About 90 minutes after postponing the first date of their “After Hours Til Dawn” stadium tour in his Toronto hometown, The Weeknd sent a message to fans on its Instagram Story. The concert was postponed shortly after the doors opened due to a day break on one of Canada ‘s largest telecommunications networks, Rogers Wireless.
“I am devastated and heartbroken,” he wrote. “I’ve been in the center all day, but it’s out of our hands because of Rogers’ interruption. Operations and security are in jeopardy and I’ve done everything I can. This is what hurts most, and we will the show that. ” on, but unfortunately not tonight. I know how long you have waited and worked hard to get to the show and experience this special moment with me. I can’t wait to see you all. “
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It closed with a broken heart emoji.
A statement from Live Nation tour operator states: “The Weeknd was on the scene and ready to play, but due to the breakdown of Rogers’ nationwide network, The Weeknd’s show scheduled for tonight at the Rogers Center will be postponed due to operations and site infrastructure to date. full service has been refurbished. A new date will be announced soon. “
Sources say the announcement of the postponement came so late because The Weeknd team were working until the last minute to figure out how to operate the technically complex show under those conditions.
The mood of the fans outside the venue after the announcement was postponed was more sad and disappointing than anger. A 23-year-old woman from Newmarket, north of Toronto, commented on the views of many of the twenty-five people we spoke to – all of whom refused to give their full names (which may be Canadian) ?) “It’s not anyone’s fault, so it’s hard to get mad; I’m just disappointed.
Even two women from Switzerland, 23, were also saddened and angry: “We’ve been waiting for this for months and we’re going home tomorrow!”
However, some were angry: “They did not tell us anything,” said an 18 – year – old Toronto, “we came all the way here and they did not tell us sometimes in advance as they did. they usually do. they had technical difficulties they should have said something earlier. ” “.
Her friend, 18, also said: “I could not get data but I added it to my Apple Wallet and it does not require wifi.”
As the Weeknd points out in its message, the venue – which is, ironically, sponsored and named after Rogers, the mobile phone company suffering from the blackout – is so wired that it would be dangerous to run the show in the those conditions. . The Rogers Center, formerly known as the Skydome, is a cash – free center, and all transactions – merchandise, food, beverage and most ticket sales – rely on WiFi, except for fans who save their tickets in Apple Wallet or other apps that do not rely on WiFi.
While anyone outside of Canada may think the postponement was an overreaction, the outbreak, which began around 4:30 am ET and affected the entire country, highlighted who the extent to which modern society relies on cell coverage: Across the country, government and banking systems, parking garages, and numerous other businesses have been unable to process transactions. Restaurants were forced to serve only cash. Cafes were packed and any business that offers free Wi-Fi. The level of intrusion is truly frightening and a vivid reminder of what would happen in the event of a cyber-attack.
Just months before the concert, Canadian Public Security Minister Marco Mendicino said the country’s government was “extremely vigilant” over cyber-attacks from Russia and other countries amid increasingly hostile international relations to the war in Ukraine.
“I cannot stress enough how important it is that, in the current geopolitical environment in which we find ourselves, we are wary of potential attacks by actors of hostile states such as Russia,” Mendicino said during a presentation to the Commission on public security of Galway House. Commons of the country.