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Sure, Justin Bieber may be a pop music icon, a cultural phenomenon, and one of the most recognizable people in the world, but at the end of the day he’s also just a guy who loves playing music for people and watching basketball.

In a news story that is giving us Beliebers all the warm fuzzies we can handle (as well as a harsh case of FOMO), Bieber surprised patrons of the Toronto bar Fifth Pubhouse on Friday night, taking a break from his worldwide Purpose Tour to spend a solo night watching basketball and enjoying a meal and a few drinks.

According to eyewitnesses, Bieber was seen earlier in the evening eating a salad alone at a nearby restaurant. He graciously talked to the couple beside him, telling them he’s from Stratford and was “home for a visit,” before heading to the Fifth to watch the game.

Bieber eventually took a break from basketball to perform his own halftime show, asking the staff if he could play the bar’s piano. Um, yeah, you definitely can, world’s biggest pop star.

The singer seemed to be in a reflective mood, showing off his impressive piano playing while performing a few classical tracks, including Beethoven’s “Fur Elise,” as well as his single “Sorry” and One Republic’s “Apologize.” He also took on The Beatles’ “Let It Be,” paying homage to a band who knows a thing or two about the intense worldwide spotlight the young singer has lived under throughout most of his career.

Bieber wrapped up his intimate performance with a lighter song, going out on a high note with Jerry Lee Lewis’ “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Going On.”

The Biebs’ impromptu performance earned him a few new fans, who noted the superstars’ talent and manners. Yay Justin, keeping that ‘Canadians are polite’ stereotype that we love alive!


Dale McDermott, a bartender at the Fifth and a native of Ireland , tweeted that he and the pop superstar discussed his homeland, with Bieber sharing that his favourite pub in Ireland is O’Donoghue’s.


Fully driving home how awesome it would have been to witness Bieber’s casual night at the Toronto bar on Friday, fans looking to spend New Year’s Eve with the singer and Skrillex in Miami can expect to pay $500,000 for the VIP experience. Friday night’s bill? Your bar tab.

As for Bieber, who won two MTV EMAs during last night’s award show, the Fifth Pubhouse reportedly picked up his tab in exchange for the pop star’s performance. Now that’s a steal.