Live Nation Canada has officially announced plans to redevelop Budweiser Stage at Ontario Place in Toronto, Ontario into a modern, year-round live music and performance venue with 20,000 outdoor capacity and 9,000 indoor.
The new state-of-the-art amphitheater will continue to attract world-class artists and provide premiere live entertainment, hosting live music and other events. This demonstrates Live Nation’s support of the Provincial government’s vision to revitalize and redevelop Ontario Place as a premium destination that will attract global visitors through remarkable new attractions.
With sustainability at the heart of the design, the redesigned amphitheater at Ontario Place will be designed and built using strategies aimed at improving performance across all the metrics that matter most: energy savings, water efficiency, greenhouse gas emissions reduction, improved indoor environmental quality, and stewardship of resources and sensitivity to their impacts. Completed by 2030, the new facility is expected to receive up to 1 million visitors and support more than 900 jobs during events.
“The redevelopment of the amphitheater into a year-round venue will offer fans more opportunities to celebrate the live music experience with their favorite artists,” said Riley O’Connor, Chairman, Live Nation Canada. “We’ve been making memories on Toronto’s waterfront at Budweiser Stage for more than 25 years and we look forward to the next 25 years of music history.”
“Live Nation has made the Ontario Place amphitheater a landmark entertainment destination for more than 25 years,” said Lisa MacLeod, Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism, and Culture Industries. “Their plan to redevelop the amphitheater into a modern, sustainable, year-round indoor-outdoor live music and performance venue will attract more high-profile musical acts and incredible, world-class events than ever before. It will be a great addition to the redeveloped Ontario Place, and its role in supporting Ontario’s social and economic recovery.”
Since opening the doors more than 25 years ago, Live Nation has seen more than 8 million music fans attend a concert at this celebrated venue and make memories that last a lifetime. From the inaugural performance by Canada’s own Bryan Adams on May 18th, 1995, to The Tragically Hip, Billie Eilish, Foo Fighters, Blue Rodeo, Lizzo, Daniel Caesar, Whitney Houston, Arkells, David Bowie, Rihanna, Luke Bryan, Spice Girls, Mumford & Sons, City & Colour and Drake and his OVO Festival, Budweiser Stage has become the definitive summertime destination in Toronto and Canada’s premier outdoor concert venue.
Live Nation Canada, Inc. is the country’s leading live entertainment producer and promoter, offering the best of Canadian and international talent at stadiums, arenas, theatres, and club venues across the country. Live Nation continues to be a true leader in the live industry in Canada to help elevate homegrown artists to the world stage.
Live Nation Canada’s growing venue portfolio includes Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver, Midway in Edmonton, along with Toronto’s Budweiser Stage, Danforth Music Hall, Velvet Underground, and History, the newly announced 2,500 capacity venue in Toronto.
I grew up in Alberta, but spent most of my life in British Columbia – I also spent a lot of my summers in Britain as I was lucky enough to have immigrant parents with the capital to go visit our relatives. The amount of time I spent overseas makes it hard for me to say I feel fully Canadian, but it does make me feel typically Canadian as so many of us have mixed parentage. My parents defined another divide in me as I feel inexorably pulled to both science and the art; my father being a doctor and my mother being a school teacher. I studied both in university and now work on making healthcare software during the day, then write/read/draw/paint/dance in my evenings. My global wanderings, my education, and the fact that my appetite for media could be described as ‘voracious’ means my frame of reference is pretty varied. It’s hard to say that I have a favourite music genre, rather I am always seeking sounds that convey a sense earnestness an honesty.