An Edmonton-based entertainment production company plans to bring live concerts back to the city by creating a physically remote location on the infield of the former Northlands Park racetrack.
Trixstar’s “Together Again Outdoor Concert Series” will attract over a dozen big names – from Canadian rock bands 54-40, I Mother Earth, Our Lady Peace and The Rural Alberta Advantage to country stars Jess Moskaluke and Dean Brody – at the center of Edmonton’s former exhibition grounds in August.
The company calls it the first major outdoor concert series outside of the pandemic in Canada and the country’s first dedicated and physically remote concert hall.
According to President Mike Anderson, the event will not use all of the 350,000 square feet of space, but enough to move the tables of some six thousand people two meters apart.
“The outdoor patio meets the Jubilee Auditorium. But in a large outdoor lot,” Anderson told CTV News Edmonton Morning Live.
Tickets starting at $ 59 per person will be sold for tables of two, four or six across the old racetrack. Spectators will not be able to mingle with other tables and will have to bring their own chairs. There will be no return to the grounds and the public health orders in force will apply. Food, beverages and artist merchandise will be sold electronically and delivered to tables.
“It’s a really exciting innovation that we haven’t seen at festivals yet,” Anderson said.
Overall, he called it bringing big events back to Alberta’s capital in a “safe and respectable” way.
Trixstar will donate $ 2 from every ticket sale to Boyle Street and Hope Mission.
The full concert program will be released on June 8. Tickets for the series starting August 6 go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. MST.
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The concert series is one of the few events to have confirmed plans in Alberta, which government officials say will likely be fully open by July with 70% of the eligible population vaccinated against COVID-19 with a single dose. .
Organizers canceled the Edmonton Folk Fest in April, saying “the complexity of planning and running a festival of this size makes it impossible to move forward in our usual way” and that an event would not be completely safe without a full vaccination. Instead, the festival organizes a series of free community concerts in 42 neighborhoods. with funding from EPCOR. The company set aside $ 320,000 in a “Heart + Soul Fund” for artistic and cultural activities in the city. The money will also benefit an Indigenous art garden and TELUS World of Science Edmonton.
Union Hall will be going out of business over the Canada Day long weekend. He announced on Monday a neighborhood party program made up of Roy Woods, Keys N Krates, Kryple, Killy, The Funk Hunters and Stickybuds will be hosted on an outdoor stage.
Another new venue, The Backyard, will open in downtown Edmonton as an all-outdoor, year-round meeting place. It will have a permanent installation of seats, a small stage, a bar and toilets, and will host food trucks.
But other events, like the Edmonton K-Days, will not take place. Organizer Northlands said the decision was made after “careful consideration” of whether it “could deliver a high-quality event given time and limited resources.”