Pop music today is all about the hook and Canadian Shawn Mendes is all about the catchy earworms. The native of Toronto has won over the hearts and ears of his largely female audience. As Justin Bieber and Justin Timberlake before him, Mendes seems to be an old pro of the winning formula. Be cute, write catchy pop songs and seem sincere (Bieber was at one point). You knew he was going to be a star when he was selected as the opening act on the North American leg of the Taylor Swift tour in 2015.
The 19-year-old has already released two albums, Handwritten (2015) and Illuminate (2016). Both have been hits courtesy of the singles “Treat You Better” and “Mercy”. His soft pop songs really are aimed at a teenage audience. As you might have guessed by this point he lists Ed Sheeran, Bruno Mars, John Mayer (Mendes is a self taught guitar player), and Justin Timberlake as his influences.
Demonstrating the popularity of this teen idol, the show is sold out.
-Date: August 14, 2017
-Venue: Bell Centre
-Ticket Purchase: www.evenko.ca
-Ticket Prices: $78.00, $94.00, $105.00 (plus handling charges)
-Show Time: 7:30 p.m.
-Opening Act: Charlie Puth