“It's really good to be home,” declared Justin Bieber, who returned to Canada on Monday (Dec. 7) to perform a sold-out show in Toronto. Dressed down in a hoodie and tuque, the 21-year-old singer thrilled fans by performing an acoustic set of his biggest hits at the Danforth Music Hall. “We're just going to make this really loose,” he told the audience, before breaking into “What Do You Mean,” the first single of his new album, Purpose.
Joined by his longtime musical director and guitarist, Dan Kanter, Justin had fans singing along to new songs like “Sorry” and “Love Yourself” and some of his classics, including “Nothing Like Us,” Under the Mistletoe” and “Boyfriend.” Aside from sharing his music with his devoted Beliebers, Justin used the concert to give back to a cause close to his heart. Proceeds from ticket sales ($100 each) were donated to the Stratford House of Blessing, an outreach centre and food bank in his hometown that the singer frequented as a child.
Fans were also treated to some memorable covers, as Justin hopped on a piano to perform the Beatles' “Let it Be,” and later sent the crowd into euphoria by putting his own spin on Drake’s “Hotline Bling.” While he professed his love for the 1,500-strong crowd, he took a second to celebrate his two favourite fans, his little sister, Jazmyn, and brother, Jaxon, who he called onstage for a quick hello.
The show was a teaser for Justin’s upcoming North American tour, which kicks off on Mar. 9 in Seattle. The 58-date Purpose tour includes stops in Vancouver, Ottawa, Quebec City, Montreal, Toronto, Winnipeg, Calgary, Edmonton and Saskatoon.