We’re Making the Definitive List of Concerts at the Sudbury Arena
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We got an interesting email earlier this week. Greater Sudburian Mike Degagne wanted to know where he could find a list of concerts that have taken place at the Sudbury Arena though the ages. He needed to settle a few bets. He called the Sudbury Arena and the Greater Sudbury Public Library but no one could provide a list.

So, we are going to attempt to make the Definitive List of Concerts at the Sudbury Arena and we need your help. Below you’ll find  the list we have so far. If you know of concerts that are not listed below please email us at share@southsidestory.ca or post on our Facebook page – please include a date or approximate date if you know it. If you have photos, ticket stubs programs, posters and memories please send those to us too and we’ll post them.

The Sudbury Community Arena opened in 1951 so we’ve got a lot of concerts to account for and we’ll keep updating this page as we find new concerts to post.

Everly Brothers Sudbury Arena Concerts List Everly Brothers poster1952

  • Wilf Carter with daughters Sheila and Carol – June 18

 1953

  • Hank Snow withThe Rainbow Ranch Boys – April 25
  • Smiley Burnette with Main Street Jamboree, The Hillbilly Jewels, Morris Bolter, Jack Kingston – May 22
  • Kitsilano Boys’ Band – May 31

1954

  • Gene Autry with Pat Butram, Case Country Boys, Rufe Davis, Jemez Indians, Barbara Bardo, Car Cotner & the Melody Ranch Orchestra, Merle Travis, Ely Sisters, Lorraine Stevens, Hubert Castle – October 1

1956

  • The Crew Cuts with Blue Barron and His Orchestra – May 3
  • The Glenn Miller Orchestra with Conductor Ray McKinley – July 9
  • Cliff McKay and Monique Cadieux with Duke Curtis, “Dapper” Dan McFarlane, “Smilin'” All Harris, Billy Richards, Matt DeFlorio, Ralph Fraser, Donny Johnson, The McFarlanes – August 2

1957

  • Kittie Wells, Ernest Tubb, Johnny & Jack, Wilburn Brothers – June 3
  • Hank Snow with Stoney Cooper & Wilma Lee and The Clinch Mountain Clan with Little Carrol Copper, Cowboy Coppas, Jimmie Snow, the Rainbow Ranch Boys, Mother Maybelle Carter – July 9
  • King Ganam & his Sons of the West with Tommy Hunter and Myrna Lorrie – July 16

1958

  • Johnny Cash with The Tennessee Two and Roy Acuff with the Smoky Mountain Boys with Wilburn Brothers, Doyle & Teddy, June Webb, Bashful Oswald, Jimmy Riddle, Shot Jackson, Don Helms – February 17
  • Buddy Knox with Sonny James, Carl Perkins, Jimmy Bowen, Don Lanier, Jerry Reed, Rhythm Orchids, The Five Strings – April 11
  • Hank Snow with Wilma Lee, Stoney Cooper, Cowboy Copas – May 21
  • Everly Brothers with Jumpin’ Joe Thomas and Candy Hayes – June 25

1960

  • Johnny Cash – June 13

1964

  • Bobby Curtola and the New Martells – July 27

1965

  • The Dave Clark Five – June 23
  • Toronto Symphony Orchestra with conductor Seiji Ozawa – November 1

1966

  • Johnny Cash – September 18

1967

  • Hank Snow and Wilf Carter with Juanita Rose, Chubby Weiss – May 24
  • The Travellers with The Inferno 5 + 1 – May 27
  • RCMP Concert Band and Musical Ride – June 1
  • Don Messer’s Jubilee – August 14

1968

  • Hank Snow with Sonny James – May 23

1969

  • Myrna Lorrie with local band The Rainvilles – February 23
  • Operation Sound Sudbury: Dawn of Time, Time Square, Battle Creek Steamboat, Quiet Affair, Purple Strange, Riot, Reasons Y, Old Fashioned Recipe, Associated Press, Unlawful Assembly, Village Steppes, Crimson Manual – June 24

1970

  • Victor Borge – May 2
  • Carlton Showband – June 1
  • Hank Snow, Red Sovine, J. David Sloan with Chubby Wise, Jimmy Widener, The Rainbow Boys – June 3
  • Red Army Singers – June 15
  • Sudbury Sound Festival with 16 local bands – June 30

