Those at the front of the line had been camped out on the Leisure Centre floor since 5:30 a.m.
In the few minutes leading up to the free Carly Rae Jepsen concert ticket giveaway Tuesday night, that line stretched out and around the facility, spilling up Taulbut Street nearly halfway to Seventh Avenue.
A few of the Jepsen fans at the head of the line were proudly showing off the red Target-logo emblazoned wristbands that signified they were guaranteed one of the 500 tickets that were being handed out starting at 6 p.m. Dec. 11.
Alyssa, 12, has been a fan of the Mission singer since she started performing. The Grade 7 student from Heritage Park Secondary School had seen her perform locally years ago and has remained a stalwart follower of Jepsen’s success.
Another girl part of the front-line group was Carissa from Mission Secondary School, who sings choir and loves Jepsen’s music. The Grade 7 student said she feels inspired that someone from this community has done so well.
Jepsen, who last week was nominated for two Grammy Awards, is being brought to town by Target, which is hosting the Dec. 17 performance at the Clarke Theatre.
Her hit single Call Me Maybe is competing for the Best Pop Solo Performance award and Song of the Year. Song of the year recognizes the song writers, and Jepsen’s team also includes Tavish Crowe and Josh Ramsay.
“I’m so grateful to be back home in Mission where I’ve received such strong support from day one,” said Jepsen in a press release.
Jepsen’s rise to the top of the pop music scene came after Call Me Maybe hit it big earlier this year. The song has gone five times platinum, sold more than 10 million singles, and summited to the number one spot on the charts in 37 countries, including the U.S. where it spent nine weeks atop the Billboard Hot 100.
The Target Road Trip launched in Halifax, Nova Scotia Nov. 30 and has been making its way across the country.
You can follow the tour progress at facebook.com/targetcanada and twitter.com/target_CA.