The first North American YouTube FanFest was held in Toronto this past Saturday afternoon and evening, shutting down the central Yonge and Dundas Street intersection with thousands flocking to see their favorite YouTube personalities.
The Canadian crowd (estimated at about 15,000 people) was reportedly three times the size of similar events held previously in Asia, India and Australia, and was held to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Google-owned YouTube.
The free show featured YouTube superstars Jenna Marbles (15 million subscribers), VSauce’s Michael Stevens (8.5 million subscribers), Bethany Mota (8.4 million subscribers, and who single-handedly filled the Toronto Eaton Centre shopping mall in 2014 when she launched her Aeropostale fashion line) and Lilly Singh a.k.a. IISuperwomanII (5.3 million), as well as Epic Meal Time’s Harley Morenstein, acapella singer Mike Tompkins, LaurDIY, musicians David Choi, Jus Reign and others.
“The response to the show has been phenomenal – it was an incredible demonstration of how passionate Canadian fans are about YouTube and these amazing, talented creators,” said Sam Sebastian, Google Canada general manager, in a statement.