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This Thursday, I had the absolute best time at the Pierce the Veil concert at Danforth Music Hall in Toronto’s east end. The band’s Collide With The Sky (2012) album is by far one of my favourite records of all time; it’s one of those albums that emerge in your life during the exact time that you need its music the most. As a side story, I actually came across them on Tumblr (which I used to use far diligently in my more angst-ridden teenage years), in the form of a photo that read, “And I will soon forget the colour of your eyes, and you’ll forget mine.” These were words that spoke volumes to me and resonated with a then eighteen-year-old Emily who was extremely inexperienced in life and felt like any unrequited crush was a tragic tale of love and loss. Feeling like the biggest scorned romantic on the face of the earth, I Googled the words I had just discovered and found that they were lyrics to a song that was part of a soon to be released album. I had never heard of Pierce the Veil prior to that day, but I downloaded the full album the day it came out and quickly fell in love with the entirety of it. It was not just that song that I liked (still to this day though, it resonates with me, but in a way far more evolved than the me of five and a half years ago would ever imagine); every single song spoke to me in a way that made me feel like so many of my thoughts and feelings were being made into music. It still has a resounding effect on me today. Though this record surfaced in my later adolescent years, it has nonetheless managed to make its way into one of the best ’emotional support’ albums of my teenage life, for lack of better phrasing. But I digress.
With this backstory in mind however, you can clearly see why I felt the necessity to go see this band perform live. Like any group that has made a tremendous influence on my life, they became a bucket list concert. I was ready to go see them on my own, but my brother — fellow punk lover and musician himself — made arrangements to join me. He was not only excited to see the headlining band, but also the two openers, Crown the Empire and Falling in Reverse (both of which I honestly never listened to, save for maybe a few songs, prior to the concert).
After watching them both perform live however, I will definitely be downloading their music to my phone in the coming week! Not only during the openers, but also during Pierce the Veil’s set, there was a lot of moshing. More than I anticipated. For some reason, I felt everyone would just be bobbing along to the music, not forming the Wall of Death or creating a human cyclone of terror in a Circle Mosh. I was actually extremely grateful to have my brother standing beside me and deflecting all incoming hurling bodies while I attempted to record my favourite songs on my phone (while not actually looking at the phone, because I don’t want to spend a concert looking at it through a screen when it’s happening live right in front of me). Part of my absolute favourite song of there’s, Hold On ‘Til May, is here:
The concert was so incredible overall, and I’m so glad that I went. Their live performance was just as good as I had hoped that it would be, and the show that they put on was amazing. Although I wish that had played more from Collide With the Sky, they ended their set with King For a Day, which — in both my and Alex’s opinion — was the best note to end the concert on.
Did you go to their Wednesday or Thursday night Toronto shows? Have you seen PTV live? What did you think? Let me know in the comments!
In a follow-up of my the Valentine’s Day plans that I posted a while back, I can now tell you how great the restaurant we chose was! We found ourselves celebrating “Galentine’s” (a combination of gals + Valentine’s, in case you were wondering) at Earl’s on King. This night consisted of exchanging V-Day gifts, drinking wine, eating, and talking for hours. One of the gifts exchanged were chokers, courtesy of the lovely Émeraude, which we’re wearing in the photo above (a joke that came from this picture being hilariously dropped into our group chat).
Of course, we started off the evening with the wine, beginning by splitting a bottle of white between each of our glasses and then topping it white wine sangria. It was one of the better sangrias that I’ve had in the city!
We then naturally, as one does at a restaurant, moved on to ordering food. This proved to be fairly difficult, since there were countless viable options we had to narrow down on the menu. I ended up splitting a Dynamite Sushi Roll (see photo below) and Italian Style Pan Bread (which is only $2.50 and was gigantic!) with my friend, and ordered the Oven Roasted Salmon as my entrée. Both appetizers were mouth-watering and I could have eaten that sushi all night! The pan bread, as I mentioned, was huge, and could easily be shared between several people.
The salmon entrée was divine; the dill and caper aioli complimented the taste of the fish incredibly well. Oddly enough, this was also the first time in my life that I’ve tried asparagus. When I saw it on my plate I was a little nervous to try it (mainly because I heard it makes your pee smell weird), but I took a bite and polished it off before I even got to the salmon. So yeah, I can now confidently say that I like asparagus (and even if it’s TMI, that it didn’t make my pee smell, so I felt like I conquered that).
In addition to the amazing food, the service was also wonderful! Our waitress was super friendly and personable, which made the whole dining experience even better. She said that as a group of girlfriends out to have a good time on Valentine’s Day, we were her favourite table of the night. We definitely were having the most fun of everyone dining there, it seemed. Nothing makes a great restaurant better than sharing the time with your friends.
