If there were any doubts about Justin Bieber's powers of attraction, they were dispelled at Massey Hall on Wednesday evening.
About 600 people, most in their teens, arrived for the teen pop star's "Home for the Holidays" concert, a broadcast of which airs Thursday. Most arrived before 5 p.m. to make sure they caught a glimpse of their idol before he entered the building.
A further 100 or so arrived without tickets in the extremely unlikely event that a seat went unclaimed.
Rebecca Tandon, 14, said she made the trip from Milton and had waited in line since 9 a.m. for tickets.
"We've been here for hours. We haven't eaten, sat down or left to use the bathroom," she said.
Sobbing, she said she had been unable to buy tickets, which sold out online in three minutes.
Leah Doricon, 19, said she also made a trip out to Toronto from Bolton.
"Oh my God I love him," she said. "I want to cry right now. I can't stand here anymore."
She said she had been waiting since 11 a.m.
"This is our dream to go see him live because I've never seen him live," said Ms. Tandon. "Especially because this is his Christmas concert … it's crazy that he might be five metres away from us."
Ms. Tandon didn't get a ticket. But she made three new friends from Burlington, after they waited all day together.