The Bandshell was built in 1936, replacing the Bandstand that had occupied this area of the Exhibition Place grounds since 1906.
Its Art Deco architecture, designed by Craig and Madill Architects, is modeled after the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, California. The Bandshell was officially opened on August 28, 1936 by Toronto Mayor Sam McBride and Sir Percy Vincent, Lord Mayor of London, as part of the CNE Opening Ceremonies.
Since that time, it has been home to a host of the world’s finest entertainers including military and jazz bands, orchestras, vocalists, choirs, comedians, cartoon characters, musical shows, rock ‘n’ roll bands, urban music, multicultural events and dignitaries from across Canada and around the world.
All concerts are FREE with CNE admission!
NOTE ABOUT WEATHER: Bandshell Concerts go on RAIN or SHINE. The only time they are postponed or cancelled, is when there is an electrical storm, which could compromise the safety of both CNE performers and visitors. In that case, an announcement will be made from the stage