Serena Ryder to play free concert at TD Place Arena

May 27, 2015 | by Trevor Greenway
Dustin Rabin Photography, Serena Ryder Dustin Rabin

Serena Ryder plays a free show at TD Place Arena July 3. Dustin Rabin Photography

Serena Ryder will play a free concert at TD Place July 3.

Yes, absolutely free.

Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group (OSEG) made the announcement Wednesday morning to help kickoff the Ottawa RedBlacks Ottawa Fury FC home-opener weekend.

“What a chance to showcase a great artist and do it by throwing a big free weekend party,” said OSEG CEO Bernie Ashe.

“This gives us a chance to open our doors to people in Ottawa who otherwise might not have come.”

The Millbrook, ON songstress exploded onto the scene in 2012 with her multi-platinum album Harmony.

Her catchy single, “Stompa” blasted up the US radio charts and her subsequent tour received rave reviews from music critics across the globe. The three-time Juno Award winner will bring that same electrifying performance to TD Place Arena July 3.

“We know our customers love Serena Ryder and so do we,” said TD Senior Vice President of Corporate Marketing Chris Stamper. “We believe in the power of music to bring people together across Canada.  It’s going to be a great night at TD Place, one of many that Ottawa and Gatineau music and sports fans will enjoy at Lansdowne in the months and years to come.”

The Friday night concert kicks off a busy weekend in the Glebe and at Lansdowne. After Ryder serenades thousands of screaming fans, the Ottawa RedBlacks take on the BC Lions for its home-opener July 4. The Ottawa Fury then kickoff their fall season when they host the Jacksonville Armada on July 5.

“What a way to kickoff summer,” added Ashe. “There will be a lot of people coming here for the first time. Get online and get your tickets, because they are going to sell fast.”

Tickets are free, but concertgoers must log on to at 10 a.m. this Friday, May 29 to reserve seats. It’s expected that tickets for this free show, which includes and opening set by Toronto’s Strumbellas, will disappear fast.