The Weeknd postpones concert in Toronto as Canadians faced Rogers outage

By Michelle Morton and Lucas Casaletto

WARNING: A video in this article may contain offensive language. Discretion is advised.

It’s not what concertgoers were expecting to hear on Friday night at Rogers Centre: The Weeknd concert is being postponed due to the Rogers outage that was impacting customers across the country.

Toronto was supposed to be the first stop for The Weeknd’s After Hours Til Dawn Tour with special guest Doja Cat, including music from the past two albums performed live for the first time, according to the tour’s website.

The Toronto date was one of only two sets for Canada.

“We regret to announce that The Weeknd tour stop at Rogers Centre has been postponed to a later date due to service outages impacting venue operations. Information on a new show date will be shared as soon as possible,” Rogers Centre said.

“All tickets will be honoured for the new date. We understand how disappointing this is and apologize for the inconvenience.”

The Weeknd commented on social media, saying he was “crushed and heartbroken.”

“Been at the venue all day but it’s out of our hands because of the Rogers outage. Operations and safety are compromised and I tried my absolute best,” he wrote.

“This one hurts the most, and we will make this show happen, but unfortunately not tonight. I know how long you’ve been
waiting and how hard a lot of you worked to make it to the show and experience this special moment with me. I can’t wait to see you all.”

Live Nation Ontario also issued a statement saying The Weeknd was onsite and ready to play for fans.

“The venue’s operations and infrastructure are not possible until full service is back.”

The tour was delayed twice because of the COVID-19 pandemic, so dates in Edmonton, Winnipeg and Montreal were pulled from the calendar.

Some fans are taking to social media to express frustration in finding out the event was cancelled after they made the effort of getting to Rogers Centre that evening and disappointment in the postponement of the show.

The tour’s first leg includes shows in Philadelphia, New York, Boston, Chicago, Miami, Seattle, and Vancouver, to name a few.

There’s no word when Toronto’s rescheduled date will be yet.

Scotiabank Arena, Budweiser Stage concerts

Scotiabank Arena in Toronto suggested that those attending tonight’s Roger Waters show save their mobile tickets to their Apple Wallet or Google Pay, depending on their phone model.

A few blocks away, Massey Hall encouraged people to print off their tickets to comedian Hannah Gadsby’s Friday night show. The same was true of Budweiser Stage, also in Toronto, where country music star Keith Urban is set to perform.

Those with mobile tickets should add the Keith Urban: The Speed of Now World Tour tickets to an Apple Wallet on iPhone, or Google Pay on Android, while connected to Wi-Fi in advance of arriving at the Budweiser Stage, they said.

With files from The Canadian Press

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