The executive producer of the Aboriginal Pavilion, a partner celebration of the Pan Am Games, says low attendance, which has resulted in a slew of media attention, is simply the result of growing pains.
“We’re the new kids on the block,” Cynthia Lickers-Sage tells Yahoo Canada News. “This is the first time the Pan Am Games have ever embraced an Aboriginal Pavilion and we’re working through all the kinks and bumps.”
Reports have focused on disappointed vendors, who’ve come from across Canada and shelled out big bucks to sell their wares at the 10-day Toronto event, only to be disappointed by a low turnout.
Along with an artisan market, the Aboriginal Pavilion features hours of nightly performances along with food vendors. A concert by electronic group A Tribe Called Red attracted 1,400 people to the pavilion, making it the most popular event of the festival. Pavilion officials are hoping a powwow on Saturday will also draw big crowds.
Some blame a lack of advertising, competition fromRead More »from Pan Am aboriginal festival attracting less-than-expected crowds