Festivals are feeling the construction crunch

But Tourism Toronto says visitors don't mind the lane closures and jack-hammering

The more traffic cones and lane reductions you see on the roads, the more construction season clashes with festival season.

Major events in the city are taking a hit because of construction delays both in numbers and upset ticket-holders.

According to Patrick Taylor of the TD Toronto Jazz Festival, the slowdowns mean they have to market their event to people who live downtown or close to it.

That means reduced attendance.

General Manager of the Toronto Fringe Fest Lucy Eveleigh says construction doesn't mean fewer people are coming, just that they have more upset people on their hands who are late.

They have a policy where they don't let people who are late into shows and don't offer refunds or exchanges. She says, people need to plan accordingly when they come to the Fringe Festival.  

But Tourism Toronto says construction isn't affecting numbers on their end.
Vice President of Communications Andrew Weir says the lane reductions because of roadwork and downtown developments hits residents harder than visitors.

He claims not only do tourists seem impressed there is development going on in the city but it may get them to come back to see the finished product. Weir says the traffic headaches on Bremner over the past few years, led to the new Ripley's Aquarium.

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