Concert Review: Happiness Begins Tour Toronto (Night 1)

The Jonas Brothers make their first Canadian stop at Toronto for two back-to-back shows

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Happiness for Jonas Brothers’ fans had officially begun when the brothers declared the group’s reunion back on February 28 this year, along with their comeback single, Sucker.

Fans were overwhelmed to see their favorite band reuniting after a 6-year-hiatus as they kicked off their Happiness Begins Tour on August 7, in Miami. Recently, on the 23rd of this month, the group took to finish it off with two back-to-back shows in Toronto, marking it their first Canadian stop of the tour.

Both shows were held at the Scotiabank Arena, each with a capacity of 19,800 people. For the opening acts, the group invited singer Jordan McGraw, who took over the stage at 7:30 pm local time, followed by “Meant to Be” singer Bebe Rexha. Both openers hyped up the crowd with their outstanding performances and eye-catching visuals. 

After all the anticipation, the main act was introduced to the public with a short cameo titled “We are the Jonas Brothers”. With a burst of fireworks, smoke and colorful suits, the trio was then lowered down by a moving platform from above the stage as they sang “Rollercoaster”, a nostalgic tune reminiscing the band’s success. After the first song, the band took a moment to look at the crowd as the screams and cheers of the fans echoed throughout the whole arena.

Following their spectacular entry, the band performed 2007’s hit  “S.O.S.”, to which the crowd responded by loudly screaming, singing along and dancing with energetic glee.

One by one, they began to sing songs from their new album (Happiness Begins) such as “Cool”, “Only Human”, “Strangers”, and “Used to Be”, the last one as they walked down the aisle to get to the B-stage. The platform then elevated as they performed “Hesitate” with colorful lit-up drone balloons floating around them, along with thousands of flashlights lit by the crowd, creating their own mini galaxy. In addition, upon fans’ requests, the group also sang the 2008 classic song  “Sorry”.

Later, Nick and Joe both paid tribute to their solo careers as they shared vocals while singing Nick’s “Jealous” and Joe’s former group DNCE’s “Cake By the Ocean”. Fans loved the sudden pop up of inflatable dancing men and colorful confetti during the latter, along with the stunning visuals on the large screen.

A video interlude titled “Piano in the forest” was shown as Kevin returned to play on the floating piano, descending onto the stage in a white suit. Nick and Joe came on stage after, also dressed in white, and together they sang “Comeback”. The crowd sang along with the boys as they played the original fan favorites including “When You Look Me In The Eyes”, “Lovebug” and “Year 3000”. 

Throughout the entire show, the band thanked fans numerous times for the loyalty throughout the years, even raising shot glasses in a toast with the crowd to thank them once again for all the love and support. While on B-stage, Joe video chatted with a fan from Montreal who was unable to come to show. “For the ones that have been here the longest,” Joe said. “There were a lot of ways this couldn’t work out. You showed your commitment.”

After so many memorable moments, fans were disappointed as the show came to an end even earlier than expected, just before the encore. This resulted in the boys not singing their two most iconic hits: “Burnin Up” and “Sucker”. The show abruptly stopped, the lights turned on, and security urged fans to leave the arena as the show was “over”. Fans still stayed inside the arena for around 30 minutes, confused as to what happened, due to a lack of clear explanation at the time. 

Later on, the Jonas Brothers took to Twitter to clarify that they had to end the show because of technical issues, apologizing to all the disappointed fans.

Although the show was two songs short, its magnificence wasn’t shortened, as the group did not fail to bring happiness to their fans in Toronto.

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