With Canada’s largest annual marathon racing through the Capital Region recently, The Weeknd crossed the finish line last Sunday evening at the Canadian Tire Centre in support of the North American leg of his Starboy: Legend of the Fall tour.
Over the past 5-years, the enigmatic 27-year old Toronto-born pop/R&B icon Abel Tesfaye, otherwise known as The Weeknd has been headlining sold-out shows around the globe, and this night was no exception.
The show opened with a series of great performances by rapper 6lack, Ottawa-raised Belly, and Mississippi’s Rae Sremmurd, both of whom would also make appearances on stage with The Weeknd later in the evening during his set.
The current tour does not disappoint either with a phenomenal new stage production designed against the ‘Starboy’ theme featuring a long, narrow catwalk down the centre of the arena, with a massive triangular canopy hovering above the stage resembling the underside of a futuristic spacecraft. From lift-off, the triangular pieces suspended above the audience constantly reconfigure themselves throughout a 90-minute show that bounced through best of The Weeknd’s current catalogue.
The two-time Grammy, nine-time Juno winner and Oscar nominee kicked things off with a ménage of hits featuring “Starboy,” “Party Monster” and “Reminder”. The Weeknd kept the energy flowing through a series of his more up-tempo tracks before bringing out fellow Canadian, hometown rapper Belly to perform “Might Not” together, and finishing the set with his current chart-topper “I Feel It Coming” before bringing it back for an encore to close out the show with “The Hills”