Get ready, music lovers, because the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) has just dropped a bombshell of a concert line-up that’s set to make your summer sizzle! From Bollywood beats to hip-hop history and everything in between, the CNE’s 2023 Bandshell Concert Series is bringing the noise in a big way.

Leading the charge is none other than the sensational Dionne Warwick, gracing The EX with her unmatched talent. This is no ordinary tour stop; it’s the only Canadian pit stop on her North American Tour. So, mark your calendars for August 19 and prepare to be serenaded by the six-time GRAMMY-winner.

But wait, there’s more! The CNE Bandshell is rolling out the red carpet for an array of incredible artists. We’re talking about the platinum-selling Amanda Marshall, JUNO-winning legend Jann Arden, Bollywood’s own Shafqat Amanat Ali, the reggae icon Marcia Griffiths, the soulful William Prince, and the country superstar Brett Kissel. And if that wasn’t enough, Toronto’s hip-hop scene takes center stage with a celebration of 50 years of hip hop featuring Kardinal Offishall, Choclair, and Haviah Mighty – expect classic anthems that will have you grooving all night long.

  • Friday, August 18 – Dwayne Gretzky 
  • Saturday, August 19 – Dionne Warwick 
  • Sunday, August 20 – Shafqat Amanat Ali 
  • Monday, August 21 – William Prince 
  • Tuesday, August 22 – Kim Mitchell 
  • Wednesday, August 23 – Double Show!  6PM: Stephen Ridley headlines; 8PM: Amanda Marshall headlines 
  • Thursday, August 24 – Marcia Griffiths 
  • Friday, August 25 – “Hip Hop 50” ft. Kardinal Offishall, Choclair, and Haviah Mighty
  • Saturday, August 26 – Jann Arden
  • Sunday, August 27 – LOLO / MICO
  • Monday, August 28 – A Flock of Seagulls 
  • Tuesday, August 29 – Drag EXtravaganza starring Tynomi Banks with Mo Heart, Ivory Towers, Jan Sport, and more
  • Wednesday, August 30 – The Washboard Union 
  • Thursday, August 31 – Dr. Jay 
  • Friday, September 1 – The Sheepdogs 
  • Saturday, September 2 – Classic Albums Live tribute to Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon
  • Sunday, September 3 – Brett Kissel

It’s not just about the marquee acts; the CNE Bandshell is mixing it up with special tribute nights and themed concerts that are guaranteed to blow your mind. Buckle up for the Drag EXtravaganza, starring the fabulous Tynomi Banks from Canada’s Drag Race. You’re in for a night of music, comedy, dance, fashion, and pure fierceness.

And guess what? All of these incredible performances come at no extra cost with your CNE admission. That’s right – world-class entertainment that won’t break the bank.

With a line-up this diverse and electrifying, the CNE Bandshell Concert Series is set to be the musical event of the summer. From classic hits to fresh beats, from soulful melodies to hip-hop grooves, there’s something for every music enthusiast to revel in.

So, whether you’re a die-hard fan of Dionne Warwick, a Bollywood aficionado, a hip-hop head, or just someone who loves good music, make sure to clear your schedule and head over to The EX. With such an incredible line-up, this year’s CNE Bandshell concerts are not to be missed.

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René Samulewitsch @ReneandI is a globetrotter with a hunger for adventure, but at heart, he will always be an urban tourist with big love for Toronto. When not busy with his day job as a PR strategist, he spends his time exploring the city’s culture and entertainment venues. Rene has a passion for sharing experiences, and truly believes in the power of word of mouth. Favourite place in Toronto: Kensington Market in the Summer as there’s always something new to discover. Queen Street for the urban vibe and King Street to let loose and party.

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