Former US president Barack Obama is coming to Toronto this month to give an address at a lunchtime event hosted by Canada 2020, an Ottawa based think-tank.
After Obama’s remarks on civic engagement, community leadership and tolerance, an “on-stage discussion on a wide-range of topics” will take place.
However, when the former President’s Toronto appearance was first announced, it was reported that individual tickets would not be available and that tables of 10 at $10,000 a pop would be the only option for those wishing to attend.
Canada2020 has since announced that individual tickets will now, in fact, be available to the public. According to their website, there are now 3 ticket tiers for the event:
Tier 1: Tables of 10
What you get: a reserved table of 10 at or near the front of the room, with a served lunch for you and your guests
Tier 2: Individual Lunch Seats (limit 2)
What you get: a reserved seat at a table of 10 near the front of the room, with lunch served. You will be assigned a table.
Tier 3: Festival seating (limit 4)
What you get: a festival seat behind the reserved tables. No lunch is served but concession options may be available. Seating is not reserved, and will be allocated on a first-come, first-serve basis on the event day.
So, while the tables of 10 are still available for $10,000, so too is the option for an individual to sit at one of those tables for $1,000 (while not having to buy more than 1 ticket). As well, ‘festival seating’, which does not include lunch or possibly even a seat, is available for $244+ tax.
And while $250 isn’t exactly pocket change, it is more in line with what you might pay to see the likes of U2, Bruce Springsteen, or The Rolling Stones.
And make no mistake, to many, Obama is every bit the rockstar they are.
Barack Obama in Toronto
When: September 29
Where: Metro Toronto Convention Centre, 222 Bremner Blvd, Toronto
Tickets are now available here