and banalities than music. Somebody ought to understand that pacing is important, get the audience engaged don't narcotize them 20 minutes in.

#31 VicHockeyFan

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Posted 13 August 2012 - 03:32 PM

Splash raises $71,000 this year.

Meanwhile, the little airshow raised over $20,000. I know, slightly different causes, but why not make the Splash a $5 or $10 pay-event?
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#32 Benezet

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Posted 13 August 2012 - 03:50 PM

Splash raises $71,000 this year.

Meanwhile, the little airshow raised over $20,000. I know, slightly different causes, but why not make the Splash a $5 or $10 pay-event?


I doubt the Symphony folks would ever be allowed to fence off the entire audience area and then collect admission money at the gate, as can be done at, say, Centennial Square.

My thought is that they ought to be selling merchandise and soliciting donations on-site a whole heckuva lot more aggressively than they have been....

#33 Mike K.

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Posted 13 August 2012 - 04:02 PM

Same old song. We hear how dismal donations are every single year and this won't change unless festival organizers adopt different strategies. For instance why are people forced to bring their own chairs to this event and muscle in on a vantage point? Bring some order and civility to the whole thing by setting up 1,000 seats along the causeway and charge a meaningful rate for the privilege. I guarantee you those 1,000 seats will sell like hotcakes considering 40,000 people attend the event.

Heck, I bet if they aligned their strategy with a few hotels they cold sell out those 1,000 seats simply through hotels pushing the event to their guests. And if that works, put up bleachers along Belleville high enough to give individuals a decent view but low enough to not obscure the view from the Leg and charge $10 per bum.

This stuff isn't rocket science.

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#34 Benezet

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Posted 13 August 2012 - 04:17 PM

... And if that works, put up bleachers along Belleville high enough to give individuals a decent view but low enough to not obscure the view from the Leg and charge $10 per bum.


Maybe they've since stopped, but a couple of years ago they did exactly that. There was only one tiny section of bleachers, however....

#35 Nparker

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Posted 13 August 2012 - 04:37 PM

...why not make the Splash a $5 or $10 pay-event?


Because then attendance would drop by at least 50%. Victorians are a cheap lot. :redface:

#36 VicHockeyFan

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Posted 13 August 2012 - 05:03 PM

I doubt the Symphony folks would ever be allowed to fence off the entire audience area and then collect admission money at the gate, as can be done at, say, Centennial Square.

My thought is that they ought to be selling merchandise and soliciting donations on-site a whole heckuva lot more aggressively than they have been....


To the first point, they would not need very aggressive fencing. It's the Symphony after all. No going past Humboldt and Wharf/Government, and a couple other major points unless you have paid for a wrist-band.

Second point, I agree.
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#37 Benezet

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Posted 13 August 2012 - 05:25 PM

Perhaps they ought to fix up the floating stage, and make it a little more interesting to look at. Like this:



#38 VicHockeyFan

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Posted 13 August 2012 - 05:26 PM

EDIT: ^ That's amazing!

This is from the 2006 article:

The tourism office offers virtually no support, save for including photos on some promo materials.

"You'd think we just don't exist if you ever went to Tourism Victoria," Handman says.

Strange, isn't it? After all, the Symphony Splash attracts scads of tourists, as well as locals.

Some even book their visits here to fit in with the show. Is Tourism Victoria missing the boat?


See, I think we miss the boat here, as we don't have any real signature events, although this could be one. I mean, Tourism Victoria I suppose does a good job promoting Victoria as a place to come, but who really plans to come here when a special event is on. Sometimes on, say Canada Day, I wonder how many tourists just lucked out, and showed up on that day/weekend, had no idea. Heck, if they don't read the newspapers, or do an early cruise of the harbour, they might not even know there are fireworks that night, they could miss them. Outside of downtown I don't see much Canada Day celebrating, no extra flags.
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#39 VicHockeyFan

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Posted 10 August 2014 - 05:35 AM

Ah yes, it's the annual see-how-cheap-we-are meter.  And again, we confirm it.  $40,000 in donations, from a crowd of over 40,000.  Well down from $75,000 in 2009.

 

http://www.timescolo...-rise-1.1305319

 

The Symphony says "there is no significant surplus... we don't make money, it's our gift to the community".  Well, I guess with most funding for this $300,000 event coming from the government, it's actually our gift to ourselves.


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#40 Benezet

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Posted 10 August 2014 - 08:42 AM

... Well, I guess with most funding for this $300,000 event coming from the government, it's actually our gift to ourselves.

The article didn't say that, it said:

"...which is mostly covered through in-kind donations and volunteer labour, as well as government support."

No percentage was indicated.

Where did you get your information that "most funding" was from the government?

Edited by Benezet, 10 August 2014 - 08:42 AM.


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