Thu. May 26th, 2022

TORONTO – Latin superstars Ricky Martin and Enrique Iglesias brought flair and spectacle to Toronto’s Scotiabank Arena on Thursday as the venue welcomed its first concert since the start of the pandemic.

Operators of the arena say it was 580 days ago that a live music event was playing the indoor space when local COVID-19 precautions prevented mass meetings for several months.

Fans were livin ‘la vida loca as Martin delivered some of his greatest hits alongside flamenco dancers and a recorded performance by Christina Aguilera for the duet “Nobody Wants to be Lonely.”

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Iglesias was second on the stage and performed his Top 40 charters “Hero” and “Be With You.”

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The stadium was filled with 50 percent capacity in accordance with provincial regulations. Concertgoers were required to present proof of full COVID-19 vaccination along with published identification to enter the venue.

Scotiabank Arena has been preparing for larger gatherings in recent weeks, first by hosting the Toronto Maple Leafs opening season on September 25 and the Toronto Raptors earlier in the week.

Numerous other concerts are on the calendar this year, including Colombian pop star Maluma on October 21, country singer Kane Brown on November 19 and the reunion tour of Genesis on November 25 and 26.

The Enrique & Ricky Live! Tour plays another night at Scotiabank Arena on Friday before moving on to Montreal’s Bell Center on Saturday.

Singer Enrique Iglesias will perform live in front of fans during a concert in Toronto on Thursday, October 7, 2021.

THE CANADIAN PRESS / Nathan Denette

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