Ontario Place, a Toronto landmark and one of the few places in the city that doesn’t feel like the city, is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. To pay homage to this milestone, Ontario Place has partnered with Live Nation Entertainment – the umbrella company that counts Ticketmaster as part of its roster – to bring Torontonians a free four-concert series at Echo Beach as part of the celebrations.
Echo Beach is Toronto’s first fully-licensed outdoor beach concert venue. It’s inaugural concert on June 3rd featured the electro-pop stylings of Robyn – you remember her, right? Echo Beach will undoubtedly become a favourite destination among Toronto’s young professionals for its prime location (just east of the Molson Amphitheatre on the East Island of Ontario Place) and its spectacular view of the downtown skyline serving up an amazing backdrop to some notable acts. We mentioned it was a beach, right?
The Free Concerts
Andy Kim & Friends – July 15th
Andy Kim is a Lebanese-Canadian pop rock singer/songwriter from Montreal. Born Andrew Youakim, Andy Kim is known for a number of hits he released in the 60s and early 70s. He also co-wrote Sugar, Sugar for The Archies – we’re trying to decide if that’s notable or not…
Platinum Blonde – July 23rd
This Brit/Canadian New Wave band found fame in the mid-80s through the very early 90s thanks to their “snazzy” hairdos, distinctly 80s sound, and interesting dance moves.
Third Eye Blind – July 28th
Semi-Charmed Kind of Life band Third Eye Blind found early success with their debut self-titled album in 1997. Since then, while they’ve yet to have another huge smash, radio stations still like to spin their alternative pop songs for the 90s gold nostalgia.
Sloan – August 5th
Toronto-based and Halifax natives Sloan have been a staple on the Canadian music scene for nearly 20 years – hard to believe The Rest of My Life was released over 10 years into their chart career, eh? Their alternative rock style made a comeback earlier this year with the release of The Double Cross, their tenth studio album.