Ever since Kevin Lyman started up the Warped Tour in 1998, just about ever single year has included at least one stop in Canada. That streak has come to an end. The just-released itinerary shows the tour starting in Dallas on June 24 and ending in Portland, Oregon, on August 13. In between there isn’t a single Canadian date. Why?
According to the Warped people, it’s a lack of a place to play in the only city that could support the tour in this current economic environment. I mean, have to seen the looney’s exchange with the US buck this week?While Warped has moved from location to location in the GTA (Molson Park, the International Centre, Molson Amphitheatre/Exhibition Place), the
While Warped has moved from location to location in the GTA (Molson Park, the International Centre, Molson Amphitheatre parking lot), the favoured spot–the area outside the Molson Amphitheatre by Lake Ontario–will be the site of much construction this summer, rendering it useless for the purposes of Warped Tour.
So why not just move the show across the street to Exhibition Place? One word: unions. It’s just too damn expensive for any touring outfit to play on those grounds because of the requirements for union labour. Why do you think there have been so few shows (one, to be exact) at BMO Field and why Ricoh Coliseum isn’t as busy as it should be?
The Warped people are sympathetic, however. Once tickets go on sale in March, they’ll offer discounted tickets to Canadian fans to shows in Buffalo and Detroit, the nearest stops to Toronto. And they promise to be back in 2017. (Via Exclaim!)