Growing-up in the late ’80s-early ’90s it was impossible to avoid the cultural impact of New Kids on the Block. To this day they’ve managed to maintain their loyal following, also paving the way for other massively-successful Boy Bands like NSYNC and Backstreet Boys. We remember waiting by the radio for our favourite Top 40 hits to come on and compiling our own mixtapes on your tape recorder, but imagine the joy of hearing those songs played live? This is the concept of NKOTB‘s Mixtape Tour, bringing top Pop Acts from their era of glory on-stage with them for one hit-packed show. Before Christina and Britney, there was Debbie Gibson and Tiffany and while often pit against one another, the two pop forces joined forces at this show, along with Hip-Hop royalty Salt-N-Pepa and Naughty by Nature!
In light of our Raptors NBA Championship glory which was pronounced and celebrated throughout the night at Scotiabank Arena, Toronto’s Snow who performed his signature hit Informer, which was made popular again by Daddy Yankee‘s Con Calma. The Raptors’ North Side Crew Dancers even came out on stage at one point to kick-it-up a notch.
NKOTB brought the house down with their catalogue of hits including Please Don’t Go Girl, Step by Step and Hangin’ Tough, but paying tribute and respect to their Tourmates who also got a chance to shine. But make no mistake, it was clear who the crowd was there to see mostly and NKOTB rewarded several lucky spectators, diving right into the crowd to the delight of their fans.
See some Snaps from the hit-packed show which was just shy of three hours:
NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK
NAUGHTY BY NATURE
After the show we got to fulfill a real dream of ours, meeting Tiffany and Debbie Gibson together!
For a fifth year, the Joe Carter Classic Golf Tournament took place earlier today at the Eagles Nest Golf Club in Maple, Ontario. The Event brought together 40-plus Celebrities in Sports and Entertainment, with proceeds going to the Children’s Aid Fund. Since 2010, the Joe Carter Scholarship Fund and Joe Carter Family Support Fund have raised more than $1 million towards prevention of Child Abuse and education for those affected by it. Many of us know Joe Carter as the Baseball Player who guided the Toronto Blue Jays to a 1993 World Series victory with a walk-off Homerun.
The Afterparty certainly was the place to be tonight at Shangri-La Hotel in Toronto as Partygoers and Media filled the Red Carpet to the brim for a chance to see charismatic Hollywood Star Charlie Sheen – a dear Friend of Carter’s – and his Fiancée, Brett Rossi. The Actor after doing interviews head straight to a roped-off section of the Party Room where he was seen close and tight with Rossi. By the end of the night, he was drinking Cranberry-Vodka right out of the Bottle Service Flask. Sheen sure knows fun!
The three-day Affair saw the likes of Joffrey Lupul (Toronto Maple Leafs), Trish Stratus (former WWE Wrestler), Alan Thicke (Growing Pains), Carter Thicke (son of Alan, named after Joe Carter), Tony Todd (Anger Management, Best Friend of Sheen), Alfonso Ribeiro (The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air) and several, several more come out to support the Cause.
We chat with quickly with Carter, dapper in Strellson, about what inspired him to pour his heart into this cause. “I was lucky to come from a Family with a Mother and a Father who supported me though my whole career”, he tells me. “And these kids come from broken homes so they don’t have that opportunity and it’s not their fault. So if we can help them and show them someone really cares about them – gives them an opportunity maybe they can be successful like I was successful.”.
Partygoers were delighted by some ’90s-licious Throwback performances from Biz Markie who got the party going with a dynamite rendition of his Smash Hit, Just a Friend. Iconic Hip-Hop Group Salt-n-Pepa despite having split and reunite, made their Fans super-happy as they zipped through a 30-minute genre-bending Set which saw them perform their biggest Hits like Whatta Man (joined by Carter!), Push It, Shoop, Let’s Talk About Sex and Covers of Guns N’ Roses Sweet Child o’ Mine and Nirvana’s Smells Like Teen Spirit!
To learn more about the Joe Carter Classic Golf Tournament, click here.