Ticketmaster is now the exclusive ticketing partner for the NHL’s Montreal Canadiens and Groupe CH’s 20 Quebec-based venues and festivals.
Los Angeles, CA — Ticketmaster, the global leader in ticketing, announced a long-term, exclusive ticketing partnership with Montreal-based Groupe CH, one of the world’s top ranked sports & entertainment companies, which manages more than 1,500 events every year across 20 venues and festival sites.
Ticketmaster will serve as the official primary and resale ticketing partner for the Montreal Canadiens, Bell Centre, Place Bell, MTelus, the Corona Theatre and more, providing a safe and secure platform for fans to buy, sell and transfer verified tickets. The deal also includes numerous high-profile festivals including Osheaga, Heavy Montreal, and Ile Soniq.
With this partnership, Montreal Canadiens fans will enjoy a significantly streamlined ticket purchase and event experience at Bell Centre as the team integrates Ticketmaster’s market-leading technology into the official Montreal Canadiens mobile app. All Groupe CH’s teams, venues and festivals will utilize Ticketmaster’s digital ticketing and fan identity platform – Ticketmaster Presence – to personalize the event experience, including everything from venue entry to upgraded offerings. Fans will access tickets on their mobile devices and can download tickets to their digital wallets to expedite entry.
“Groupe CH has experienced tremendous growth over recent years, and we’re excited to partner with a global leader like Ticketmaster who will not only provide the technology and scale to power the ticketing of our teams, venues and events, but also help us amplify our digital marketing capabilities,” said France Margaret Bélanger, EVP Commercial and Corporate Affairs of the Montreal Canadiens. “Ticketmaster’s digital entry experience will be of particular interest to our fans based on its success in dramatically reducing fraudulent tickets while also delivering creative fan engagement opportunities.”
“We could not be more excited to expand our partnership with Groupe CH, a global leader in sports and entertainment, and to deliver the best experience possible to their millions of fans,” said Patti-Anne Tarlton, Chairman of Ticketmaster, Canada. “We know that Ticketmaster’s scale, coupled with our state-of-the-art products and services will support Groupe CH’s phenomenal number of events while providing fans with a seamless ticketing experience. We’re looking forward to working together as we enter this new era of ticketing.”
Ticketmaster employs over 600 people in Canada, with deep roots in the province of Quebec including a 240-person strong workforce between Montreal and Quebec City. The Quebec City-based product and engineering team creates and develops industry-leading tools used around the world to help get tickets into the hands of fans.
Ticketmaster is the global market leader in live event ticketing that drives 500 million ticket transactions per year. Through exclusive partnerships with thousands of venues, artists, sports leagues, and arts and theatre tours, Ticketmaster delivers unparalleled access to the most iconic live events to millions of fans worldwide.
About Groupe CH
Groupe CH is one of Canada’s leaders in delivering high‐quality sports and entertainment to sports fans, concert‐goers and cultural event enthusiasts. Groupe CH is recognized as one of North America’s leading providers of amazing experiences. Among its main assets are the NHL’s Montreal Canadiens, the most decorated franchise in professional hockey history, and the Laval Rocket, the club’s AHL affiliate. Groupe CH owns and operates the venues its teams train and play in, including Bell Centre (which Groupe CH owns), Place Bell in Laval and the Bell Sports Complex in Brossard.
On the entertainment side, Groupe CH has two main affiliates, evenko and l’Équipe Spectra, acquired in 2013, and is a shareholder of Just for Laugh since 2018. The concert venues it owns or operates includes Bell Centre, Place Bell, MTelus, Corona Theatre, l’Astral, Théâtre L’Étoile Banque Nationale and Le Club DIX30. It also provides fans from all over the province with remarkable live music and entertainment events, and world‐renowned summer festivals OSHEAGA Music & Arts Festival, îLESONIQ, Heavy Montreal, 77’ Montreal, Festival YUL EAT, as well as the Montreal International Jazz Festival, Les Francos de Montréal, Montréal en Lumière and La Nuit Blanche. evenko ranks 13th among concert promoters worldwide and has become the most important independent promoter and producer in the country with over 1,500 musical, family and sporting events annually. It has driven Groupe CH to grow and develop venues and world‐class events to be at the forefront of innovative ways to bring excitement to music fans.