All we wanted for Christmas was Mariah Carey, and our wish finally came true!Editors note: We sent our intrepid reporter Lia Nardone to report on the biggest event of the Christmas season in Toronto… Mariah Carey’s (somewhat) live performance of All I Want for Christmas is You. Read on for more about Lia’s woman-on-the-street experience covering this “story”.
On Thursday, November 3, 2016, the streets around Toronto’s Eaton Centre were jam-packed for the unveiling of the annual Hudson’s Bay and Saks Fifth Avenue Christmas window displays. But what really had the crowd in a frenzy was an appearance by the queen of Christmas herself, Mariah Carey, who gave a million dollar performance! (Literally! She was paid One. Million. Dollars. to sing two songs.)
I was one of the lucky ones in the crowd, arriving three hours early to claim a spot in attempt to be closest to Carey. Alas, I couldn’t beat the die hard
fans lambs, some of whom traveled all the way from England just to attend the free show.
As access to the stage area opened right at 6pm, a stampede of festive Carey fans made their way towards the performance area, without regard for the vehicles still idling on the road. Meanwhile the drivers of said idling vehicles became trapped Jurassic Park style by the frenzied crowd jostling for position. It was quite the scene.
Cops were soon able to defuse the situation, but that didn’t come without some begging. A security officer came on the megaphone and urged the crowd, “the show will not start unless you all cooperate and move.”
Little did we know, the show wouldn’t start for another 45 minutes, despite the Mariah mob obeying their commands. The “Always Be My Baby” singer showed up fashionably late with gorgeous shimmery arms and all, but not before Mayor John Tory was booed while introducing an exec from the Hudson’s Bay Company.
Before she came out, rockin’ a red and hot pink Anna Maier gown, we bonded as a crowd by chanting her name, belting out her music, and religiously refreshing her twitter feed as we waited for showtime.
Finally, Mariah graced the stage and performed two Holiday favourites, including “All I Want for Christmas Is You” and “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town.”
Watch Mariah’s full performance, courtesy of CBC, below.
As the large crowd started to make their way toward the end of the street, I was pushed into the Eaton Centre where I gladly warmed up with a Peppermint Mocha from Starbucks to prepare me for the window displays.
The displays kept up with quite the Canadian theme, with features like Canadian geese (which were also showcased in the windows), red moose, and what looked like a projected picture show of a large Canadian moose trekking through the snow.
The outdoor displays shared the common Canuck theme with their “Enchanted Forest” windows, showcasing animated forest creatures playing in the snow.
It was a very festive and entertaining evening with Mariah Carey and Hudson’s Bay Fifth Avenue + Saks Fifth Avenue! We’re you able to see the event?