Elton John delights Toronto fans by appearing at pop-up store set up in his honour

By Zach Harper

Twenty lucky fans who had lined up to get into an Elton John pop-up shop in Toronto when it opened on Oct. 21 got the surprise of their lives: The man himself showed up and they got his autograph!

The rock legend made a very special appearance at the store, which has been set up at 277 Queen Street West, just across the parking lot from CTV. The first 100 fans in a very packed line got unsigned copies of Me, and the first 20 also got the opportunity to meet Elton in addition to getting a signed copy.

The shop, presented by Universal Music Canada, Bravado and Henry Holt & Co, was opened in connection with Elton’s farewell tour, which is set to last three years. It will run until Oct. 26 and features merchandise fans won’t be able to get elsewhere on tour. Those who drop in also have the chance to win prizes in contests, and we guess today was the ultimate prize!

Speaking of those shows, Elton is set to play two more sold-out gigs at Scotiabank Arena on Oct. 23 and 24.

Seeing Elton around Toronto is indeed a treat, but it’s not an unheard of event. His husband, David Furnish, is from Toronto, so the two spend plenty of time there. In October 2018, Elton surprised a fan by eating at legendary Toronto diner The Senator. The month before, he stepped out to beloved music paradise Sonic Boom, just south of the city’s Chinatown. If you’re wondering, yes, he did buy some records.

If you’d like to head in to the pop-up, it will be open daily from 10 am to 8 pm until it closes Oct. 26.

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