2019 Gearing Up To Be The Summer of Rock n' Roll
Toronto is in for quite the summer this year with a stellar lineup of acts strolling through our city in the coming months. The city will see classic rock, indie rock, folk rock, grunge, heavy metal and everything in between represented throughout the cities various venues, in a wide variety of rock shows coming to town. Rock has proven the test of time as still being the premier live genre despite the lack of representation on Top 40 radio stations and on mainstream charts. Hip Hop may dominate streaming, but Rock N' Roll still sees fans come out in the thousands to show support for their favourite bands. Legacy acts and stadium rock bands like GNR and Foo Fighters have been outselling Hip Hop shows for the past decade and will continue to do so in 2019. To learn more about last years touring trends, check out Billboard's yearly wrap up on 2018 tours.
Back in Toronto, Budweiser Stage this year is offering a "Ticket To Rock" package. Similar to their highly successful Country MegaTicket, Ticket To Rock will offer concert goers the option to attend a wide variety of rock shows in Toronto for one combined price. The offer for lawns right now is $136, to see Shinedown, Korn & Alice in Chains, Slipknot and Breaking Benjamin (with support form Three Days Grace, and our band favourite DOROTHY). What a STEAL.
Apart from that deal, Toronto will see legendary British rockers, The Who, Fleetwood Mac, The Black Keys, Beck & Cage The Elephant, Santana, Alexisonfire, Arkells, Greta Van Fleet, and Halestrom supported by locals Palaye Royale, all do shows in the coming months. These bookings prove that the genre is alive and well north of the border and is even more elevated with the cities summer festival announcements as well.
The brand new festival Roxodus Music Fest will take place just north of the city this summer with a lineup of Kid Rock, Alice Cooper, Nickleback, Aerosmith, Lynyrd Skynyrd and more. We've also got CANADA ROCKS featuring the Rolling Stones and 75, 000 of their closest friends, who have yet to announce support for their show at Burls Creek Event Grounds, just north of Toronto. (UPDATE: Due to Mick Jagger's health, their entire North American tour has been postponed until further notice).
Toronto has consistently been a Mecca for Rock over the past few decades, with the city playing host to secret club gigs by the Rolling Stones and inaugural stadium shows in Canada for bands like Foo Fighters. Toronto has even been the location for many notable criminal arrests for legends like Jimi Hendrix and Keith Richards. Hopefully, the spirit of rock n' roll will continue in 2019, with what is sure to be a packed summer of impressive shows. Which Toronto shows will you be checking out this summer?