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Published on June 5th, 2018 | by Alan Cross

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What are the hottest Canadian shows on the secondary market? Let’s take a look.

StubHub is the biggest player on the secondary concert ticket market. Judging what people are asking for/paying for certain shows on their platform, we can gauge various levels of demand.

A while back, I had StubHub’s American list. Now we can look at the Candian market.

Summer 2018 Top Selling Acts

Based on total sales on StubHub for 2018 Canadian dates from May 21 to September 3, 2018

    1. Ed Sheeran (Second year a row that Ed is the top seller in the country.)
    2. Foo Fighters (First time they’ve made the list since 2015.)
    3. Radiohead (First time they’ve made this list.)
    4. Eagles
    5. Harry Styles
    6. Drake  
    7. U2
    8. Taylor Swift
    9. Shania Twain
    10. Sam Smith

Now let’s break it down by city.

Toronto Top Summer Acts                                     

  1. Ed Sheeran
  2. Foo Fighters
  3. Eagles
  4. Radiohead
  5. Harry Styles

Montreal Top Summer Acts                                    

  1. U2
  2. Radiohead
  3. Shania Twain
  4. Sam Smith
  5. Paul Simon

Vancouver Top Summer Acts                                            

  1. Harry Styles
  2. David Byrne
  3. Jack White
  4. Tom Jones
  5. Erasure

Canadian Festivals

  1. Quebec City Summer Festival
  2. Ever After Music Festival
  3. Osheaga Music and Arts Festival
  4. Shambhala Music Festival
  5. Boots and Hearts Music Festival

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About the Author

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.


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