Live Nation Canada and Budweiser Canada are excited to kick off the 2019 concert season at Budweiser Stage, which marks its 25th anniversary as Canada’s premier outdoor venue. Committed to creating an unforgettable live experience, Budweiser Stage’s Opening Night on May 20th will feature The Strokes, in the band’s only Canadian concert appearance this summer.
The 25th Anniversary Summer season at Budweiser Stage will continue through October and feature performances from Florence and The Machine, Iron Maiden, The 1975, Corey Hart, Phish, Jimmy Buffett, Beck and Cage The Elephant, Santana, Sarah McLachlan with a Symphony Orchestra, Heart, Korn, Chris Stapleton, Blue Rodeo, Luke Bryan, Alexisonfire and many more.
Live Nation is introducing the first ever Budweiser Stage Season Pass, which will provide fans with unlimited access to all concerts at Budweiser Stage throughout the 2019 season for one price. Both the tickets for the Strokes and the Season Pass will go on-sale on Friday, March 29 at 10:00 a.m. (EST) at www.livenation.com.
To further commemorate the milestone, Live Nation Canada and Budweiser Canada will be opening It Happened Here, an interactive pop-up exhibit designed to celebrate 25 years of stories behind the venue’s most historical moments. Open from April 25 until May 4 and located at 950 Queen Street West in Toronto, the exhibit will allow music fans to experience decades of memorabilia and photography. The exhibit will also provide fans interactive and engaging installations.
While admission to the exhibit is free of charge, admission tickets can be reserved online at or at the door, with Budweiser available for purchase for those of legal drinking age. All proceeds will be donated to MusiCounts, a music education charity providing access to musical instruments and programs in communities across Canada. For specific details, such as hours of operation, click here.
“This unique venue by the water has been the scene of some truly iconic nights in Toronto’s – and Canada’s – music history,” said Riley O’Connor, Chairman, Live Nation Canada. “Twenty-five years is a milestone worth celebrating, and it’s a great chance for countless music fans to re-live some of the greatest nights of their lives, while we also look forward to the memories yet to come.”
“Anyone who has seen a show at Budweiser Stage can think of at least one moment that was unforgettable, which is why this year we wanted to harness that feeling of nostalgia and celebrate some of the venue’s greatest moments,” said Todd Allen, Vice President of Marketing, Budweiser Canada. “Budweiser is all about creating great moments to celebrate with friends. It’s a privilege to have our name on this iconic stage, and we are dedicated to continuing to elevate the live music experience at this great venue for many years to come,” said Allen.
From the inaugural performance by Canada’s own Bryan Adams on May 18, 1995, to Whitney Houston, The Tragically Hip, Blue Rodeo, Arkells, David Bowie, The Who, Rod Stewart, Spice Girls, Rihanna, Tom Petty, Iron Maiden, Def Leppard, Drake and the OVO Festival, Budweiser Stage has become the definitive summertime concert venue in Toronto. Since opening the doors 25 years ago, Live Nation has promoted over 800 concerts at Budweiser Stage and has seen more than 8 million music fans attend a concert at this celebrated venue.
As a result of the partnership between Live Nation Canada and Budweiser Canada, an exciting array of new features and venue transformations have come to life over the past three years, including The River Bar, The Artist Walkway, Budweiser’s Brewery Fresh Bar, Bud and Burgers featuring Webers, and the iconic Budweiser Stage Marquee Sign.
For more information and tickets on the summer music line-up, visit LiveNation.com.