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Prince announces 2 surprise shows at Sony Centre Friday

Prince has announced a surprise set of "exclusive and intimate" performances in Toronto this Friday at the Song Centre.

The artist announced the performances on his Twitter Wednesday

Toronto seems be favoured city for Prince, who has been spotted at various venues there over the years such as at this Raptors game back in January of 2002. (Frank Gunn/Canadian Press)

Prince has announced a surprise set of "exclusive and intimate" performances in Toronto this Friday at the Sony Centre.

The shows, set for 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. are part of Prince's "Piano and a Microphone" tour, according to the artist's Twitter account and a release posted on the Sony Centre's calendar.

"For those blessed enough to attend, everything about these exclusive performances has been carefully considered to deliver special once-in-a-lifetime experiences," the release says.

On tap will be a combination of the musician's best-known hits along with rarely-performed B-sides and never-before-heard material. Ticket-holders will also receive a copy of Prince's new album HITNRUN - Phase II

The last-minute announcement thrilled fans on Twitter:

Toronto seems be a favoured city for Prince.

In the early- and mid-2000s, he was married to a Torontonian, Manuela Testolini, and spent a lot of time in the city.

Over the years, Prince has reportedly been spotted at Raptors games, or even taking to a stage on occasion — including as a DJ. The back cover of his album, Musicology, even includes photos of some of Toronto's more iconic buildings. 

The back cover of Prince's album Musicology includes this photo of the artist in front of some iconic Toronto buildings. (Prince)

Fans here certainly love him back, though some would like a little more notice the next time the musician plans to perform here.

Tickets are set to go on sale Thursday at 10 a.m.

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