MMVA wristbands to be given out a day early
Fans that have been camped outside MuchMusic’s headquarters for the past three days won’t have to wait much longer.
Wristbands for the upcoming MuchMusic Video Awards (MMVAs) will be given out Friday at 6 p.m., a day earlier than the regularly scheduled time of 8 a.m. on Saturday. The Toronto Police Service have asked all line-up members to take down the tents and with rain expected to hit Toronto tonight, MuchMusic made the decision to hand them out early.
By Friday afternoon more than 1,000 fans hoping to get their chance to see the likes of Justin Bieber, Drake, Katy Perry and Miley Cyrus at the upcoming MMVAs, snaked around the building, with the line extending as far as Queen and Simcoe St. If fans haven’t already received a number, they will not receive a wristband, according to MuchMusic.
Getting a wristband a day early will be welcome news for young music fans like 16-year-old Rachelle Monette from Hamilton, Ont., who has been waiting outside with her friends since Tuesday night.
The group, which also includes Charlie-Ann Aucoin, 16, and Kristina Proctor, 18, was also first in line last year and know how to “get around the rules,” which forbid anyone from lining up before Wednesday at 7 a.m.
“We came Tuesday and we got kicked off the property so instead of like setting everything up we just hung out around Toronto and came back around 10 at night and just sat outside until 7 a.m.,” says Monette.
“As long as you don’t look like you’re lining up and you’re just kind of keeping an eye on the street, you’re good to go. That’s our game plan,” adds Aucoin.
Equipped with a blow-up couch that folds into a bed, tents, a fully stocked cooler, blankets, board games and a generator to charge their phones, these girls have become experts at camping out on the sidewalk for days and have been offering tips to other “newbies” in line as well as posting information on Twitter.
“It’s a lot like camping but the trick is you really have to eat healthy and stay hydrated because one day you’re in the pouring rain and the next you’re in the beating sun. You have to keep your body’s immunity up so you don’t get sick,” says Aucoin.
Waiting in line is also old hat for Amanda Bishop and her friends.
“Get on security’s good side,” says the 20-year-old from London, Ont.
The girls also brought a pile of food, as well as their iPod and speakers, and a few extra “personal care” accessories.
“We have perfume and body cream that smells good so that we don’t smell (with the lack of a shower),” says Bishop.
Some girls new to the lineup from Oshawa, Ont., watched videos on YouTube to pick up some tips.
“We brought a lot of food, foam mattresses, tarps in case it did rain again,” says Emily Nicholson, 16.
Dressed in hand-made MMVAs T-shirts and colourful socks and leggings, the girls say camping outside is all worth if it means seeing their idol.
“I want to see Justin Bieber. I find him very attractive,” says Emily Rollauer, 14.
“(I love) his hair flip,” adds Nicholson with a laugh.
The MMVAs air Sunday, June 20 at 9 pm ET.