Flying Through Toronto’s Pearson Airport Soon? Prepare for Some Live Music

In another Canada 150 move, Toronto’s Pearson International Airport has launched a new music showcase called YYZ Live. Between today (June 26) and September 15, the airport will feature 150 live performances from some of the city’s best emerging artists from across many different genres and cultures.

I love the idea. As someone who spends too much time in airports, I can tell you that other cities constantly celebrate their musical heritage. Nashville is particularly good at this. At Sea-Tac in Seattle, there’s a Sub Pop store (I think it’s still there.) Others like Philadelphia promote the movies made in the city. I wish Pearson would so something like this year-round.

But props where props are due: YYZ is the only airport where I’ve heard the Smiths’ “How Soon is Now” played over the concourse speakers. Strangely, I’ve never heard Rush’s “YYZ.”

Here’s what travelers can expect between now and mid-September:

  • 7:00 p.m. daily – YYZ Live stage, Terminal 1, International Arrivals
  • 8:00 p.m. daily – YYZ Live acoustic stage, Terminal Link train platform

Upcoming performances:

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

One thought on “Flying Through Toronto’s Pearson Airport Soon? Prepare for Some Live Music

  • June 27, 2017 at 10:53 am

    I guess they are going to have to take Music for Airports by Eno out of the deck.


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