He’s come a long way since being discovered on the now defunct social media app Vine.
On Friday night, 21-year-old Shawn Mendes from Pickering played his first stadium show to more than 50,000 fans at a sold-out Rogers Centre.
Shawn Mendes-mania was at an all-time high with fans lining up for hours to try and get limited edition merchandise from his line of clothes at select Roots Canada stores, to his face being plastered on Tim Horton’s Cups.
The Juno-Award winner had fans in the palm of his hands as he opened the show with his number one song “Lost in Japan” and then went into back-to-back hits playing “There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back,” “Nervous” and “Stitches.”
For people who doubt his star-power he had the entire arena singing every word to his songs and at times the sounds of the screams were deafening.
“We just love him so much,” screamed Isabelle Rosintelli who flew all the way from Italy with her friends for the show. “We are missing school for this but he just is so good, his music is just so good and he is so kind, he is the best!”
It was a heart-warming sight in a news cycle full of death and destruction. Thousands of young fans singing at the top of their lungs like nobody was listening and smiling from ear-to-ear.
For a time I didn’t think the crowd could get any louder and then Mendes’ girlfriend and fellow musician Camila Cabello joined him on stage for their hit song “Senorita.” The two have been spotted around the city for the last few days as he showed her around his honorary hometown.
— Lindsay Dunn (@LindsayDunnTV) September 7, 2019
Friday nights concert was the last show on Shawn’s North American Tour. Brampton’s Alessia Cara opened for him.