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Toronto wins crowdfunded Kpop concert

Toronto's Kpop fans will be having a good year. While the Toronto Kpop Convention won't get started until May, fans here have won the year's first KrowdPop event, which isn't a tweenie bopper krautrock program but rather an international site that allows fans to vote for the Kpop bands they want to bring to their city.

Enough initial votes on KrowdPop led the site to create a crowdfunding page where fans can purchase tickets to the democratically requested concert, and if enough tickets sell to support the band's performance, the show is officially booked and tickets go on sale to the general public. (If interest is too low, all donations are refunded.)

TLDR: Toronto's getting Ailee, Jay Park, and San E at Massey Hall March 20. Tickets run from $65 - $270.

The success of the campaign bodes well for Toronto's music scene in general, not to mention the thirst of our Kpop fans. At this time, Istanbul, a city with an official population almost seven times greater than ours, is currently running a similar campaign which has only four days left to complete over 90% funding.

It's a new era for live music, and as festivals and promoters focus less on acting as taste makers and more on following the tide of a (hopefully) more educated public's demand, crowdfunded concerts will likely become a more common phenomena in Toronto.

Would you donate to my Angels in America NoiseFund.com project? Let us know in the comments.

Lead image: Ailee


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