Toronto fans angered as Roger’s failure forces The Weeknd concert to be postponed

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

Fans lined up all afternoon to see the Toronto-born singer-songwriter perform his After Hours Till Dawn Tour.

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

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

“Rogers ruined The Weeknd”

“Rogers ruined The Weeknd, they canceled the concert,” said a man named Sheldon, who didn’t give his last name to CBC News.

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

“People had a lot of trouble with the outages to come here,” she added.

Olivia Sabic, Aiden Bilon and Alexia Liakos found out the concert was postponed when they heard someone screaming further up the line.

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

“Everyone said the show was canceled 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 breaks and it kind of all collapses,” Bilon said.

“Disappointment is an understatement”

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

“Disappointment is an understatement,” Gojdos said, adding that this is the third time the concert has been canceled by The Weeknd.

“This is the Rogers Centre, they had time from 6am to figure out alternative methods,” Danielis said. “That is totally unacceptable.”

Many fans crowded outside the stadium for a while after hearing the news, but the crowd eventually thinned and dispersed.

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

Tickets will be honored at a later date, the venue says

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

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

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

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

The Toronto Blue Jays also released a statement.

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

“A new show date will be announced as soon as possible and tickets will be redeemed. We understand how disappointing this is and apologize for the inconvenience.”

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