The weather is starting to heat up and we’re beginning to think of summer here at StubHub. Forgive us as we usually take a look at summer tour sales a bit earlier than this but we have been quite pre-occupied by the incredible run of the Toronto Raptors. Thus, we decided to wait until the sweet emotions of victory have had a chance to subside before starting to think about what we’re doing this summer.
Without further ado, let’s get straight to the point. We combed through Canadian tour routes of some of the hottest acts of the summer, crunched the demand numbers based on where we saw fans scooping up tickets most and now have our top 10 tours for artists’ tour dates taking place between the Summer Solstice (June 21, 2019) through Labour Day (September 2, 2019). Take a look:
There’s a little something for everyone, right?
“With more access to music than ever before, Canadians are blurring generational lines and immersing themselves in the musical talents of today and yesteryear,” said Paul Nowosad, General Manager of StubHub Canada. “From the timeless ballads of Queen, to the new-wave superstardom of Billie Eilish and Shawn Mendes, the diverse talent represented on this year’s list are set to elevate the fan experience for concert goers from coast-to-coast.”
Let’s dig into the numbers more. Here are some of the other key insights and trends we found while we were digging in:
- Queen has strong lead at No. 1: Queen with Adam Lambert topped the list by a wide margin, with 65 per cent more sales than the Backstreet Boys, the list’s second most in-demand act
- Billie Eilish shows age is just a number: At only 17 years old, Billie Eilish sits at No. 3 on the list, beating out female superstars Pink and Ariana Grande, who sit at No. 4 and No. 7 respectively.
- True north strong and free: Shawn Mendes and Michael Bublé, No. 6 and No. 9 respectively, are the only Canadian performers on the list. They also just happen to be the most active performers on the list with seven performances each in Canada this summer. Shawn Mendes, however, has sold 46 per cent more tickets.
- Chris Stapleton is this summer’s steal: At an average ticket price of about $80, Chris Stapleton is the summer steal as the most affordable in-demand act on the top 10 list.
- ‘Round the Rodeo: While the top 10 list takes a look at specific performer tours and demand, the top-in-demand event across Canada is the Calgary Stampede, with combined sales for the many diverse acts performing across the Stampede schedule driving more sales than any other tour.
Wondering what the best shows are to check out in a particular market? You’re in luck – we broke down the top events in each of Toronto, Vancouver and Calgary. Give them a look:
- Long live the Queen: Queen with Adam Lambert topped the Toronto list by a wide margin, with 90 per cent more sales in Toronto than the list’s second most in-demand concert this summer, the Backstreet Boys
- Who runs the world? Girls. Two leading ladies hold down the list, with Ariana Grande at No. 4 and 17-year-old Billie Eilish rounding out the list at No. 5
- Age is just a number: Vancouver is seeking nostalgia this summer with Paul McCartney, Queen, Backstreet Boys, and Iron Maiden each landing on the list as some of the biggest superstars of our time. At the top of the list, Paul McCartney is also the most affordable act in Vancouver with an average ticket price of $127.
- Diverse music for a diverse city: Vancouver is showing its taste in music is as diverse as the folks that live in the city. From metal to pop, Vancouverites want to experience all that the music industry has to offer this summer.
- Age is just a number: Calgary is seeking nostalgia this summer with the Backstreet Boys, Iron Maiden, and Def Leppard each landing on the list as some of the biggest superstars of our time. Iron Maiden comes in as the city’s most affordable concert ticket at an average price of $140 per ticket.
- Calgary remains Canada’s country capital: Country lives in Calgary! With Tim McGraw and Zac Brown Band, the city is craving country more than any other Canadian market. In fact, Zac Brown band missed out as Calgary’s most in-demand concert by only 2.5 per cent.
There are plenty of acts and shows to fill a fans’ personal summer tour schedule, across Canada.
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