The GTA's first drive-in concert is happening on Canada Day

Jun 24 2020, 2:04 pm

Just in time for summer nights, the GTA is warming up to innovative ideas for enjoying old favourite activities.

And on Canada Day, Ontario’s first-ever drive-in concert will be happening in Markham.

Produced by Cabin Media Entertainment, the Dean Brody and Andrew Hyatt concert will take place at the Markham Fairgrounds. After the performance, fireworks are slated to close out the night.

Jeff Sebben, president of Cabin Media Entertainment Group, said the company spent months working to find a safe, enjoyable way to put on live shows during the pandemic.

“We’re really dialled in with the local jurisdictions and we’ve been meeting with them for months, just talking about how we can provide a great, comfortable experience to fans with social distancing at the forefront in whatever phase they’re about to enter. Because of those relationships and that communication going back and forth, we’ve been successful in getting that green light,” Sebben said in a release.


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Concertgoers will be able to attend the event in their vehicles, with a maximum of four people per car. The event is organized to ensure one empty parking lot space between each vehicle, so fans can watch — and party, yee-haw! — from their designated individual “tailgating zones.”

In addition to views of the stage, large LED screens will be set up throughout the parking lots to ensure attendees have a good view, wherever they’re parked.

All venue staff are required to wear masks, and Cabin Media Entertainment Group requests that attendees have them on upon arrival, where there is contactless ticket scanning through the window. Masks are not required once fans reach their tailgate areas.

A menu of hot food items and nonalcoholic beverages will be available for purchase at the event. Attendees will be able to place their orders online, and items will be delivered to their designated block.

Fans should only leave their vehicle to access single restrooms, which will be cleaned regularly throughout the show. Masks are encouraged for those leaving for restrooms, as well as wherever six feet of social distancing cannot be maintained.

Vehicle passes, available from $209 (plus fees and taxes) per vehicle, are available here.

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