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This article was published on January 17, 2013

    Ticketfly acquires Prime Box Office as it moves into Canada for its first international expansion

    Ticketfly acquires Prime Box Office as it moves into Canada for its first international expansion Image by: Brand X Pictures
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    Ticketfly has announced a push into the Canadian market through the acquisition of local ticketing company Prime Box Office and agreements with event promoters Collective Concerts and Union Events. The ticketing platform startup has also hired a team on the ground to help it gain a foothold in the market.

    CEO Andrew Dreskin said in a statement that, given the company’s “history and relationships in Canada”, it made sense to head there for its first international expansion.

    “We offer Canadian venues and event promoters something they haven’t experienced before – a modern, integrated digital marketing and ticketing platform that provides real, measurable value by streamlining operations and driving incremental ticket sales,” he said.

    Calgary-based Union Events specializes in concert promotion for rock and electronic dance music shows, while Collective Concerts promotes for several top venues in Toronto. Other partners include Calgary Students’ Union and Inertia Entertainment.

    Bruce Morrison, who formerly headed operations at Ticketmaster Canada, will serve as Ticketfly’s country director.  Prime Box Office president Greg Stephenson will join the team as sales director for western Canada.

    Ticketfly CMO Gannon Hall pointed to high Internet penetration and social networking activity among Canadians as another reason for the expansion, as well as the fact that folks at the company are fans of Canadian musicians Rush and Neil Young.

    Ticketfly began selling tickets in 2009 and has been growing rapidly ever since. Its focus on implementing new technology solutions has led it to take advantage of developments like Apple’s Passbook. The company was one of Facebook’s early Open Graph partners with an app that lets users buy tickets directly on the social networking service.

    The startup has raised $37 million across several rounds of funding.

    Image credit: Brand X Pictures