Have you been to Earls on King? What are your favourite dishes? Let me know in the comments!
This was an event that I was beyond excited for: the Third Annual Vintage Prom, hosted at the Great Hall located at 1087 Queen Street West. I was so into it that I actually made my own dress (with the help of my nonna, of course) by tweaking a 1957 Vogue pattern to look like a gown Grace Kelly once wore. The dress turned out amazingly and I was more than excited to wear it, but my thick and too-long hair encumbered any chances of me styling my hair in two perfect victory rolls. I didn’t get the whole look I was aiming for, but I digress. What did make my ensemble that much more pulled together though, was this amazing waist trainer than I got from Amazon! It brought me in to the perfect shape that I wanted.
As my (pretty unenthused) date/best friend and I made our way to the venue from our parking spot a few streets down, I immediately felt like a bit of a loser. I mean, I was wearing a Grace Kelly replica dress that cost me more money and time than a normal person would be willing to spend, walking past club-goers on a busy Toronto street to a vintage prom. I couldn’t help but ask myself if I was unconsciously trying to relive my high school days. The answer? I’m actually not certain, but probably to come degree [I mean, three of my high school friends came along, too (pictured above)].
Once I entered the venue though, I didn’t feel nearly as awkward — the majority of the other people attending were far more into the vintage vibes than I was.
Nonetheless, I think my dancing wasn’t all that bad when I finally dragged myself to the dance floor toward the end of the night. I know this is the case because I didn’t feel like a complete fool and literally only had one drink (normally I would need about 5 or 6 to start dancing, and I’d still feel pretty self-conscious about my lack of rhythm).
So, overall… Would I recommend Vintage Prom 2018? I’d say that because this is a relatively new event (this was only the third year), it will probably improve more with each run through. I would definitely suggest brushing up on your 1950s dance moves, perfecting your entire ensemble, and make sure your date has done the same if you plan on winning prom king and queen. Also, I feel that the event should be more specific to “1940s/50s” prom, rather than just vintage. There were people there dressed as if it were the ’80s, and that kind of threw off the whole feel.
I probably won’t go again, unless my cousin comes along with me who loves vintage things and would be willing to dance all night, but I really can’t see myself having any other reason to go.
Do you know of any other cool events similar to this in Toronto or the GTA? Let me know in the comments!
As per Netflix, the plot of their original series “Medici: Masters of Florence” is as follows: After his father’s murder, banking heir Cosimo Medici battles opponents of his artistic, economic and political visions for 15th-century Florence. Starring: Richard Madden, Dustin Hoffman, Stuart Martin.
They had me at “starring Richard Madden” (hello, Robb Stark!), but the fact that it’s based in 15th century Florence… Well, I’m a sucker for historical movies and shows almost as much as I am for Madden’s face, so I immediately downloaded the series onto my phone to watch on my breaks at work. I had faith in this show, especially after I saw what an amazing job Netflix did with “The Crown”. Unfortunately, though Madden delivered in terms of physical appearance (you can’t really mess that up), the show overall was not as good as it could have been.
First and foremost, the theme song threw me off because it doesn’t seem fitting for the time period and also was kind of superfluously annoying. Secondly, I’m not sure how an American-accented Giovanni de’ Medici has a British-accented (played by a Scottish actor) son who, with his British-accented wife, produce an Italian-accented offspring. It definitely gives off the idea that not too much thought was put into casting; I’m used to most historical films being portrayed by British actors and actresses, regardless of the country they are supposedly set in, so either commit to an all-British lead family, or make a full effort to cast the whole family as Italian. Not to mention that the actors playing Cosimo and Contessina were born in 1986 and 1984 respectively, while the actor playing their son Piero is born in 1987. Upon first seeing the three of them on camera, I thought Piero was Contessina’s not-so-secret lover, seeing as they all appear to be around the exact same age.
Though I’m not particularly well read in the history of the Medici family and can’t properly comment on the historical accuracy of the plotline, I can say that what I have read in regards to 15th century Florence is very dramatic and thus, it makes sense why this series has a rather “soap opera” kind of vibe to it. I can also note that I thought the costumes were quite good.
Overall, though it certainly was not the best historical show or movie I’ve watched, and the acting wasn’t as great as it could have been, I didn’t dislike the first season, and will most likely watch coming seasons as they are released onto Netflix.
Have you seen “Medici: Masters of Florence”? What did you think about it? Let me know in the comments!