This Friday, The Weeknd was expected to kick off his world tour with a performance in his hometown of Toronto, Ontario. Unfortunately, he nor Mike Dean, Snoh Aalegra and Kaytranada were able to take the stage. The highly-anticipated concert was called off until further notice due to an unforeseen phone network outage that caused issues throughout Canada on Friday.
“The Weeknd was onsite and ready to play but due to the nationwide Rogers network outage, the show planned for this evening at Rogers Centre will be postponed as the venue’s operations & infrastructure are not possible until full service is back.?? Please hold on to your ticket. Updates on a new date coming soon,” Live Nation stated.
After learning of the postponement, The Weeknd took to Instagram to share his disappointment. The Toronto native was “crushed” that he would not be able to perform in front of his hometown fans on July 8.
“I’m crushed & heartbroken. Been at the venue all day but it’s out of our hands because of the Rogers outrage. Operations and safety are compromised and I tried my absolute best. This one hurts the most, and we will make the show happen, but unfortunately not tonight,” The Weeknd wrote on Instagram.
“I know how long you’ve been waiting and how hard a lot of you worked to make it to the show and experience this special moment with me. I can’t wait to see you all.”
The Weeknd will continue his tour in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on July 14. It is unclear when his show in Toronto will be rescheduled.
We regret to announce that The Weeknd tour stop at Rogers Centre has been postponed due to service outages impacting venue operations. A new show date will be shared ASAP and tickets will be honoured.
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