1971

The Grease Band – July 17

1972

  • Young Sudbury ’72 Concert – May 10
  • Liberace with Jamie Redfern & The Jolly Jovers – June 3
  • Stompin’ Tom Connors with Wolf Carter – June 5
  • Crowbar – July 17
  • Capt’n Midnite’s Dirty Feet – August 7
  • Harry Belafonte – September 9
  • Uriah Heep with Elf and April Wine – December 4

1973

  • The Flying Circus with Steel Band and local band Blackwood – April 20
  • Stonewall Jackson – May 15
  • King Crimson with Strawbs – May 19
  • James Last – May 26
  • April Wine – June 1
  • Tommy Hunter with the Rhythm Pals, the Allan Sisters, Maurice Beaulieu and Marie André  (This performance was for Inco Quarter Century Club members) – June 14
  • The Stampeders – August 21
  • Guess Who – September 1973
  • Lighthouse – November 17

Uriah Heep Sudbury Arena Concert List1974

  • Harry Belafonte – April 19
  • Lighthouse – June 27
  • April Wine – July 30
  • Bee Gees – August 27
  • A Foot in Coldwater with Truck – October 13

1975

  • Irish Rovers – January 22
  • Murray McLauchlan – February 2
  • The Children – February 23
  • The James Gang & Brownsville Station – April 12
  • Stompin’ Tom Connors with Stevedore Steve – June 7
  • BTO – August 17
  • Bee Gees with The Dudes – September 24
  • Lynyrd Skynyrd with Johnny and Edgar Winter – December 10

1976

  • Canned Heat with Heart with Michael Polacco and Salem Witchcraft – February 27
  • April Wine – April 3
  • Ray Charles with the Ray Charles Orchestra – April 17
  • Charley Pride with Gary Stewart, Dave & Sugar and The Pridesmen – April 30
  • Joe Cocker with Deja Vu  – May 9
  • Johnny Winter with The Downchild Blues Band – May 14
  • Anne Murray – May 25
  • Santana with Moxy – May 26
  • Alice Cooper with Max Webster – July 5
  • BTO – August 15
  • Nazareth with Mahogany Rush – September 18
  • Grand Ole Opry Show with Sonny James, Hairl Hensley, Jeanne Pruett, Minnie Pearl, Roger Quick & The Rainbows, Archie Campbell, Stonewall Jackson, Ronny Robbins, Ben Smathers & The Stoney Mountain Cloggers, Jeannie Seely, Jack Greene, The Stonemans, Jim & Jesse, Charlie Walker, Jimmy C. Newman, Ray Pillow, Red Sovine and local bands Stan & The Valley Boys, Bill Rivers and Henry Crivier – September 23
  • Rush with Ian Thomas – October 9
  • Murray McLauchlan – November 3
  • The Hollies with Peter Foldy – November 10
  • Burton Cummings  – November 26

1977

  • Styx with Moxy – January 22
  • Conway Twitty with his daughter Joni Lee and Cal Smith – February 9
  • Buck Owens & The Buckaroos – May 14
  • Procol Harem with Cheap Trick – May 21
  • Roger Whittaker with Saffron – May 22
  • Irish Rovers – May 27
  • The Stampeders with Walter Rossi – June 4
  • Fleetwood Mac – July 5
  • Supertramp with Chris De Burgh – July 7
  • Kiss with Cheap Trick – July 19
  • Leo Sayer with Melissa Manchester – August 5
  • April Wine with Lisa Hartt Band – August 13
  • Rush with Max Webster – August 20

Styx Sudbury Arena Concert List poster for styx and moxy1978

  • Mickey Gilley – April 27
  • Johnny Cash – May 28
  • ShaNaNa – August 3
  • Trooper – August 28
  • Rush – October 18

1979

  • Cheap Trick with Prism – June 8

1980

  • April Wine – April 10
  • Prism with City Boy – June 26
  • ACDC with Streetheart – July 27
  • Burton Cummings – August 25

1981

  • Beatlemania – January 25
  • Cliff Richard – March 21
  • Roy Orbison – June 19
  • April Wine – August 10
  • Black Sabbath with The Alvin Lee Band and Wrabit – November 17
  • Alice Cooper – November 23

