The Info List - Molson Amphitheatre

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Coordinates: 43°37′45″N 79°24′54″W / 43.629222°N 79.415097°W / 43.629222; -79.415097

Budweiser Stage

Exterior view of venue (c.2007)

Former names Molson Canadian Amphitheatre

Address 909 Lake Shore Boulevard W Toronto
ON M6K 3L3

Location Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Owner Government of Ontario
Administered as an agency of the Ontario Ministry of Tourism and Culture

Type Amphitheatre

Seating type Reserved seating, lawn seating

Capacity 16,000


Opened May 18, 1995 (1995-05-18)

Architect Michael Moxam[1]

The Budweiser Stage, previously known as the Molson Canadian Amphitheatre,[2][3][4] is a concert venue in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It is located on the grounds of Ontario
Place and hosts many diverse acts, including genres like rock, pop and jazz. The first musician to perform here was Bryan Adams
Bryan Adams
on May 18, 1995.


1 History

1.1 Forum 1.2 Amphitheater

2 Specifications 3 Echo Beach 4 Ontario
Place revitalization plans 5 See also 6 References 7 External links

History[edit] Forum[edit] Ontario
Place opened in May 1971 with the original Forum as one of the first attractions at the amusement park. The original structure consisted of a vinyl canopy, which was replaced by a copper canopy roof in 1978. Its unique configuration consisted of a round stage, which was upgraded in 1976 to include a revolving stage which slowly rotated before the audience, which completely surrounded it. The venue had a capacity of approximately 16,000 -20,000 concert goers who crowded the 4 grassy hills and the lucky few who sat on the 2,500 bench seats under a covered roof. For more details go to http://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/ontario-place-forum-emc/. Amphitheater[edit] Over the winter of 1994–1995, came the controversial demolition of the popular Forum and the construction of a larger venue on the site.[5] In May 1995, the Molson Amphitheatre
opened with two Bryan Adams concerts before sold-out audiences. The new Molson Amphitheatre garnered positive reviews in 1995, winning RPM Magazine's "Best New Concert
Venue" award.[citation needed] In 1997, Rush performed two nights in a row at the venue on the Test For Echo Tour. The first night was filmed for would have been the band's first concert video released on the then-new DVD format, but it was scrapped. In a 2006 interview, lead singer and bassist Geddy Lee revealed that the DVD had to be scrapped due to issues syncing up the audio with the video, saying it would have cost the band over $150,000 and many man-hours to sync up a new recording with the footage.[6] Although the full concert has never been officially released, much of the footage was eventually included in the Rush R40
Rush R40
box set released in 2014. As of 2004, 3 million patrons have visited the venue. The amphitheater hosted Canadian rapper Drake's annual OVO Festival from its inception in 2010 until 2015. The Festival has featured performances by Drake, Eminem, Lil Wayne, Jay-Z, Kanye West, and A$AP Rocky
A$AP Rocky
among others. Van Halen
Van Halen
performed two nights in a row at the Molson in August 1995; the shows have been recorded for a never-released live album. Depeche Mode performed at the amphitheatre three times: the first one was on June 16, 2001 during their Exciter Tour. The second one was on July 24, 2009 during their Tour of the Universe, in front of a sold out crowd of 16,128 people. The third one was on September 1, 2013 during their Delta Machine Tour, in front of a sold out crowd of 16,110 people. The 2009 show was recorded for the group's live albums project Recording the Universe. On January 6, 2017, it was announced that the Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
was renamed "Budweiser Stage", as part of a partnership between Labatt Breweries of Canada
Labatt Breweries of Canada
and Live Nation.[7] Specifications[edit] The music venue is open yearly from May to September, due to its outdoor configuration. The amphitheatre has a capacity of approximately 16,000. There are 5,500 reserved seats under the 60-foot-high covered roof, 3,500 seats under the open sky, and 7,000 seats on the grass bowl. The floor area (100 level) has an unreserved capacity of 1,000. There are also Club and VIP seats for season ticket-holders. Two large video screens flank the stage, while two video cubes hang from the rear of the covered roof for those sitting on the lawns. The video support system gives everyone in the audience a closeup of the performers on stage. Echo Beach[edit] In 2012, a new concert venue named Echo Beach was opened just east of the amphitheatre. This general admission venue has a capacity of approximately 5,000, which includes raised VIP viewing platforms. Ontario
Place revitalization plans[edit] In 2012 the park at Ontario
place remained closed with the intention of revitalization. A committee headed by John Tory
John Tory
has recommended the return of the Ontario
Place Forum as a centerpiece of the revitalization plans. The Amphitheatre's future, as a result, has been called into question. See also[edit]

Music of Canada portal Toronto

Place Forum Exhibition Place List of contemporary amphitheatres

Other performing arts venues in the city include:

Four Seasons Centre Massey Hall Sony Centre for the Performing Arts Roy Thomson Hall Toronto
Centre for the Arts


^ Bliss, Karen (July 8, 2015). "The making of a landmark venue". Toronto
Star. Retrieved September 12, 2015.  ^ Krashinsky-Robertson, Susan (January 6, 2017). "Toronto's Molson Amphitheatre
to change name to Budweiser Stage". The Globe and Mail. The Woodbridge Company. Retrieved 5 February 2017.  ^ Kennedy, John R. (November 21, 2014). "Molson Canadian Amphitheatre honoured at Billboard Touring Awards". Global News. Global Television Network. Retrieved 5 February 2017.  ^ "Mettrum Originals Brings a Fresh Ingredient to Liven the Lawns at Molson Canadian Amphitheatre" (Press release). Toronto, Ontario, Canada: Mettrum Health. CNW Group. April 26, 2016. Retrieved 5 February 2017.  ^ " Ontario
Place website, About Ontario
Place, Company Information & History, 1990's section". Retrieved May 23, 2010.  ^ http://www.therushforum.com/index.php?/topic/62544-test-for-echo-live/.  Missing or empty title= (help) ^ Abdigir, Ebyan (January 6, 2017). "Molson Amphitheatre
renamed Budweiser Stage". Toronto
Star. Torstar
Corporation. Retrieved 5 February 2017. 

External links[edit]

Budweiser Stage
Budweiser Stage
Upcoming Shows TD Echo Beach

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Live performing

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