Ticketmaster COO Patti-Anne Tarlton to Be Inducted Into Canadian Music & Broadcast Industry Hall of Fame

David Leyes
Patti-Anne Tarlton

The honor will take place May 10 at Toronto's Rebel Nightclub, as part of the annual awards gala dinner during Canadian Music Week (May 7-13).

Ticketmaster Canada chief operating officer Patti-Anne Tarlton will be inducted into the Canadian Music and Broadcast Industry Hall of Fame next year. The honor will take place May 10 at Toronto's Rebel Nightclub, as part of the annual awards gala dinner during Canadian Music Week (May 7-13). 

"I have admired Patti-Anne throughout the years, seeing her rise through the ranks, and succeeding at every new level she takes on," said CMW president Neill Dixon in a statement. "She continues to set a high standard in the music industry and is a true inspiration to everyone, especially young females seeking to get into the business."

Tarlton, who was featured in Billboard's Women in Music 2017 list last month, has spent her career as a concert promoter, venue operator and sports and entertainment executive in Vancouver, Montreal and Toronto. She will be just the fourth woman to be inducted into the Canadian Music and Broadcast Industry Hall of Fame, joining Alanis Morissette, Jann Arden and Cowboy Junkies singer Margo Timmins. 

The first inductee to the Canadian Music and Broadcast Industry Hall of Fame was Kroum Pindoff in 1989. Since then there have been 44 inductees, including multiple people as part of bands, such as Rush and the Guess Who. Other industry execs include Bruce Allen, Michael Cohl, Sam Feldman, Arthur Fogel and Steve Kane.  Tarlton's uncle -- concert promoter Donald K. Donald Productions and owner of Aquarius Records -- was inducted in 1999.

"While I have enjoyed a career and not been set back by my gender, I have two girls and I envision a world where they don't have to think about gender," the younger Tarlton told Women's Post in a recent interview. "I do know that we have a network of really talented women across the country though there are not enough women on civic or government advisory boards. I do feel like I have a responsibility to push women along as well as well as motivate and inspire. If I take lessons from my own life, it is about putting yourself out there. I do not think twice about delivering myself in a conversation and pushing something forward without the one to one."

Following in her uncle's footsteps, Tarlton got her start in operations as a concert promoter and over the next 14 years promoted concerts for Perryscope Concerts, DKD Concerts and House of Blues Concerts. She headed the live entertainment division for Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment (MLSE) as vice-president for 13 years.

As COO of Ticketmaster Canada, Tarlton is responsible for the features and products that Ticketmaster sells, including the technology that is used to sell and market tickets. Her mandate is "to ensure its innovative and revolutionary new products and tools deliver exceptional value to Canadian clients and ticket buyers alike," according to the release.

"Throughout the course of my career, I have had the good fortune to live and work from coast to coast with many of the pioneers that built the industry in Canada," Tarlton said in a statement. "It has been a wild ride and I have met so many inspiring, passionate and creative people. I am incredibly honoured to be invited into the Canadian Music and Broadcast Hall of Fame; the members inducted before me have been my mentors and role models.
 
"Since joining Ticketmaster, I have witnessed the transformation of the live event experience and how we can help enable artists to connect with their fans. I could not be more proud to continue to promote the Canadian live music industry on a global scale."

Tarlton has previously received the Women of Influence Award from Venues Today, won Coach of the Year from Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment and was nominated for Facility Executive of the Year twice for Pollstar. She also serves as a board member of Musicounts, Ontario Chamber of Commerce, Music Canada Live and is an appointed member of the Toronto Music Advisory Council. She served on the CARAS board for eight years.