So, last weekend, I took a 6 hour bus to Toronto (one of my favorite Canadian cities, it’s the hub of music) and I spent 2 nights/3 days there with one of my best friends. I would have written about it sooner, except a)I didn’t have time to upload photos until a week later and b)I was so busy coming home on Tuesday, that I barely opened my computer until my work-week was over on Saturday!
But enough of that. Here’s a small re-cap of a much needed getaway into the land of music.
We left VERY early on Saturday morning (June 15th) to catch our 6 hour bus ride that would take us straight to downtown Toronto. 7am departure meant my alarm was going off at 5:45am. I seriously debated not going anywhere for the weekend, but luckily I dragged myself out of bed and made it on time.
When we arrived in the city just after lunch time, we took some time to get ready in our hotel room for our busy afternoon and evening, as well as just to decompress after the long bus ride. Our hotel was conveniently just 5 minutes away from the bus station, and only about 10 minutes from the heart of Toronto, which made walking everywhere VERY easy and convenient for us.
After the Hard Rock, we walked all the way from Dundas Square to the Rogers Center for the Ed Sheeran/Taylor Swift concert that night! It’s right next to the CN Tower, so of course we got a few stellar views of the monument along the way.
Normally a baseball field, the Rogers Center was converted for the two-day Taylor Swift extravaganza. We got upgraded seats to the 200-levels, which still seemed quite far from the stage, but we made the best of it!
Ed Sheeran on the big screen, because we were too far away to get any good close-ups. But as always, my fave singer/songwriter blew me right the heck away. I can’t say I would recommend a show at this venue (it’s WAY too big and the acoustics are awful) but I loved getting to see him one more time before he likely heads back to the studio.
TSwift at the beginning of her 2 hour show on the big screen! So gorgeous in real life, and very talented. It was a really great show and she played all her classics. I can’t say I was AS blown away as I’d hoped, but honestly I think it’s partially because of the weirdness of the baseball field venue. I think she was also a *bit* too rehearsed, if I’m being honest, but I’m still happy I got to see her live.
And that was our first full day in TO! Sunday was another busy day for us; we headed out for an 11am breakfast with our friends from Ottawa that we met up with, as well as two of the writers for CONFRONT Magazine who live in Toronto. It was so fun to get to meet them for the first time, and, really, I’m never one to say no to breakfast.
Afterwards, we headed back to our hotel to relax. The theme of the weekend, I swear, was “how fast can we get into bed when we walk in the hotel room?’ and I think Jenia & I did really well in that department. Later in the afternoon, we spent some time getting ready for an evening on the red carpet for the MuchMusic Video Awards!
The red carpet experience proved to be significantly less interesting than we’d hoped, but we still got a sneak at a few celebrities, including Kunal Nayyar of Big Bang Theory (above) and Patrick J Adams of Suits (below). The two I was most looking forward to seeing- so I was happy!
Unfortunately we couldn’t watch the MMVA’s or hang around the area to listen from a distance, because everything was completely blocked off. After a much needed dinner, we ended up trekking back to our hotel room, where I watched the entire 2 hour event when it re-ran after it’s original airing at 11pm.
Finally, Monday was our last day, we were up bright & early to enjoy the most of it before we got on a bus back home. A quick breakfast at Time Hortons later, we spent the entire morning and early afternoon shopping with our Ottawa friends, and ended with one last meal on a terrace all together before saying our goodbyes.
And that was our little 3-day trip to Toronto! Moral of the story? We probably won’t end up back at the MMVA’s next year, I think it’s just a thing we’ve outgrown now that we’re nearing 24. But the experience was really neat, getting out of the city was even better, and all the gorgeous weather was just the cherry on the top! I love being in Toronto at this time of year because of all the amazing music though, so I’m really glad we made the trip out.