Being an Ottawa native, hockey is MY sport: Go Sens Go! As a business owner in this town hockey tickets are usually my go-to entertainment for clients and employees but there are other options. With or without a lockout, one can still take advantage of the entertainment tax credit without breaking the bank!
The Canada Revenue Agency allows businesses to claim 50% of most entertainment expenses incurred in the normal course of business. It also allows 100% claim on employer-sponsored events available to all employees and tickets to fundraising events. For more information check out this bulletin from the CRA.
So where does one go when there’s no hockey?
Have you considered the NAC? I recently took my daughter to see Beauty & The Beast on Broadway at the NAC and I must say the experience was a delight from start to finish! Located in the heart of downtown there was plenty of indoor parking. The view from our box seats was incredible (not to mention ample leg room and comfortable seats!) and we truly enjoyed our evening. Being in the
terminal phase last weeks of my pregnancy I was happy to see the washrooms were easily accessible. The staff was friendly and helpful and the show was amazing. I could go on and on about set design, the cast, the music – all of which surpassed all my expectations – but what’s really important is we had a great time.
The NAC offers a variety of options from the orchestra and the ballet to classic theater and variety shows; you can even get tickets to ‘Just For Laugh’s’ and other comedy events (my personal favorite)! The best part? Tickets to most events are reasonably priced. There’s no need to break the bank to entertain a special client and no Thursday night traffic jam on your way to the rink.
So even with this lockout there’s still plenty of amazing, affordable entertainment options available in this wonderful city of ours. Take a chance on something new, break out the party dress and suits, and go have fun with your staff and business associates!