Coming from Canada, people are usually “forced” to travel long distances to attend events. I’m fortunate enough to have been born and raised in the Toronto area, where events regularly take place. Aside from the traffic and the horrible public transportation system (from the suburbs), it doesn’t take too much effort to get to, say, a fundraiser or film festival.
There are, however, people who will happily drive 4 hours to attend events in the city, and a lot of Toronto-based event organizers use all of Ontario (and Quebec) as target markets. It might seem crazy (and when I lived in Europe, people thought I was exaggerating the distances), but it’s true.