I was reminded of this story when I was on my way to work this morning and heard on the radio that Daniel Radcliffe was in Toronto today to promote The Woman in Black. So I thought I would share with everyone my experience of going to see Tom Felton at Much On Demand, and my first (and only) encounter with the Biebs.
It was one afternoon in the summer of 2009, I think. I was at home when I heard that Tom Felton was going to be at Much On Demand that afternoon. (For the non-Canadians, M.O.D. is like an interview segment at Much Music, and the side doors are open for the fans that are waiting out on the street to see the celebs. I had previously gone to one taping with Alien Ant Farm, many years prior to this.)
Anyway, I contemplated whether to go or not. I didn’t really want to go on my own and be crushed by fellow Potter fans, but I felt like I couldn’t pass this up, especially since he’s my favourite character! So I trekked out on my own, and upon getting to the corner of Queen & John, I saw a line-up had already formed down the block and around the corner. Figuring that was, I guess, a typical showing of fans, I didn’t think too much about it until I saw people with signs and talking about someone else – not Tom Felton.
I turned to the two girls behind me, who WERE there to see Tom, and asked them “Who the hell is Justin Bieber?” 😳 (To be fair, they didn’t really know either) Wow. Who would’ve thought that all those years ago, not knowing who this kid was, I was actually there in the crowd to see him as he was really getting more popular.
So, obviously with the majority of the crowd being there to see Biebs, there was no way of getting inside the studio, so us (surprisingly) few Potter fans hung near each other as we’re corralled into the fenced in area outside the side garage-door wall. But MAN do Bieber fans push! The security had to tell all the squealing girls to stop pushing SO many times or else they wouldn’t bring him outside, and yet they kept pushing. I’m recalling many incidences of this happening at his appearances (just look at this Google search result!)
Because of all this pushing & shoving, me & fellow Potter fans got relegated further and further back. To be honest, I’m actually quite surprised that there weren’t more people there that were to see Tom. Don’t get me wrong, there were other fans that I ended up seeing, holding the books and other Potter paraphernalia but it surprised me that the majority were there to see a then-shrimpy short kid, who nobody could see over the heads of everyone standing around, even WITH the raised stage platform by the window. (I’ll do some searching and see if I managed to get any shots of Biebs, over the heads of everyone!)
All I gotta say is thank goodness for the zoom on my ol’ point-and-shoot camera!
And I even managed to get a screen-shot of the TV airing.. (That’s me in the red rectangle) Let’s just say, I was originally a LOT closer than where I ended up getting pushed back to!