Fans of Canadian music superstar Justin Bieber packed into Toronto's Danforth Music Hall Monday night for an intimate acoustic performance by the Stratford, Ont., singer aimed at helping his hometown.
"I think this is the best crowd I've ever been a part of," Bieber told the more than 1,500 screaming fans in the crowd. "I'm having a great time up here tonight."
The concert was dubbed "An Evening with Justin Bieber" and all proceeds from the show are going to the Stratford House of Blessing, which provides food bank services and more to those in need.
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"It's really good to be home," the pop star said as he took the stage in a white toque, grey hoodie, black jeans and sneakers. "You guys are special, very special."
"We're just going to make this really loose," he added as he sat on a stool beside guitarist Dan Kanter to kick off the acoustic show with his new hit What Do You Mean.
It was also a family affair at the show as Bieber brought his little sister, Jazmyn, and little brother, Jaxon, onstage briefly.
He performed a mix of hits as well as holiday tunes, and even a rendition of Drake's hit Hotline Bling.
He also interacted with the crowd, allowing a fan to ask him a question — it was about his favourite candy, which he said is Sour Patch Kids. To the viewers watching the live stream on his website, he said it "sucks you guys aren't here."
Before the show, some Beliebers set up camp on the sidewalk for more than 24 hours with lawn chairs and tents outside the Riverdale venue.
Many fans wanted to catch a better glimpse of the 21-year-old by lining up early Monday morning. The general admission passes rewarded those who came earlier, giving better seats on a first come, first serve basis.
They are among the lucky few to snag a coveted ticket. Tickets were sold out within mere minutes following Bieber's announcement last week.