As I made my way to The Sony Centre for the Performing Arts last night, a stream of metal heads were making their way with me. I was regretful in wearing my pink t-shirt and flower jeans amongst the dread-lock laden, black t-shirt and army boots crowd – just joking! Luckily, there were tickets left and I found a seat on the floor of the beautiful theatre – ready to get my rock on! To open the night, a band called ‘Le Butcherettes’ took the stage as three red-dressed beings performing white-stripes-esque music. The highlight of the band was the female lead singer who wore a shiny red cape, danced crazy crab-like antics (tough to describe!), and ended up taking her skirt off to reveal a great pair of granny panties to boot. I know, I’m laughing as I type this out! After a short break to get the stage ready for FNM, stage hands dressed all in white brought out flower box after flower box to adorn the stage with cheesy orchestral music playing in the background like ‘Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head’ and ‘Blue Moon’. It was comical to say the least – especially watching the metal heads in the crowd bopping their heads along to the beat! FNM did not disappoint – performing tunes from their latest album to be released next month, ‘Sol Invictus’ and of course classic tunes from ‘Angel Dust’ and ‘The Real Thing’. Not surprisingly, the crowd was on their feet the whole time – like me, reliving every note and washed over by nostalgia. It was a great release for me, singing along and pumping my fists in the air in complete euphoria.
After the killer concert, I wandered the streets of TO – enjoying the warm air and energy that is metropolitan. I couldn’t help myself, but stopped for a hotdog from a street vendor and sat down to people-watch…
As the conference was over yesterday, I spent the day today working on sorting out my notes and made some progress on getting some music business done. There’s nothing like concentrated time on something I love and am totally passionate about. Again, I’m so thankful for this time to focus and rejuvenate my vision for the future of my music career.
After a week on my own, I’m starting to feel a bit homesick… missing my community of friends and the familiarity of home. Spending time in Toronto has been really great though – I totally love the energy of this place! A few months ago, I was contemplating making a move here to be closer to the movers and shakers of the music business, and really, music is EVERYWHERE here. After the conference though, I learned that with the new age we are in with the world literally at our fingertips – it really doesn’t matter where one lives physically – only how one reaches out and utilizes the community of the world via the internet. So you’re stuck with me!… for now 🙂