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While apparently Biggie performed once before in T.O. on the low, this was his only promoted show.
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Apparently, some weird lady that nobody had heard of called Marilyn Manson was the first opener.
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Back when it was known as The Concert Hall, The Masonic Temple hosted its share of legendary concerts including one of the most legendary hip hop groups of all time.
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Following their initial 1994 appearance, this is most likely the second Wu show ever in Toronto (naturally, only a few of the guys showed up).
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It's hard to say what's crazier - that in 1994, you could have seen Nas at a small club or that his tour mate was Coolio.
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The oldest flyer on Flyer Vault. Kids no doubt had to save many months allowance to cough up the outrageous ticket price of...$9.50.
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With the release of Dookie a couple months earlier, Green Day had just moved up from their regular dive bars to the 'big leagues' of The Opera House.
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A year after his solo debut and before achieving massive success with M.I.A., a pre-Major Lazer Diplo lit up The Social for those already in the know.
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"Hey, let's go see Chili Peppers with those two one-hit wonder bands! Ah crap, it's the Dave Navarro Chili Peppers with those two one-hit wonder bands."
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I feel fairly confident in saying that in 1989 Fresh Wes was the smoothest looking mofo in the game on either side of the border.
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Before she had even considered getting in front of camera beyond music videos (not even Fresh Prince!), Queen Latifah visited T.O. to show us why she was considered one of the dopest female M.Cs of all time.
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Starring Hulk Hogan and featuring Jake the Snake among others, this blockbuster CNE event drew an incredible 74,000 fans. I personally know dudes that would sell their firstborn son to go back and see this.
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The Roots hit up The Opera House in 1995 and selected the cream of the Canadian crop as support in The Rascalz and Saukrates.
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"That opening group wasn't bad - what was the lead singer's name? Beyoncé? Yeah, I'll try to remember that."
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Billed as 'The Homecoming Concert,' this was Drake's first show after the success of 'So Far Gone' months before.
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Yep - that was the actual name for the infamous SARSStock, Canada's largest outdoor ticketed event ever. I assume most conversations beforehand went like this: "Hey man, you wanna see the Rolling Stones for $20?" "Wait, what? Shit yeah!"
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The two biggest rock bands in the world (minus Nirvana who blew off Axl) took their mammoth show to Toronto - but not on the advertised date. Watch a video to see how Metallica frontman James Hetfield catching on fire and Axl's subsequent douchery caused a riot in Montreal the night before.
If you’re from Toronto and a fan of live music as well as memorabilia, Daniel Tate’s Instagram account The Flyer Vault may be too much for you to handle.
Drawing from his own collection as well as those of other collectors and promoters, it’s a dizzying array of artwork both intricate and rudimentary documenting decades of music in the city. The real mindfuck here, though, is the reminder that the world’s international superstars weren’t always quite as super. There was once (1993) a world where Moby was still a niche act and he, Aphex Twin, and Orbital could comfortably play at The Opera House. Justin Timberlake once joined The Black Eyed Peas during their $10 performance at The Revival. That’s some serious bang for your buck.
It’s a long-ass scroll, but it’s most definitely worth it. If you’re a hip-hop head, a large portion of the flyers are from shows (mainstream and indie) featuring line-ups that your dreams are no doubt made of. Genres non-withstanding, a lot of these fliers need to be seen to be believed.