Concerts are coming back to life in Toronto as capacity limits gradually lift, but there’s one major artist still waiting to make his homecoming. After already rescheduling his After Hours tour due to COVID, the Weeknd is postponing once again.
The Weeknd’s Toronto concerts were supposed to happen February 1 and 2, 2022, but now will likely happen later in the year – and likely at an even bigger venue.
“Due to constraints of arenas and the demand for more shows I want to do something bigger and special for you which requires stadiums,” the music star shared in a message on Twitter.
The new tour, now called After Hours Til Dawn, will kick off in summer 2022. Dates and venues are still TBA.
The After Hours album came out in March 2020 and the subsequent tour was supposed to feature a stage set with the “most LED lights and video” ever seen in an arena show. Evidently, the tour was too ambitious for even arenas. He hasn’t announced the new locations, but you can predict the Toronto show will probably happen at Rogers Centre.
Despite not being able to tour, the pandemic period has actually shot the Weeknd into a new stratosphere of pop stardom. He’s spent the last two years topping the charts, fighting for racial justice in the music industry, plotting to pivot to TV, amping up his philanthropic efforts and playing the Super Bowl halftime show, all while becoming an unlikely tabloid fixture.
Ironically, by the time he finally gets to his After Hours tour there’s a good chance he’ll be on the album after that. He’s been teasing a forthcoming album that could drop any day now. So there will be lots of new material if and when he finally makes it to town.