Toronto's favourite summer concert venue celebrated its 20th anniversary this May.
There is nothing more enchanting than a warm summer night down by the waterfront, listening to your favourite artist or band while standing amongst the dense crowd at the Molson Canadian Amphitheatre. Known as Toronto’s unofficial summer concert venue the amphitheatre is only open from June thru till Sept which makes catching a concert there within these four short months a truly special event.
Hailed for its wide price range selection and the Kiplisch lawn general admission price the state of art audio system makes the experience in the front row as good as standing atop the hill in the lawn section. Designed for optimal acoustics the venue is outfitted with two large screens allowing those in the back to see every moment on stage. The Amphitheatre design focuses all the attention and energy towards the stage. With 60 per cent of the theatre being uncovered this outdoor concert venue allows patrons to enjoy the view of downtown Toronto and the serenity of Lake Ontario while listening to melodic styles of their favourite performers.
Opened in 1995 the Molson Canadian Amphitheatre replaced another popular concert venue, The Ontario Place Forum. Regulars to the Forum were leery that the new venue would not be as intimate as the previous. The grand opening took place over two nights in May of that year featuring a two-night show by Canada’s own Bryan Adams, with the two shows selling out completely the Molson Canadian Amphitheater solidified its spot as Toronto’s summer spot.
With such a short operating season the venue is completely booked by May of each year. Offering something for everyone, concerts range from country stars to hip-hop moguls, Treehouse and the Family channel even host yearly concerts for the tiniest of concert connoisseur.
Because the Molson Amphitheatre is a smaller venue compared to the ACC or the Rogers Centre it is often the first concert venue many of your favourite artists perform at. Making it not only our favourite concert spot but a gateway to the city. Artists like Rihanna and One Direction sold out the Molson Canadian Amphitheatre long before their sold out shows at the ACC or even larger, the Rogers Centre.
One of the best things about summer is the musical festivals, and this waterfront venue is the location of choice. Popular festivals like Vans Warped Tour, Rockstar Energy Mayhem, and Digital Dreams have made the amphitheatre and its spacious grounds home for their popular music fests. Drake’s OVO festival has been held there for the past six years, evolving from a one day show to a two-day event that sees thousands of Americans flock to the Ontario Place concert facility and it is one of Toronto’s most anticipated concerts. Rumours circulated a few years ago that Drake may try to move the show to a larger venue like the Rogers centre, this year's 6th anniversary is still set to take place at the Amp.
Aside from the great festivals there are plenty of solo shows that draw huge crowds. Lana Del Rey performed there earlier this summer to a packed audience as well as Wiz Khalifa and Fall Out Boy, Molson Canadian Amphitheatre regulars. Last year Bruno Mars and John Legend’s independent shows were some of the most popular shows as concert goers took to social media to praise the performers and the venue. Canadian stars Hedley and The Weeknd also performed to enthusiastic concert goers in 2014.
This year is no exception with artists like Nicki Minaj, Marilyn Manson, Tim McGraw, Kelly Clarkson and the Dave Matthew’s Band all scheduled to perform this month alone. OVO will take over the park on August 2 and 3 for the sixth consecutive year. Late August features the Exhibition concert line-up; 5 Seconds of Summer, Rascal Flatts and Earth, Wind and Fire are all scheduled to hit the summer stage. During the EX your Molson Canadian Amphitheatre ticket doubles as a grounds admission pass. So after seeing amazing concerts you can walk through the ex and eat some deep-fried deliciousness or just bask in the fair-like ambiance.
What a time for live music in our city, Here is to 20 more years at the Amp!