First ever laser show to rock out at Yonge-Dundas Square with award-winning Monster Rock Orchestra

Monster Rock Orchestra Photo: Chris Scaini

TORONTO: MonstrARTity’s upcoming production, Monster Rock Orchestra (MRO) presented by TD, is expected to bring thousands of people to Yonge-Dundas Square this Friday, May 22 at 7 p.m. for a never seen before music and laser spectacle.

“We are thrilled to bring Monster Rock Orchestra to Dundas Square,” says Vikas Kohli, Artistic Director of MRO. “This year is even more special as we’ll play the original Star Trek theme as a tribute to Leonard Nimoy. We are the Starship Enterprise of the music world, with our blazing guitar riffs and lasers as our phasers and photon torpedoes!”

Award-winning TV personality Dilshad Burman will be hosting Monster Rock Orchestra. 
“Monster Rock Orchestra definitely lives up to its ‘face-melting’ reputation!” says Burman. “It’s a concert like no other, combining contemporary and classic forms to create an incredible experience. I am so excited to host it this year and be right in the middle of the mayhem!”
Buy a Steam Whistle can to support local artists.
Patrons and audience members can buy a Steam Whistle can for $5 at Hard Rock Cafe Toronto all day this Friday, May 22. The funds raised by the sale of Steam Whistle cans will be used to support and encourage local artists. MRO thanks Steam Whistle for sponsoring the official after-party.

Rockin’ fun will continue at the official MRO After Party at Hard Rock Cafe!

MRO is hosting an official Monster Rock Orchestra After-Party at Hard Rock Cafe Toronto, starting at 11:00 PM on Friday, May 22 with stars of the show.


The billing of the show is as follows: 

Monster Rock Orchestra: MRO was born out of a dream for bright lights, a rockin’ band, an audience of thousands, and…an orchestra. Designed to be enjoyed by all ages, the Monster Rock Orchestra takes you on a pop and rock musical roller coaster of all-time favourite hits. Accented by a spectacle of lasers, stages and audiences alike are rocked by this electrifying performance.

Last Bullet: Last Bullet’s latest single “Runnin’ Out of Time” has been garnering spins on multiple radio stations across North America. Their hit track “State of Confusion” was broadcast across Canada as the opening intro to the World Junior Championship gold medal game between Canada and Russia.

Mississauga Pops:  A passion for music, good fun, and a sense of community has brought together over 55 amateur and semi-professional performers from a range of backgrounds.  The Mississauga Pops bring a sense of variety to their audiences, including classical, swing/big band, jazz, marches, contemporary, rock, and the latest Broadway tunes.

Supported by the Downtown Yonge BIA, Monster Rock Orchestra is an original production and the headliner of this free concert. This year, the MRO will be performing hits from Maroon 5, Guns n’ Roses, Bon Jovi, Lady Gaga, Bruno Mars, Michael Jackson and more.

“We are excited to welcome Monster Rock Orchestra to the Downtown Yonge neighbourhood,” says Mark Garner, Downtown Yonge BIA Executive Director and Chief Staff Officer. “It is a one-of-a-kind concept that supports Canadian talent and our music strategy, and encourages people to experience Downtown Yonge in a unique manner.”

Yonge-Dundas Square is open to all for the MRO show and audiences can enjoy the concert while digging into the delicious food offered by on-site vendors. Attendees will also have the chance to  mingle with the stars of the Monster Rock Orchestra at the official MRO after party at Hard Rock Cafe Toronto. Join the Monster Rock Nation fan club. Sign up at

About Vikas Kohli

Vikas Kohli is the first composer to receive the Trailblazer Award from the ReelWorld Film Festival, the first composer to receive a Voice Achievers Award and he also received a MARTY award from the Mississauga Arts Council. Kohli has composed and produced music for film-makers and recording artists from Canada, Bollywood, Europe and the USA. His compositions have appeared in award-winning feature films, award-winning documentaries, and award-winning comedies. They have also been telecast as live performances at award shows as far away as the IIFA (International Indian Film Academy) Awards and as nearby as the Hamilton Music Awards. Albums and singles he has co-wrote and produced have charted in Canada, India, Luxembourg, Paris, and Portugal.

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