It seems like new waves of Canadian musicians are placing at the top of the charts every single year. Every generation has those Canadians that put us on the map, ranging from Leonard Cohen, to Celine Dion, to Michael Bublé, to Justin Bieber, to Drake.
iHeartRadio hit Canada last month (October), and with it has brought it’s famous iHeartRadio Jingle. The sold out show last Friday (November 25) brought a crowd from all ages thanks to acts Serena Ryder, Kent Jones, Alessia Cara, Belly, Niall Horan, Hedley, The Chainsmokers and Toronto’s own The Weeknd — on the day his album “Starboy” dropped to boot.
The show was co-hosted by Kardinal Offishall (obviously) who keps crowd pumped and up off their seats in between sets. Fans were also surprised by Ottawa Redblack football players who were co-hosts days prior to their game against the Calgary Stampeders for the Grey Cup. And if that wasn’t enough of a surprise, Criminal Minds‘ Shemar Moore surprised the crowd, presenting one of the acts.
As the almost four hour event commenced, it was evident that the crowd was there for a great evening of singing and dancing. With an (almost) all Canadian set, and with up-and-coming acts like Kent Jones and music veterans Hedley on the lineup, the acts made for a great first #JingleBallNorth:
The rapper came out in his Toronto Blue Jays jersey and performed two songs including his hit “Don’t Mind” that had everyone jamming along to. If the crowd hadn’t heard of Kent Jones prior, they did after this performance.
The Toronto born musician who is no stranger to the Canadian fans, performed three songs including “Stompa” and gave her all, rocking out on her electric guitar.
Belly shined on stage by opening with “Might Now”, and performed three other songs. For many who didn’t know, Belly is a Juno award winning musician/producer whose worked with artist like The Weeknd, Beyoncé, and Kehlani — just to name a few.
The former One Direction member flew into Canada just to perform his single “This Town” — if that’s not love for his Canadian fans, we don’t know what is.
A hiccup with her ear piece didn’t stop the Brampton singer from tearing the stage down with her hits including her latest “Scars To Your Beautiful,” which blew the crowd away.
Hedley owned the stage and ripped it to shreds with their countless hits, with frontman Jacob Hoggard’s vocals crushing each note. And if we’re talking about who had the most energy of the night, Hedley were that and more.
The Chainsmokers blew the roof off the Air Canada Centre with their on stage presence, their pyro and great mixing of hit singles including their latest “Closer.”
The show was wrapped up with the “Starboy” himself — on his album release date — for his 50 minute set, the longest of the night. The mysterious R&B artist performed some new songs and some classic The Weeknd tracks like “Crew Love.” The artist proved that Toronto musicians will always continue to represent the city and country to the best of their ability with their undeniable talent.
You can sign us up for iHeartRadio Jingle Ball 2017. The first (hopefully annual) event was a massive success with each act putting on their a game. Kardinal Offishall was a great co-host having spirits high between sets, and while we would have like some acts to have a longer set — to call Niall Horan’s one song set a disappointment would be an understatement — the sets were well sparsed. And with Toronto’s very own Starboy closing the show on his album release date, we couldn’t imagine any other better ending to a great evening.