Today’s massive and exceptionally disruptive Rogers outage just claimed another victim — or rather, tens of thousands of them, all lined up outside the Rogers Center right now ahead of a scheduled Weeknd concert that, as it turns out, won’t be happening.
“We regret to announce that The Weeknd tour stop at Rogers Center has been postponed to a later date due to service outages impacting venue operations. Information on a new show date will be shared as soon as possible,” said the Rogers Center in a statement sent to blog TO roughly nine minutes before doors opened for tonight’s show.
“All tickets will be honored for the new date. We understand how disappointing this is and apologize for the inconvenience.”
The Weeknd had already postponed his Toronto date twice.
People have been waiting literal years for this show and some have undoubtedly come from out of town for this only to find out it’s been canceled at the last minute because of the Rogers outage.
This really sucks. https://t.co/MMGmn5GnWa
— Mike Beauvais (@MikeBeauvais) July 8, 2022
Needless to say, fans were not pleased to hear a PA message blasting out from the Rogers Center announcing that the concert had been “postponed to a later date.” Fans can be heard loudly booing as the message plays in videos from the scene.
— YYZ Bliss (@yyz_bliss) July 8, 2022
The Weeknd (Abel Tesfaye), one of Toronto’s most-successful musical exports, has yet to comment publicly on the abrupt postponement of his After Hours Til Dawn Tour hometown stop.
“Bringing my opera to a stadium near you,” he wrote Wednesday in his most-recent tweet. “First stop… My Dear Toronto.”
Eek. I guess not.
— Prime Minister Jeff (Appointed not Elected) (@pasta_creator) July 8, 2022
One might think that The Weeknd is far from alone in postponing or canceling performances in Toronto this evening on account of the nationwide Rogers outage, but several other concerts in the city are moving forward despite tech troubles.
Scotiabank Arena is advising Roger Waters fans to use their complimentary Wi-Fi when they arrive at the venue tonight, and warning audience members that, while credit cards will still be accepted, debit cards won’t work.
Keith Urban fans are being advised by Budweiser Stage to do the same thing, but as a cashless venue that cannot currently accept debit, the venue is urging patrons to bring credit cards.
Thanks for all the notice…
Wanna pay for my train fare?? Seems fare…if Im already there when you cancel and I wasn’t early…
— Mez (@RMezureux) July 8, 2022
The cancellation of tonight’s Weeknd concert is hitting a lot of people hard after an already very rough, disconnected, debtless day.
the weeknd’s concert is canceled and my data’s slow as fuck and i barely have any cash so i can’t get food i wanna dye rn actually 😂😂
— ︎ (@seoqies) July 8, 2022
Many are furious, but not at Abel himself. It’s not The Weeknd’s fault that Rogers completely cacked out today (not that we know of, anyway. The big 3 telecom has yet to reveal what caused this ongoing outage or when it will be resolved.)
Me @RogersCentre I’m gonna need you to, very respectively, figure it the fuck out. @theweeknd is in your house and it’s not a good look for ya, nor great on the people who traveled 2,000+ miles to see the man. Get your shit together. por favor
– Marquis Onorato (@MarquisOnorato3) July 8, 2022
Rather, they’re pissed at Rogers and the Rogers Center.
Spent $1000 on flights and a hotel for this the weeknd concert just for it to be canceled at the gate. Fuck.
— Cuck Simp Lord (@MikalBridgez) July 8, 2022
Fans who traveled into town just for the show are furious, as are people who’ve been waiting for years to see The Weeknd live, only to learn that they’ll have to keep waiting.
the way I bought tickets for after hours in 2020 and in 2022 I STILLLL CANT SEE THE WEEKND https://t.co/jPS1LvsBnN
— megs🌻 (@megss__b) July 8, 2022
The Toronto Blue Jays, who are based out of the Rogers Centre, issued a formal statement on Twitter at 6:23 pm Friday afternoon, seven minutes before doors opened for The Weekend’s highly-anticipated concert.
“We regret to announce that The Weeknd tour stop at Rogers Center has been postponed due to service outages impacting venue operations,” read the statementwhich is identical to the statement provided earlier by the Rogers Center and near-identical to the message blaring outside the venue on loudspeakers currently.
“We understand how disappointing this is and apologize for the inconvenience.”