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Oprah visits Toronto for first-ever Canada broadcast

Thousands of die-hard fans lined up at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre to see one of the world’s most famous people, as broadcasting legend Oprah Winfrey hosted a sold-out appearance that will air on her self-named network.

“All these people lined up, and they came here… But they are here because they are looking for a way to open up the heart space for themselves. They’re looking for a way – just little nuggets,” Oprah said to CityLine’s Tracy Moore.

“I think people walk away feeling better that they actually made the choice to do something better for themselves…I think that’s fantastic. I mean, what more can you do in life than that? Really proud of that, I’m really very proud of that.”

The media mogul arrived at the convention centre around 12:30 p.m. Monday to host an episode of Oprah’s Lifeclass: The Tour — her first-ever Canadian broadcast. That episode will air live on the Oprah Winfrey Network on Monday night.

Winfrey also taped a second episode, which will air April 30.

Tickets for the event ranged from $49-$395. A line-up had already begun to form at 7:30 a.m. for the evening broadcast.

The event, billed as a look at Oprah’s classroom, will see Winfrey share life lessons alongside other teachers like motivational speaker Tony Robbins, spiritual healer Deepak Chopra, life coach Iyanla Vanzant and humanitarian Bishop T.D. Jakes.

Winfrey ended her 25-year daytime talk show on May 26, 2011. OWN launched in Canada on March 1, 2011.

“There’s a wonderful song by Kenny Rogers that said you gotta know when to fold ‘em. Know when to walk away, know when to run,” Winfrey said, beginning to sing.

“That song is a great life philosophy. To know when what you’ve done is done. To know it can’t be any more done.”

Below is a Twitter feed following the hashtag, #lifeclass.