Tokyo Police Club, Skratch Bastid to play CityView Drive-In in 2021

The drive-in venue in the Rebel nightclub parking lot has announced five spring concerts


Update (April 23, 2021): This story has been updated with new information.

CityView Drive-In has postponed its concert lineup featuring Toronto rock bands Tokyo Police Club and Born Ruffians, and two Classic Albums live shows to later in the summer.

Organizers previously announced a series of shows would kick off in May, but are rescheduled” due to the uncertainty surrounding the current provincial stay-at-home order,” according to a statement posted on social media.

The outdoor concert and movie venue popped up in the parking lot across from Rebel Nightclub at Polson Pier last summer after pandemic restrictions shut down almost all in-person live music events.

The first gig set to take place at CityView this year is classic rock concert series Classic Albums Live, which will cover Led Zeppelin’s Led Zeppelin II on June 11. Canrockers Big Wreck, who played the El Mocambo’s first livestream last year, will hit the drive-in stage on July 3 and Classic Albums returns on July 9 with Pink Floyd’s Dark Side Of The Moon.

Tokyo Police Club and Born Ruffians co-headline on August 12 and 13. The lone non-rock show announced so far is eclectic party DJ Skratch Bastid, who will perform on August 27 alongside a cast of guests that includes Toronto MCs k-os, Shad and Haviah Mighty, as well as jazz improvisers re.verse.

More shows will be announced soon.

CityView Drive-In can accommodate upwards of 200 cars, which are parked with a space in between each one as per physical distancing protocols.

Big highlights from the venue’s 2020 season was a series of concerts by Toronto R&B duo DVSN, the Toronto International Film Festival and Canada’s Drag Race Live.

Toronto is starting to emerge from lockdown, having transitioned from the stay-at-home order back to Ontario’s colour-coded reopening framework. Drive-in events are allowed in the grey and red zones – the highest levels of the framework.

Drive-in movie theatres across the GTA started reopening on March 5.

CityView Drive-In spring 2021 lineup:
  • May 7 – Classic Albums Live performs Pink Floyd’s Dark Side Of The Moon
  • May 14 – Big Wreck
  • May 22 – Skratch Bastid & Friends with k-os, Shad, Haviah Mighty & re.verse
  • May 28 – Tokyo Police Club & Born Ruffians
  • June 11 – Classic Albums Live performs Led Zeppelin’s Led Zeppelin II

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