Way to go Canadians!!

Canadians’ entertainment spending on the rise
Canadian spending on entertainment outside the home is increasing faster than other household spending, according to a study by Statistics Canada.
The consumer market for movies, spectator sports, performing arts and visits to heritage institutions expanded from $2.3 billion in 1998 to $3.2 billion in 2003, an increase of 41 per cent, the federal agency reported on Tuesday.
Average household spending over the same period rose 19 per cent. But entertainment spending remains a low fraction of overall spending, about 0.5 per cent.
On average, Canadian families spent $273 on these entertainment services annually in 2003. The report was based on data from Statistics Canada’s Survey of Household Spending from 1998 and 2003.
About 40 per cent of the money went to movies, 31 per cent on performing arts and 17 per cent on sports events.
The biggest increase came in spending on sports events. The average rose 44 per cent over the five years, mainly because of higher ticket prices for spectator sports.
Spending on performing arts was highest in Ontario and Quebec, the provinces with the largest number of dance and theatre companies, and lowest in the Maritimes, where there are fewer opportunities to see the performing arts.
The biggest spenders overall on entertainment were in Ontario, British Columbia and Alberta, where average family income is highest. Couples with children spent the most.
Residents of Ontario and Alberta were the most avid movie-goers in 2003, spending about $120 per household, compared with households in Saskatchewan that spent just $62 each at the cinema.