KELOWNA, B.C. - Rock musician Sting stunned fans by showing up at a yoga studio before his performance in Kelowna, B.C., hours before kicking off his North American tour in the Okanagan city.
Kylie Sutton owns the Moksha Yoga Studio and said people left the star alone when he came in for his workout on Thursday.
"You could tell people knew who he was but no one bombarded him," she said. "It was really awesome and I got a picture with him after class and he was so grateful and really loved the studio and loved the experience. It was really neat."
Sutton said Sting, known as a big yoga devotee, was "super cool and really chilly."
Chuck Woodward, the owner of Bikram Yoga Kelowna, said promoters for Sting's show called the studio on Wednesday and offered four tickets on behalf of the singer.
Though Woodward is a Sting fan and has never seem him perform in concert, he decided to give two of the tickets to his staff, and held a draw for the other two among the yoga students.
"The girls were jumping up and down when they heard about the free tickets," Woodward said.
Advance crews for Sting's show were setting up and running sound checks at Prospera Place arena on Wednesday, and a man who looked like Sting climbed out of a black SUV limo at 5:25 p.m., hugged some people and went inside.
June marks the 30th anniversary of the release of Synchronicity, the last album produced by Sting and his old band The Police. On his website Wednesday, an interview with Sting quoted him as saying he knew the band was about to break up after Synchronicity was released.
"This was almost a solo record in the sense that the subject matter was very personal to me and I couldn't share it," Sting said in the interview.
"Every Breath You Take, King of Pain, and Wrapped Around Your Finger were about my life. So that was the end of The Police, because I realized I couldn't involve this kind of work in a democratic process."
Sting has played in Kelowna once before, in 2005. (CKFR)