1982

  • Bryan Adams with Loverboy – April 30
  • The Blushing Brides with Toronto and Chilliwack – November 27

ACDC Sudbury Arena Concert List concert poster1983

  • Bryan Adams – February 15
  • Ozzy Osbourne – March 28
  • Nana Mouskouri – April 21
  • Black Sabbath with Nazareth – October 24

1984

  • April Wine – July 17
  • Harlequin and Holly Woods and Toronto – September 6
  • David Wilcox – October 11
  • Iron Maiden with Twisted Sister – December 1

1985

  • Bryan Adams – January 12
  • Bryan Adams with Luba – January 17
  • George Jones – March 18
  • Helix with Triumph – April 2
  • Chilliwack – April 13
  • Doug and the Slugs – April 27
  • Corey Hart – July 30
  • Platinum Blonde – September 5
  • Headpins and Helix – November 16

1986

  • Mr. Mister – April 4
  • Kim Mitchell with Haywire – August 11
  • Huey Lewis and the News with Mr. Mister – August 24
  • Honeymoon Suite – November 15
  • Metallica with Metal Church – December 10

1987

  • Brighton Rock with Triumph – January 8
  • Gordon Lightfoot – February 21
  • Alice Cooper with Sword – February 27
  • The Beach Boys – May 7
  • The Nylons – May 30
  • Johnny Cash – June 25
  • Corey Hart – June 26
  • Steve Earle & The Dukes – July 2
  • Tom Cochrane & Red Rider with Glass Tiger – August 19
  • Helix with Haywire – December 3

Black Sabbath Sudbury Arena Concert List concert Poster1988

  • Tom Cochrane & Red Rider – July 29

1989

  • George Fox with Randy Travis – February 8
  • Crowded House – March 20
  • Kenny Rogers – June 22
  • The Cult with Bonham – December 14

1990

  • Alice Cooper with Great White – January 3
  • Richard Marx with Wilson Phillips – August 8
  • Billy Idol – August 22

1992

  • Dire Straits – March 21
  • Bob Dylan – August 23

1993

  • Emerson Lake & Palmer – January 19
  • Bon Jovi – February 11
  • Foreigner – July 12

1994

  • Celine Dion – May 22

1995

  • The Tragically Hip with Odds and Change of Heart – February 13
  • Michelle Wright – May 9
  • Black Sabbath with Motörhead and Tiamat – July 23
  • Green Day with The Riverdales – October 26

Huey Lewis & The News Sudbury Arena Concert List1996

  • Melissa Etheridge – March 16
  • Celine Dion – May 28
  • “Weird Al” Yankovic – June 5
  • Def Leppard with Tripping Daisy – September 11

1997

  • Moist with I Mother Earth and Mudgirl – January 27
  • Deanna Carter with John Berry – April 8
  • Collective Soul – September 4
  • Amanda Marshall – September 16

1998

  • I Mother Earth with Our Lady Peace and Moist – February 7
  • Shania Twain with Leahy and Shane Minor – May 29 & 30

1999

  • The Tragically Hip – February 15
  • Alanis Morissette with Crash Test Dummies – May 10
  • Amanda Marshall – July 9

2000

  • Our Lady Peace – February 5
  • Paul Brandt with The Wilkinsons – February 16
  • The Guess Who – September 23
  • The Tragically Hip – December 5

Tragically Hip Sudbury Arena Concert List2001

  • Stompin’ Tom Connors – August 2

2002

  • Supertramp – September 7

2003

  • Def Leppard with Ricky Warwick – August 10
  • Keith Urban with Carolyn Dawn Johnson – September 20

2004

  • Nickelback with Three Days Grace – February 21
  • Nickelback – March 6
  • Alice Cooper – October 5

2005

  • Def Leppard with The Tea Party – August 12
  • Bryan Adams – December 14

City and Colour Sudbury Arena Concert Tour2006

  • Hilary Duff – January 18
  • INXS – November 12

2007

  • The Tragically Hip – January 27

2008

  • Micheal Bublé – January 22
  • Three Days Grace with Seether – January 23
  • Elton John – March 2
  • Blue Rodeo with Luke Doucet – April 18
  • Anne Murray – May 19
  • 50 Cent – June 21
  • Akon – July 13
  • Avril Lavigne with The Midway State – August 5
  • Backstreet Boys with Girlicious – August 26
  • Hedley – November 12
  • Bob Dylan – November 13
  • Kenny Rogers – December 3

