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Hundreds of tickets still available for Times of India Film Awards in Vancouver

If you want to get up close and personal with Bollywood celebrities visiting Vancouver, you can still land a ticket to tonight’s musical extravaganza.

And don’t be shy to bring all your friends – the show is far from sold out, according to the websites selling the tickets.

Despite TOIFA claims that the show “virtually sold out in the first two hours” in Vancouver Desi in February, there are still hundreds of tickets available for both the Times of India Film Awards musical extravaganza at the Pacific Coliseum tonight at 8 p.m. and the TOIFA awards gala at BC Place on Saturday at 8 p.m.

The TOIFA website states that based on high demand, new sections were added to the event at BC Place. A spokesperson was not immediately available for comment.

On Thursday afternoon, there were still eight side-by-side tickets in the 17th row available for the evening show on TicketLeader.ca. (Tickets cost between $50 and $200.)

For Saturday’s main event, tickets ranging from $60 to $525 were still available on TicketMaster.ca.

In February when the show appeared sold out, Premier Christy Clark weighed in on the event’s success in a post on her Facebook page.

“Great to hear the Times of India Film Awards sold out in a single day. Hosting the awards show is a tremendous economic opportunity for British Columbia," her post stated.

The province spent $11 million on hosting and promoting the event. It estimates 400 million viewers in India and around the world will watch the event in Vancouver this weekend and that the event will attract $13 million to $18 million in direct spending during the event, according to a ministry of tourism news release.

At least one Bollywood film, "Kaneda" by Amit Kapoor and Abhay Deol's networks, will shoot in B.C. due to TOIFA, according to the government.

Meanwhile, dozens of fans visited the Vancouver airport Thursday afternoon to catch a glimpse of heartthrob Ranbir Kapoor – one fan even flew from Toronto for a chance to see him.

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