On December 9, 2017, IHeartRadio had their Jingle Ball North concert at Toronto's Air Canada Centre. Last year, they had their inaugural show at the same venue with performances from The Weeknd to Alessia Cara to The Chainsmokers, it was truly a massive event. So massive, that they knew they had to do something bigger to top that show this year and they did. Because this time around, for the first time ever, they decided to take the show from the venue to the screens of televisions because the concert would be broadcasted.

And because it was a concert that was being filmed for TV, the whole experience was nearly six hours long. It was clear from the start as well, it was their first time filming the concert for TV because there were delays in-between acts, there were a lot of technical issues and confusion, but the performances made up for all of that. And when it airs on television, it will be condensed showing only the best and there was a lot of that. On the bill, there were massive artists performing their big records on their sets like Cardi B performing 'Bodak Yellow', Post Malone performing 'Rockstar', Kelly Clarkson ending her performance with massive hit 'Since U Been Gone', and Fifth Harmony performing hit record, 'Worth it'.

Additionally, there was Ria Mae and up and coming acts performing like Jessie Reyez, Noah Cyrus and Virgina to Vegas. The whole show was truly grand, joyous and celebratory - a common theme that the artists and presenters (such as Hailey Baldwin, Shay Mitchell, and Tom Ellis) - kept promoting; it's about coming together through music, young and old, and being with your family and friends.

In a year where Donald Trump has been trying to tear apart the world, disasters like Hurricane Harvey, and the Las Vegas shooting, there's plenty of reasons to feel down, but on the night like this, we all came together as one to celebrate. To celebrate togetherness, regardless of religion or race and to enjoy the holidays and enjoy the music. And that's what the Jingle Ball is. It's a music event that is inclusive of all walks of life, and the act that truly embodied all of these qualities the most was the Backstreet Boys. The final act of the show.

With hits spanning decades, you had the older generation in the crowd singing word for word on popular, deep cut records like 'The One' or 'Drowning' or 'The Call' and on the flipside, you had the younger generation singing word for word on mega, massive hit songs like 'I Want It That Way' and 'Everybody (Backstreet's Back)'. Out of all the acts on the bill, the Backstreet Boys had the loudest cheer, the biggest reactions and rightfully so. The boys danced, they sang, they brought everybody together. For the entirety of Backstreet Boys' set, it was pure magic.

Now at the end of the performance and at the end of the night, it really wasn't about who performed or what happened, it was really about how being at the venue made us all feel. Because when the lights dimmed inside the venue, we weren't thinking about the six hours of wait time or all the technical difficulties that we had to sit through, we all left the concert feeling like every bit of the event was worth it because for those hours spent, we were allowed to enjoy ourselves and in a year like 2017, events like this are very much needed in the world.

The holiday music event will broadcast in Canada on December 17 at 8 p.m ET/PT on CTV, CTV.ca and CTV Go. It will also air on Wednesday, December 20 at 10 p.m. ET/ 7 p.m. PT on Much.