Budweiser Stage to reopen after nearly two years with Arkells

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Fans will be required to wear masks at all times other than when eating/drinking

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Budweiser Stage, Toronto’s outdoor amphitheatre by the lake, which has been concert-free since October 2019 due to the pandemic, will reopen on Aug. 13-14 with two nights of shows by Hamilton pop-rock outfit Arkells.

Opening will be rising Brampton hip-hop star Haviah Mighty.

The two shows will mark Arkells’ first live performances in 16 months.

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“It’s been a long haul, but we kept telling ourselves to be patient – when shows come back, we’re going to do it big, and we’re going to do it right,” Arkells frontman Max Kerman said in a statement.

“This event is billed as a long-weekend because it’ll feel like a celebration that we’ve yearned to have together. There’s no better place for it.”

The last show held at the venue before the pandemic was Wilco and Lord Huron on Oct. 8, 2019.

“We’ve been eagerly awaiting the moment to reopen Budweiser Stage and bask in the euphoric feeling that comes with bringing live music back to Toronto,” said Mike D’Agostini, senior marketing director, Budweiser Canada.

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Tickets, $35-$95, go on sale Friday for the all-ages show, for both reserved seating and general admission lawns, with “a reduced capacity in accordance with provincial regulations,” according to the press release.

As of Friday, when the province moves from Step 2 to Step 3, that means 75% capacity in seats, and “and a lesser percentage” on lawn.

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