About Budweiser Stage
Nestled along the shores of Lake Ontario, Toronto’s Budweiser Stage is one of the best venues in the Great White North. A piece of Canadian history, this 16,000- capacity amphitheater has seen more musical acts than you can shake a hockey stick at – and is likely to see many, many more in the years to come.
History of the Budweiser Stage
The Budweiser Stage, originally known as the Molson Amphitheatre when it opened in 1995, is just one in a long line of famous venues that have stood on that very same spot. Preceded by the Forum, a unique venue with a rotating stage that was first built in the 1970s, the Budweiser Stage had some big shoes to fill indeed but has done admirably, continuing the region’s reputation as being a premier spot for open-air music concerts.
Who Has Played at the Budweiser Stage?
In true Canadian fashion, the Budweiser Stage’s first show ever, shortly after it opened, was two sold-out performances by Bryan Adams. Since then it’s been a procession of arena-fillers like Rush, Van Halen, and Depeche Mode. It was also the most famous venue for Drake’s OVO Festival for more than five years, featuring annual performances from such hip-hop luminaries as Eminem, Kane, Lil Wayne, A$AP Rocky, and Jay-Z.
What Makes Budweiser Stage Events So Special?
You might not associate Canada with summer, but the Budweiser Stage is one of the most amazing warm-weather venues ever. Open from May through September, you can choose from seats under its 60-foot-high covered roof, under the open sky, or in the surrounding grass bowl. You can enjoy a nice cold brew on a nice hot Canadian summer day, catch some fantastic tunes, and have the experience of a lifetime all in one perfect location right on Lake Ontario. Who knew life north of the border would be so chill instead of being chilly?
Frequently Asked Questions
Where is Budweiser Stage located?
Budwiser Stage is located on the grounds of Ontario Place, in Toronto, Canada.
What kind of events does Budweiser Stage host?
This concert venue hosts many diverse acts, including genres like rock, pop, country, and jazz. The first musician to perform at Budweiser Stage was Bryan Adams on May 18, 1995.
Which team is playing at Budweiser Stage?
As this venue is an amphitheater, it hosts no sporting events, and so, no teams.
Where can I park for free at Budweiser Stage?
Parking at Budweiser Stage concerts is very limited. You can land a space for $20 but the venue operates on a first come first serve basis, so we recommend you arrive early. If you don’t mind a 10-minute walk, you can also find parking at Exhibition Place, Direct Energy Centre, Fort York National Historic Site, or in the Liberty Village area.
What is the seating capacity of Budweiser Stage?
Budweiser Stage events can host a total of 16,000 excited fans.
Who owns Budweiser Stage?
Budweiser Stage is owned by the Government of Ontario.
How do I get to Budweiser Stage using public transport?
Budweiser Stage concerts are accessible to fans through the various streetcar and subway options Toronto has to offer. Depending on where you are coming from, you have a number of streetcar options, such as the 509 or Bathurst which will get you close by to the venue. The venue is close to Exhibition GO station, and from there it’s a short walk. If this is too much of a hassle, you can always catch an Uber or Lyft.