On October 3, Post Malone performed his first of two shows at Scotiabank Arena for his third headlining tour, the Runaway Tour. The Toronto show is one of two Canadian cities that Post Malone performs in, as the rest of his tour dates are in the United States.
The set list featured songs from his three studio albums Hollywood’s Bleeding, beerbongs & bentleys, and Stoney. The stage was a T-Shaped frame, with a cat-walk branching into the crowd. There were two large rectangular screens, projecting the performances for all audience members to see.
Filled with energetic fans, the arena was ready for a night of Post Malone music. The Toronto show began with performances by opening acts, Swae Lee and Tyla Yaweh.
Around 9:30 p.m., the lights in the arena turned off and Post Malone took the stage singing “Hollywood’s Bleeding.” The crowd cheered him on as he made his entrance. Throughout the concert, the audience remained on their feet while dancing and singing along with Post Malone. He created an atmosphere for fans to forget their current problems and stresses, so they can enjoy a night of loud music and fun.
During the song “Go Flex” the crowd swayed their arms left and right, in the air, moving along with the music. However, as Post Malone performed “Over Now,” the crowd went even crazier. People were jumping, dancing, screaming, and singing. Throughout the performances, each song had a different stage effect. The special effects ranged from strobe lighting, smoke, bursts of fire, and laser lighting. Some performances had a mixture of stage effects, but during each song, the crowd seemed to enjoy themselves.
Post Malone engaged with the audience throughout his whole performance. He showed his personality as he communicated with the Toronto crowd. He cursed between words to add emphasis to the energy he wanted to share with fans. He did not leave the stage to take a break or change outfits for the entire night.
Occasionally, between songs he would hydrate himself, smoke, and interact with the audience. At one point, he shared his experiences with haters who doubted his musical abilities and said he will only be a “one hit wonder.” Post Malone took this moment of negativity and transformed it to an inspirational message about chasing dreams. His impassioned speech caused the crowd to scream in agreement, which lead into the musical notes of his hit single “Congratulations,” the final song of the show.
Post Malone’s Runaway Tour brought a thrilling energy to Toronto and the audience embraced every minute of his show. Between his songs, stage presence, special effects, and conversations with the crowd, Post Malone presented Toronto with a unique concert filled with energy and motivation to live life to the fullest.