Opinion

Quit being a Negative Nancy

Prince Rupert seems to be full of Negative Nancys and one thing I’ve heard time and again is how there’s nothing to do in Prince Rupert on weekends.

This is not only untrue, but very insulting for the many hardworking people and groups that organize arts and entertainment events in the community.

Since I started working at the Prince Rupert Northern View, I’ve covered countless concerts, plays, comedy shows, dance performances and events on the weekends. Something that never ceases to amaze me is the lack of people attending many of these shows. Sadly, at some of these performances there are under 30 per cent of the seats filled up.

There is plenty of entertainment in Prince Rupert and it seems those complaining don’t ever bother checking out any of these shows. Speaking as someone who has covered lots of performances in the community, I can tell you there truly is something for everyone. Folk, rock, country, reggae, hip hop shows, hilarious plays and skits, the list goes on and on.

I have troubles believing all of the people complaining wouldn’t be interested in any of the shows being offered to the people of Prince Rupert.

I have heard from a number of organizers that selling tickets before an event in Prince Rupert is like pulling teeth. It’s difficult; it seems no matter what the performance is, people don’t seem to buy tickets in advance.

I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve dreaded having to cover an arts or entertainment performance, and by the end of the show I ended up absolutely loving the group or individual I saw.

Only on very rare occasions have I not ended up enjoying a performance.

It would be nice to see some of Rupert’s Negative Nancys filling up seats and buying tickets before they jump to conclusions about there being nothing to do in Prince Rupert.

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