The announcement has already caused some emotion in the community.
THUNDER BAY – The big shows are back in Thunder Bay, with the recently announced Polo G concert live at Fort William Gardens presented by NV Music Hall on May 19.
“I have butterflies in my stomach, but I always have butterflies putting on a show. It’s something I love doing. I’m super excited to bring an artist like this to our town,” said Hanh Marino, event organizer.
“Just with everything closed and open, with schools closed and open, and with sports being closed, I think that’s great. I’m really happy to help bring that to our city.
Polo G rose to prominence with his singles “Finer Things” and “Pop Out” (featuring Lil Tjay). His second studio album, The goatcharted ten singles on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and his mainstream success continued with his third album Hall of famewhich became his first chart-topper.
The show will be the first major concert held at Gardens since Hedley’s performance in 2014, and comes after the recent $1.1 million facelift for the Gardens.
Upgrades include a new video scoreboard, light stands and electrical panel, all of which were needed to bring big shows back to Thunder Bay.
The improved light mounting system was especially important for returning larger-scale events, as the previous method of drilling into the ceiling to install lights caused too much wear and tear.
Many, including Marino, expect a sold-out show, and depending on the layout of the concert and the pandemic response required at that time, the gardens could hold up to 4,700 in the audience.
Paul Burke, Sports and Community Development Supervisor for the City of Thunder Bay, hopes this will signal to other great artists that Thunder Bay is open and ready for business.
“We’ve let a number of concert promoters across the country know that we’re once again able to hold events like this,” Burke said.
“Now that we have the rigging system as well, we’ve done some electrical upgrades that are really geared towards gigs. So with those two things, we’re really excited about the future.”
Tickets will be available online from February 25 at 10 a.m.