Much like War of 1812 reenactments, rock 'n' roll tribute acts give fans the chance to experience history without lofty ticket prices or having to forge their own musket balls. Keep the lead off your hands with this GrouponLive deal to see Brit Floyd at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts. For $30, you get one ticket for reserved seating in the orchestra, rows J–PPP, mezzanine seating in rows AA–DD, or balcony seating in rows A–K on Thursday, March 1, at 8 p.m. (up to a $61.75 value, including all Ticketmaster fees).
The senses are stuffed with aural and visual excess as English tribute act Brit Floyd recreates the sonic mind expansion and visceral enlightenment of a real Pink Floyd show. The band of highly trained virtuosos and a quintet choir of chanteuses does justice to its subject like a jury of smitten rock critics, nailing every note and nuance of Pink Floyd’s signature sound. Rollicking through all of The Floyd’s epic oeuvre, the British group finesses a catalogue of timeless hits, including “Wish You Were Here” and “Learning to Fly.” The elaborate stage setup with metamorphic lasers and lighting, avant-garde screen projections, and a mammoth ocular stargate gives fans the closest thing to seeing a Pink Floyd show without being miniaturized and injected into their uncle’s subconscious.
Sony Centre For The Performing Arts
The largest soft-seat theatre in Canada, the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts is perhaps most famous for its overhanging marquee outside. The diagonal canopy and its snake-like rows of lights were restored to their original form in 2010, along with the facility’s wood, brass, and marble accents. Inside the lobby, York Wilson’s mural, The Seven Lively Arts, fills eyes with fractured, panoramic representations of various artistic media, from slanted musical staffs to menacing Greek theatre masks.
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