I loved going to concerts at least once a month before the pandemic shut them all down throughout both Toronto and the rest of the province of Ontario.
- I had friends in the local music scene who lost a huge portion of their income when they could no longer play shows.
It’s not like people are making a killing on music streaming left and right these days; most professional musicians make their money from touring or consistent live gigs in a large city like Toronto. While I’m not close friends with a horde of professional touring musicians, the few friends of mine who pay their bills either partially or fully from income within the music industry have all felt the effects of the pandemic worse than most people I know. Even if they aren’t live performing artists, they’re probably affected in studios with COVID restrictions regarding not just occupancy, but also PPE and social distancing rules. To know that I can finally go to concerts again in Rogers Centre is amazing on more levels than I can even begin to convey. It’s a win for all of us fans of music, whether we perform and create it or simply prefer watching, enjoying, and listening to it. I saw a concert with several of my favorite bands on the bill. Despite the security, I snuck a cannabis vape pen inside my shoe to use discreetly throughout the show. Once I got to my seat and started looking around, I realized that I was not the only person in the Rogers Centre that night with a cannabis vape pen.
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