Multiple GRAMMY Award-winning Country Megastar Keith Urban returns to Toronto for a whirlwind visit, meeting Press in support of his eleventh Studio Disc, GRAFFITI U. Arriving in the City late last night, he did interviews for most of the day out of his Hotel before performing material from the new Album at a secret location for contest winners. He also chat with George Stroumboulopoulos for the low-key event discussing among other things his artistic process including working with Julia Michaels on current Single, Coming Home.
While he’s visited on many occasions in the past for touring, promotion and also to accompany his partner Nicole Kidman during TIFF, this was our first time ever meeting the New Zealander-Australian. Spotting familiar Fans whom ardently have followed him City to City, he came over to take a few Selfies before rushing-off to his private jet and onto the next City.
Urban will be back in Toronto this summer at Budweiser Stage and also this September at the Canadian Country Music Association Awards in Hamilton!
In case you haven’t checked it out just yet, listen to Coming Home below:
Known affectionately as the MMVAs, the iHeartRadio MuchMusic Video Awards took place in Toronto this weekend, honouring the best and hottest Music Videos. Co-hosting this year were Brampton’s own Alessia Cara and Joe Jonas, the latter who has appeared on multiple occasions dating back to his days with his fraternal trio.
In town for the occasion were a litany of talent including performers Imagine Dragons, Arkells, Camila Cabello (formerly of Fifth Harmony), Julia Michaels, Iggy Azalea, Jessie Reyez, Lorde, Post Malone, DNCE (Jonas’ new band) and Niall Horan (formerly of One Direction).
Presenting awards this year are a who’s-who of television among the intended target audience of the awards show including KJ Apa (Riverdale), Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black), Brandon Flynn (13 Reasons Why), Keke Palmer (Scream Queens), Dove Cameron, Lilly Singh, Nikka Bella, Darren Criss (Glee), Kat Graham (Vampire Diaries), Shay Mitchell (Pretty Little Liars), Carly Rae Jepsen, Bea Miller and supermodel Martha Hunt.
Shutting down a portion of Queen Street at the famed Bell Media headquarters, fans lined the streets and braved the rain for the Red Carpet. The evening’s biggest winners included: A Tribe Called Red ft. Yasiin Bey, Black Bear and Narcy – R.E.D. for Video of the Year, Shawn Mendes – Mercy for Best Pop Video and iHeartRadio International Artist of the Year went to Lorde.
Most Buzzworthy Canadian Artist was awarded to Drake, who beat out Justin Bieber, Shawn Mendes, The Weeknd and Alessia Cara.
We spotted some of the stars of the 2017 iHeartRadio MuchMusic Video Awards around town this weekend. Check out our Snaps!