This is what it was like at the MMVA awards in Toronto
Toronto played host to hundreds of screaming tweens and exhausted dads on Sunday night for the 2017 iHeartRadio Canada Much Music Video Awards.
Hours before the awards began, the area around queen and John was already teeming with music fans who braved the rainy weather.
Most spectators were outfitted in rain smocks, many bearing signs like the cardboard flat I saw asking Shay Mitchell if she wanted pizza (yes), or the bristol board with a handwritten novella asking Shawn Mendes to prom (no).
On the red carpet, everyone looked fabulous. I spotted YouTube superstar Lilly Singh wearing a Love Thy Sister t-shirt.
Mariana's Trench kept it simple with their lead singer, Josh Ramsay, in a whipped cream bikini, and the rest of the members in bodysuits covered in balloons that were constantly popping.
I was most excited to New Zealand's KJ Apa in the flesh. The horde of teens agreed, going absolutely wild when Apa and One Direction non-father Niall Horan arrived.
One girl sobbed relentlessly as they walked by, but if Riverdale has taught us anything, it’s that teens only find other teens attractive when they’re weirdly distant and emotionally unavailable.
By the time the main event started, there was electricity in the air. The hosting was on point, with both Cara and Jonas entertaining the crowd with their charisma and talent. Julia Michael’s performance was incredible, and Lorde was, of course, amazing.
Even the Arkells, who I have been wary of since their lead singer used to borrow my best friend’s notes at McMaster, made me fall in love with them.
As the show came to a close, I was struck by how many different people attended the MMVAs. I had expected it to be mostly rabid young fans who needed their Horan fixes but there really were all kinds of attendees.
There was a woman in her late thirties in orthotic sandals, an older man in plaid with a backwards cap, even a couple with a little toddler who didn’t cry once, not even when Ed Sheeran won an award.
And they were all united by their one common interest- snapchatting for the entire duration of an awards show to their uninterested friends who could get a much better video of Post Malone online.
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