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Gig Pick: Twenty One Pilots at the CTC—05.21.19

By Landon Entwistle on May 20, 2019

On Tuesday night, Twenty One Pilots will be descending upon Ottawa to the Canadian Tire Centre as part of the second leg on their Bandito Tour.

Last time the duo made their way to Ottawa, they sold out the TD Place Arena and made headlines the next morning, with the force of the crowd jumping causing damage comparable to a “low-magnitude earthquake” in the offices and GoodLife Fitness below the arena. If that is any indication of the energy Twenty One Pilots produce, this is a show you will want to be a part of.

With multiple stages, burning cars, and walkways above the crowd, the show on May 21 will be a spectacle led by Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun. The Bandito tour began in October of last year, and so eight months in, the show is at its peak production. Opening the show are Brooklyn’s Bear Hands, a post-punk indie rock act that just recently dropped a new album entitled Fake Tunes on May 10.

While the album Blurry Face may have put Twenty One Pilots on the map, their fifth album Trench that was released last October has shown the progression and maturing of the band’s sound. The most notable track for many on the album was “Jumpsuit,” as it shows the duo’s ability to genre-hop with ease. Followed by four more singles that have each charted high, the album has been critically acclaimed by many in the music industry.

The group’s most well known hit “Stressed Out” is now over 1.7 billion views and millions of streams on other platforms, showing Twenty One Pilots reach and dedicated fanbase across the world. Performing at some of the biggest festivals around the world this summer, Twenty One Pilots have retained their status of being one of the biggest acts to emerge from the past five years.


Twenty One Pilots will play the Canadian Tire Centre on Tuesday May 21, 2019. Tickets cost $67–111 online.