TORONTO – Latino superstars Ricky Martin and Enrique Iglesias brought style and showmanship to Toronto’s Scotiabank Arena on Thursday as the venue welcomed their first concert since the onset of the pandemic.

Arena operators say 580 days had passed since a live music event played indoors, as local COVID-19 precautions prevented mass gatherings for months.

Fans were living the crazy life when Martin delivered some of his biggest hits alongside flamenco dancers and a recorded appearance by Christina Aguilera for the duo “Nobody Wants to be Lonely.”

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Iglesias was the second to take the stage, performing his Top 40 cards “Hero” and “Be With You.”

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The stadium was filled to 50 percent capacity in accordance with provincial regulations. Concert goers were required to present a complete COVID-19 vaccination proof along with a government-issued ID in order to enter the venue.

The Scotiabank Arena has been gearing up for bigger gatherings in recent weeks, first by hosting the Toronto Maple Leafs’ preseason opener on September 25 and the Toronto Raptors earlier this week.

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

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

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


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