By: Alexandria McLean | @itbalexandria
The most anticipated concert of the summer amongst the youth of Canada may have ended, but the memories will live on forever. From August 22nd to August 25th, Family Channel’s Big Ticket Summer travelled across Canada bringing fans the must-see concert of the summer. Starting in Halifax and ending in Edmonton while making a stop in Toronto in-between, Big Ticket Summer featured some of the biggest acts from this year!
The Magazine got the chance to attend the Toronto show and we have the inside scoop on anything you may have missed. If you didn’t get to attend the concert, or attended the concert and wanted to re-live the experience again, you can! Family Channel will be airing a special one-hour presentation of the event Friday September 5th at 8:00PM!
The night started off with Big Ticket Summer Concert host and Austin & Ally star Calum Worthy, who got the crowd excited about the upcoming acts! Sabrina Carpenter, Megan Nicole, The Next Step cast and Cody Simpson were all set to take the stage that night, but first not without an exclusive Toronto only appearance from Crystalyne.
Crystalyne, made up of Josh Given, Justin Niece, Scott Blake, and front-woman Marissa Dattoli, performed in front of their largest audience that night! It may have been their largest crowd, but the members of Crystalyne did not disappoint! Singing original songs, and a cover of 5 Seconds Of Summer’s She Looks So Perfect, people all around the Molson Amphitheatre were taping their feet and bobbing their heads along to the beat. Crystalyne did not leave the stage without wishing a fan a happy birthday, and taking a selfie with the audience for their Instagram.
Next to take the stage was Megan Nicole! Decked out in an underwater themed dress, Megan took the stage full of energy. Opening with her original song Summer Forever, Megan transformed the cool-summer night into a hot summer day. Megan who got her start by performing covers on YouTube stayed true to her roots and performed covers of Katy Perry and One Republic. The talented YouTube artist even sang original songs, some of which will be on her debut album set to come out this October.
Girl Meets World star Sabrina Carpenter took the stage next. Big Ticket Summer may have been one of Sabrina’s first concerts ever, but she seemed liked a pro. Singing songs off of her EP and the theme song of Girl Meets World, Sabrina did not seem like a stranger to performing. Near the end of her set, she even threw some lucky fans t-shirts she designed herself.
Fans could not be more excited as the cast of The Next Step performance neared. Victoria Baldesarra, who plays Michelle, took the stage to introduce her cast mates. Every audience member, whether young or old, was cheering and dancing along as the cast performed routines from the show. Fans even got to see a trailer for the second half of Season 2 coming out Friday September 12th on Family Channel.
It was finally time for Cody Simpson to perform. Surprising fans a little, Cody no longer had his usually backup dancers on stage, but instead came out with just his band and guitar. Showing the crowd just how talented he is, Cody played mashups of his own songs that showed off his crazy guitar skills. Cody made sure to thank his fans for all the support as he grows as a performer and finds out who he truly is. Cody still threw back to his old performing days by putting down the guitar for a couple songs and dancing. For his encore song, Cody showed Canada love by singing a cover of Toronto-native Drake.
In-between acts, Calum could be found on stage or in the crowd decked out in a Toronto t-shirt. Calum made sure to get fans young and old excited and pumped up for the show! Megan Nicole even joined him on stage at one point to throw free Big Ticket Summer t-shirts into the crowd.
Make sure to catch an hour-special of the Big Ticket Summer Concert September 5th at 8:00PM on Family Channel.