So I mentioned a couple weeks ago I would write a blog post about the concert I went to, and surprise surprise I never did it hahaha. Since then I have actually gone to two more concerts, so I thought I’d just do a little summary instead.
One Direction, Ottawa
I went to One Direction in Ottawa at the Canadian Tire Centre at the beginning of September and it was actually so amazing! Yes I am 20 years old and enjoy 1D, sue me. I went with a friend from school and when we got there we were surprised to find out our tickets were actually ridiculously close to the front! For those of you who don’t know, the Canadian Tire Centre also doubles as a hockey arena so the rows are steep and never ending. When we were trying to locate our seats we just kept walking closer and closer to the front saying “noo way!”. Icona Pop opened for them, which truthfully I think was an awful choice. Although they sing one of my favourite songs of all time (I Love It), they were really sexual and it was just awkward to watch when you have children under 10 years old on either side of you. Once the concert started I don’t think I stopped smiling and melting over all the cute things they’d do. FYI: If you plan on seeing a One Direction concert in the future and plan to see a spectacle, don’t go. Truthfully, all they do is walk around, dance a little and sing. It’s not really a “show” with back up dancers or anything like that. I enjoyed it whole heartedly, but it’s not for everyone.
The best part of the concert by far was the little girl beside me. She was probably five years old and part way through the show I noticed that there was no way she could see over the people in front of us. There was a perfect gap between people in front of me that would allow her to see the cat walk, so I asked her if she wanted to just stand in front of me and she did. She started watching my friend and I dancing and she copied a few of our moves, it was the cutest thing ever. Me and her ended up dancing together and I was twirling her and she was singing the words perfectly to me. At one point I got on my knees so we were the same height and she was singing to me and holding my hand, she even gave me a couple hugs through out the night. She was just there with her mum who thanked me on multiple occasions for involving her daughter. I love children so much so the whole thing just melted my heart and made my night.
Another awesome thing about the concert was part way through they asked everyone if they could put away their signs because they wanted to do some filming for their upcoming music video! At the end of one of their songs they set of streamers and it was just really fun to be apart of.
Every year Ottawa holds a Folk Fest and this year it was held at Landsdowne which is actually not that far from my new apartment. One of my favourite artists Passenger was going to be there on the Sunday, but I wasn’t really interested in seeing anyone else. A day pass was $50, but when I went to purchase the ticket there was $13 in fees! I was planning on going with my best friend Madie, but once we saw the fees we decided it just wasn’t worth it since we had already bought tickets to see Passenger in Montreal like two days later. We decided to go to Landsdowne and see if we could just hear the concert from outside the gates. Once we got there we saw the ticket booths and thought that we should just check out the ticket prices to see if there was any last minute deals. Apparently it was our day because tickets were only $30 as apart of some sort of student rush deal! Neither Madie or I had our student cards on us (mine is expired anyways haha) but the lady let us get them anyways, bless her soul. So the concert started and we were surrounded by people who had no idea who Mike was, other than the singer of “Let Her Go” but it didn’t matter cause we sung our hearts out and danced ’til our feet hurt. The show was so good, and he did a new medley thing where he blends a bunch of his songs together and it was SO beautiful. My phone was dead at the time so I don’t have any photos from that night, but it was so lovely to just be in the moment so I don’t really mind.
On Tuesday Madie, Chase (her boyfriend) and I headed to Montreal nice and early! We spent the day relaxing around Montreal before heading to the concert about half an hour before the doors opened. Last year Madie and I waited almost 8 hours on the sidewalk outside the theatre to try and get close to the stage, it paid off and we ended up with from row centre (!!!), you can see my blog post from last year for more details, but this year we decided it wasn’t worth it as we had just seen his two days earlier and has the most amazing experience last year, plus we had a boyfriend with us this time so it just wasn’t the best idea. The theatre was so crowded and I spent most of the show being pushed around, butted by tall people, and trying to see between these two guys heads, but it still some how ended up being wonderful. The backdrop that was clearly a new addition was absolutely stunning. Last year there was just lights that switched from red to blue, and although that was wonderful, this stunning backdrop of a moon coming over some mountains just seemed to suit Mike and his performance so beautifully.
After the show Chase went back to his friends house and Madie and I waited to see if we could meet Mike again. We waited almost two hours although it went by much faster this time as it wasn’t cold and raining haha. During the concert I tried to think of what I would say this time if I got to meet him again. Last year I asked for a kiss on the cheek which basically made my whole life when he said yes. I thought about how I changed my profile picture last summer to the picture of me kissing his cheek and how my grandmother saw the photo and thought that I had got a new boyfriend. I had to explain it to her that he was actually famous and was a British musician. My grandma thought he was awfully handsome and being British herself, I think she secretly hoped I was actually dating him. When I got the chance to meet him this year, I told him that I had a favour to ask, and that last year I asked to kiss him on the cheek (to which he replied that he didn’t have cheeks this year) and that my grandma saw the photo and thought I was dating him and how I wanted to step up my game this year and get a “coupley” photo to continue the running joke with my grandma. He said he thought it was a little cruel to lie to my grandmother but continued to take the photos anyways. In one of the photos he gave a thumbs up and said “Happy One Year Anniversary” and I could feel my heart melt to goo. Oh! I also told him how she was happy that I was dating a handsome British man (this was before I told her he was famous and sadly not my boyfriend) because she’s British too, and he asked where she was from and I said Kent and he was his grandmother was from Kent too! Such an odd coincidence.
Anyways, those are all the concerts I’ve been to lately. I absolutely love going to them, especially Passenger, who I hope to see every year as a sort of tradition. Perhaps to keep our anniversary’s going until they turn into real anniversaries 😉 hahah, a girl can dream.