Roy Orbinson Sudbury Arena Concert List2009

  • Bryan Adams – March 8
  • Brooks and Dunn – March 14
  • Celtic Thunder – April 21
  • Randy Bachman and Burton Cummings – August 4
  • Great Big Sea – September 26
  • Ludacris with Kardinal Offishall, Karl Wolf and Page – September 27
  • George Jones – October 19
  • The Used with Three Days Grace and Default – December 10

2010

  • Jann Arden – January 19
  • Billy Talent with Cancer Bats, Against Me! and Alexisonfire – March 23
  • Blue Rodeo with Cuff the Duke – April 9
  • Hedley with Faber Drive and Fefe Dobson – April 12
  • Daniel O’Donnell – June 3
  • Johnny Reid – November 2

2011

  • Alan Jackson with The Harters – February 1
  • Heart – February 14
  • Alice Cooper with Anvil – May 18
  • Burton Cummings – May 19
  • Kelly Clarkson – August 6
  • Avril Lavigne with The Midway State – October 16
  • Gordon Lightfoot – December 6

John Mellencamp Sudbury Arena Concert List2012

  • Hedley with Classified and Karl Wolf – February 22
  • Alan Jackson with Ryan Laird – April 19
  • Johnny Reid – May 1
  • Bryan Adams – May 7
  • Alice Cooper with Anvil – May 18
  • Steve Martin with Steep Canyon Rangers – May 24
  • John Mellencamp with the Cowboy Junkies – June 27
  • John Fogerty with Lucas Nelson and Promise of the Real – September 17
  • The Moody Blues – September 26

2013

  • Marilyn Manson with Butcher Babies – February 4
  • Blue Rodeo – February 7
  • The Tragically Hip with Arkells – February 11
  • Eric Church with Colt Ford and Sweat – February 19
  • Emerson Drive and Doc Walker – March 22
  • Marianas Trench with Anami Vice and Down with Webster – April 5
  • Mötley Crüe with Big Wreck – May 9
  • Kiss with Shinedown – July 23
  • ZZ Top – November 7
  • Billy Talent with Sum 41, Indian Handcrafts and Hollerado – April 8
  • Reba McEntire with Gord Bamford – October 24
  • Johnny Reid – December 11

2014

  • The Band Perry with Lindsay Ell and Easton Corbin – January 21
  • Chicago – March 3
  • Hedley with Alyssa Reid and Danny Fernandes – March 4
  • George Thorogood and The Destroyers – May 12
  • City and Colour with Half Moon Run – May 14
  • Charley Pride – May 29
  • Jann Arden with Jill and Kate – September 16
  • Brad Paisley with Brett Kissel – November 14
  • John Fogerty – November 17
  • Highs with Lyon and Poor Young Things – December 6

2015

  • Once Republic with The Musician – April 25
  • Dean Brody with Paul Brandt and Madeline Merto – October 13

Gord Bamford Joe Nichols Sudbury Arena Conert List2016

  • Jeff Dunham – January 17
  • Johnny Reid with Natalie McMaster, Aaron Goodvin and JJ Shiplett – March 10
  • Marianas Trench with Walk Off The Earth – March 14
  • Hedley with Carly Rae Jepson and Francisco Yates – April 24
  • Joe Nichols with Gord Bamford and Autumn Hill – May 26

2017

  • Tim Hicks with Jason Blaine and River Town Saints – January 22
  • Brad Paisley with Chase Bryant, Lindsay Ell – February 2
  • Dean Brody – May 3
  • Sublime with The Offspring and Rome – July 14
  • Vanilla Ice with Salt N Pepa, Rob Base, Young MC and C+C Music Factory – September 7
  • The Wiggles – October 21
  • Dallas Smith with Lauren Alaina, The Cadillac Three and Andrew Hyatt – October 22
  • Let It Be: A Celebration of the Music of the Beatles – October 30

2018

  • Hedley  – March 14
  • Johnny Reid – March 31
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