Whether it's Justin Bieber or the Rolling Stones that fans want to see in concert, they'll likely be paying dearly.
"At first, we only spent $350. Then, the next time, we spent $450," 16-year-old Bieber fan Cara Corbett and her best friend Tyra Bright told CBC News.
"This year, it was like $650 and I was like 'I'm done ... I'm not spending any more.'"
Back in the 1970s, a ticket to a Rolling Stones concert in Toronto cost around $8. Tickets for the band's upcoming Toronto stops on its 50th annversary tour start at $166.50, with the priciest spots listed for upwards of $600 a seat.
One explanation is that established acts like the Stones or Fleetwood Mac simply weren't as popular or considered iconic in decades past — and couldn't command as high a premium. There are acts that now rely on touring as their main source of revenue.
Another problem is that many groups — from sponsors to resellers and brokers — get access to tickets before the general public.
However, according to ticket sales giant Ticketmaster, a major factor is the massive and elaborate shows that make up today's typical concert experience.
"[In the past, there were no] massive video screens and production elements," said Ticketmaster Canada executive Patti-Anne Tarlton. "Whereas you look at today: [they're] massive, massive live entertainment spectacles, really."
Aaron Saltzman reports.