Toronto fans upset as Rogers outage forces postponement of The Weeknd concert

Thousands of people in downtown Toronto were left disappointed Friday night after the nationwide outage of Rogers service forced the postponement of The Weeknd’s concert at the Rogers Centre.

Fans had lined up all afternoon to see the Toronto singer-songwriter perform on his After Hours Till Dawn tour.

But then, just 30 minutes before the start of the show, the concert organizers confirmed via the public address system that the concert had been cancelled.

Many frustrated Rogers Center fans booed when the announcement was made.

“Rogers ruined The Weeknd”

“Rogers ruined The Weeknd, they canceled the concert,” a man named Sheldon, who did not give his last name, told CBC News.

“Their systems are down, they can’t check tickers or sell stuff,” said his partner, a woman named Anna.

“People have struggled a lot with the breakdowns to get here,” she added.

Olivia Sabic, Aiden Bilon and Alexia Liakos learned that the concert had been postponed when they heard someone shouting further down the queue.

“There was a huge queue and then everyone left,” Liakos said.

“Everyone said the show was cancelled, and then we heard the announcement,” Sabic said.

“It’s worrying that Canada only has Bell and Rogers as its two main networks, and one thing breaks down and everything falls apart,” Bilon said.

“Disappointment is an understatement”

Chris Thaung, Hannah Gojdos and Quinn Danielis saw fans moving in the opposite direction shortly after the postponement was announced.

“Disappointment is an understatement,” Gojdos said, adding that this was the third time The Weeknd’s concert has been cancelled.

“It’s the Rogers Center, they had to start at 6 a.m. to find alternative methods,” Danielis said. “It is totally unacceptable. »

Many fans gathered outside the stadium for a while after hearing the news, but the crowds eventually thinned out and dispersed.

The stage setup for The Weeknd’s concert in Toronto is pictured at Rogers Center on July 8, 2022. The concert was canceled 30 minutes before its scheduled start time due to ongoing service outages. (Radio Canada)

Tickets honored at a later date, depending on location

In a statement, the Rogers Center apologized for the inconvenience.

“We regret to announce that The Weeknd’s tour stop at Rogers Center has been postponed to a later date due to service outages affecting venue operations,” the statement read.

“Information on a new show date will be shared as soon as possible. »

The Rogers Center said tickets will be honored for the new date.

The Toronto Blue Jays also released a statement.

“We regret to announce that The Weeknd’s tour stop at Rogers Center has been postponed due to service outages affecting venue operations,” the statement read.

“A new show date will be shared as soon as possible and tickets will be honored. We understand how disappointing this is and apologize for the inconvenience. »

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