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Budweiser Stage

Your Guide To Toronto’s Outdoor Concert Venue

Written by Jordan Carter

Budweiser Stage is one of Toronto’s premier outdoor concert venues, offering a dynamic blend of stunning waterfront views and top-tier live music performances. Located at Ontario Place, this iconic venue has hosted a wide array of world-renowned artists across various genres, making it a favorite destination for music lovers. With its state-of-the-art sound system, expansive seating, and vibrant atmosphere, Budweiser Stage provides an unforgettable concert experience for attendees of all ages. Whether you’re enjoying a summer night under the stars or catching your favorite band, this venue promises an exceptional entertainment experience.

To fully appreciate what makes Budweiser Stage a standout venue, it’s essential to explore its history, features, and the variety of events it hosts. The following sections will delve into these aspects, showcasing why Budweiser Stage is a must-visit for any music enthusiast.

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History 

The Budweiser Stage, originally known as the Molson Amphitheatre, opened on May 18, 1995. The first musician to perform there was Bryan Adams. Over the winter of 1994–1995, the popular Forum was controversially demolished and a larger venue was constructed on the site.

Overview 

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Image credit: Budweiser Stage (via their Facebook page)

This concert venue in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, is located on the grounds of Ontario Place. Hosting a wide range of acts across genres like rock, pop, country, and jazz, Budweiser Stage offers both reserved seating and lawn seating, with a capacity of 16,069. Accessible via the pedestrian and bicycle entrance at the northeast corner of Parking Lot 2, at the intersection of Lakeshore Blvd W. and Ontario Place Blvd, it’s the perfect spot for an unforgettable live music experience.

Architectural Design 

The Budweiser Stage was designed by architect Michael Moxam. The design proposes curving beams of engineered glulam wood to support the roof structurally, while an exterior cladding of composite metal panels provides a flashy and contemporary finish.

Ticketing and Seating 

The Budweiser Stage offers a variety of seating options, including reserved seating and lawn seating. Tickets for events at the Budweiser Stage can be purchased through official sellers.

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Facilities and Amenities 

It boasts a high canopy roof, inclusive amenities, and premium facilities. It provides a comfortable place to hang out backstage with six dressing rooms (two with balconies), great views, and a covered BBQ/seating area right at the water’s edge.

Notable Performances 

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Image credit: Budweiser Stage (via their Facebook page)

This venue has hosted many notable performances. Van Halen performed two nights in a row at the Molson in August 1995. In 1997, Rush performed two nights in a row at the venue on the Test For Echo Tour. The amphitheatre has also hosted Canadian rapper Drake’s annual OVO Festival from its inception in 2010-2015, 2017 and 2019, and 2022.

Future Events 

For information about future events at the Budweiser Stage, you can check the official Live Nation website.

Community Impact 

Live Nation, the company that owns the Budweiser Stage, has a significant impact on the music industry. The company is present in every aspect of live music, from promotion to operations, to ticket sales. Over the years, Live Nation has also been buying up independent local venues. The Budweiser Stage has welcomed more than eight million fans since its opening in 1995.

With its rich history, impressive architectural design, and diverse lineup of performances, Budweiser Stage continues to be a cornerstone of Toronto’s live music scene. This venue not only offers top-notch facilities and amenities but also creates memorable experiences for music lovers from all walks of life. Its picturesque location at Ontario Place and its role in hosting iconic events highlight its significance in the community. Whether you’re a local or a visitor, catching a show at Budweiser Stage promises an exceptional night of entertainment. Be sure to check the schedule for upcoming events and enjoy the vibrant atmosphere that makes this venue truly special.

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