Canada: Kendrick Lamar surprises fans at Toronto pop-up shop


Ahead of Tuesday night’s hotly anticipated Kendrick Lamar concert at the Air Canada Centre, fans showed their loyalty by flocking to the rapper’s pop-up store in Toronto.

And “King Kendrick” showed Toronto some love back.


At around 3 p.m., the rapper from Compton, Calif., made a surprise appearance at the Livestock store at 116 Spadina Ave., thrilling the hundreds who had waited in line for merchandise.

“It was amazing,” said Arshan Raza, 17, who touched Lamar’s hand. “It didn’t feel real.”

“We saw his aura. He was glowing,” said 16-year-old Areez Khan. The superfan said he had been waiting outside the store since 7 a.m. — four hours before the store opened — and spent $155 on a red t-shirt and a white hoodie.

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The line of about 200 people weaved around the corner from Spadina Ave. down Adelaide St. W.

The “DAMN. Tour” merchandise ranged from sweaters and baseball hats, and were priced between $50 to $90.

“I want to go back in line,” 16-year-old Jasmyn Asuro added after seeing Lamar. “I’ve been in line since 6:30 a.m. . . . it was intense, it was cool. Everything was really great.”

“The line was almost at Bathurst St.,” said Justin Battad. “I didn’t expect such a huge fan base for Kendrick in Toronto — it’s not Drake or The Weeknd, but it’s a really good energy.”

Lamar, whose album Damn came out on April 14, returns for a second show at Toronto’s Air Canada Centre on Aug. 23.


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