Hamilton gets sole Canadian show on chart-topping Rod Wave’s tour


Published September 30, 2022 at 10:48 am

Rapper-singer Rod Wave is coming over the border for one night only on his 24-city concert tour this fall — and that will come in Hamilton.

Core Entertainment announced this morning that Wave, whose 2021 album “SoulFly” went to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and was the most-saved album on Apple Music for two weeks, is performing at FirstOntario Centre on Nov. 26. Tickets will go on sale a week from today — at 10 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 7.

The opening acts include Toosii and Mariah the Scientist.

Wave, a Floridian who fuses hip-hip and rhythm-and-blues through strong vocals that do not get subsumed by studio production,, had his big breakthrough in the music world three years ago. “Heart On Ice,” got a big bump on the YouTube and TikTok platforms. It went on to become a top-25 hit in the United States, and also created the momentum that helped his début album, “Ghetto Gospel,” reach No. 10 on the charts.

Wave followed up that up with a strong sophomore effort, since “Pray4Love” peaked at No. 2 on the charts and had a single, “Rags2Riches,” which entered the top 15 on the charts. “SoulFly” was released last March.

FirstOntario Centre, of course, is going to be renovated next year as part of the estimated $500-million HUPEG (Hamilton Urban Precinct Entertainment Group) project. Oak View Group, helmed by top sports executive Tim Leiweke, recently became an investor in the arena renovation, with an eye to making it more of a hub for concerts and other live events.

Oak View built Climate Pledge Arena in Seattle, and that happens to be the final stop on Rod Wave’s 24-city tour.

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