07/25/2013 02:23 EDT | Updated 09/24/2013 05:12 EDT

Justin Bieber to kick off back-to-back Toronto shows

Justin Bieber will take to the stage in Toronto on Thursday, giving fans a chance to see the pop star in person, following a series of unflattering stories that have been published about him in recent months.

Bieber, who turned 19 a few months ago, is in Toronto to play back-to-back shows. The first show kicks off Thursday night at the Air Canada Centre.

The Stratford, Ont.-raised pop star rolls into the city at a time when he has frequently been making headlines for his off-stage antics.

Since the start of the year, Bieber has run into problems dealing with paparazzi, getting his pet monkey out of Germany and complaints from his neighbours about his driving.

More recently, Bieber apologized to Bill Clinton, after a video surfaced online that appeared to show the singer swearing at a photo of the former U.S. president.

Despite the many apparent setbacks this year, Bieber is still keeping up a seemingly positive outlook, at least when he is writing to his 42 million followers on Twitter.

"Someone can only get u down if u let them. Life is fun. Smile," Bieber tweeted this week.

And while Bieber spends much of his time on the road and owns a home in California, he hasn't been shy about playing up his Canadian roots during his brief return to the country where he was born.

"Love being back in Canada! #Proud," Bieber tweeted.

The Toronto shows on Thursday and Friday are the only Canadian dates listed on Bieber's website for the rest of this year. He played a show in Ottawa on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Bieber's mother, Pattie Mallette, has also been making appearances in Ontario this week, as part of a promotion tour for the "teen edition" of her memoir.

And just like the singer she gave birth to, Mallette has been keen to use her Twitter following to promote her work, as well as that of her son: