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Sheila and I did it. We drove all the way to Vancouver, danced for 2.5 hours at the Justin Timberlake/Jay Z concert and then drove all the way back home. While in Vancouver we managed to see Stanley Park, walk the seawall, see the Olympic Flame cauldron, walk the length of Robson street, have happy hour at a pre-concert party and then, of course, the concert itself.

I can’t adequately describe the concert because I don’t think I know the right words for it. Or, maybe the right words don’t exist. It was one of those once-in-a-lifetime moments. We were on the floor, center field at BC place. Over 40,000 people in attendance. Biggest stage I’ve ever seen. Two and a half hours of partying with arguably the two biggest superstars in the world. The roof of BC Place was partially open for the show (the first time that’s ever been done). While JT was singing Mirrors (the song I was most looking forward to seeing), a light rain started to sprinkle on us. I looked up, saw a plane fly overhead, felt the rain on my face, saw the lights twinkling around the roof and looked over at Sheila – we were there and it was exactly what I’d hoped it would be.

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How lucky am I to have a sister who loves this just as much as I do? Someone who would drive 12 hours one way just to see this concert? Sheila is amazing and fun and game for anything and I love her. This was our fourth time seeing JT live. Twice with NSYNC and now twice solo.

Travelling with Sheila was so much fun. We lost our voices on the drive down, chatting and singing along with our driving tunes. We snuggled up in our tent during the night (yes, we camped just outside of Vancity). We hung out in coffee shops playing crib while we waited for the show, and she calmed me down moments before the big event when I was beginning to feel those feelings of excitement that can sometimes put me over the edge (I have a history of excitement-induced migraines…). She made sure I was eating enough, drinking enough water and taking enough deep breaths. She’s the best and I’m so glad we experienced this together.

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5 more months until we do it all again. Does this mean that my hobby is going to Justin Timberlake concerts? If so, I’m OK with that.

Here’s a video from our concert. I didn’t take it, but during this we were on the floor (FLOOR SEATS) dancing our fannies off. It was the most fun I’ve had in a while. I mean, COME ON. I was in this same room as this guy. My love for JT will never die, and I am not ashamed of that fact.

And, just for good measure, here’s the video for Mirrors which makes me teary every time I watch it.

JT and Jay Z – you guys are truly the legends of the summer.

 

 

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I’m back from a week spent in St. Catharines, Ontario with 2 of my dearest friends and their cute babies. It was a wonderful week. So much visiting, playing with babies, and visiting some sights including Niagara Falls, Port Dalhousie on Lake Ontario and the Funk Family Farm.

Thanks to Derek, Sarah and Lena for being the best hosts! Here are some pictures…

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It was so so wonderful to catch up and pick right up where we left off. It’s not always like that with friends you haven’t seen in awhile, but it’s always like that with these ladies. xo.

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On an unrelated note – JT’s new album is out tomorrow. This is my favourite song on it right now. I told Theo I want to learn the dance moves – they’re just so smooth!


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We parked the car far away so that we wouldn’t have to pay for parking. The weather was mild, about 5 degrees at 7pm. We traipsed through the U of C campus in search of the student centre and MacEwan Hall where the Tegan and Sara concert was to happen. It said the doors would open at 7, got there at 7:15 only to be met by the longest line on the planet. You probably don’t know how the U of C is laid out, but this line snaked from Mac Hall in the student centre all the way to the Kinesiology wing. Winding through the food court, down a flight of stairs, around corners and through skinny halls. Every time we took another turn we were met by more line.

“Is this line seriously for the Tegan and Sara concert?” we asked.

“Yep,” came the weary response.

So we joined it at the border of the Kinesiology wing and moved slowly for half an hour. It actually wasn’t so bad.

Once inside we realized this was a standing-only concert. I must admit, those are not my favourites. No chairs anywhere. So we found a spot along a wall and sat down to rest up our legs for the show. The crowd was a strange mix of University students, hipsters, tom boys, girls that looked ready for the club, couples in their 50s and children. Yep, I saw two little girls wearing tiny Tegan and Sara shirts running through the crowd arm in arm. Truly an all ages show.

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The twins came on and the night was amazing. The sound quality was perfect – the songs were clear, loud enough (but not too loud), and you could distinctly hear their voices and the lyrics. So many times at bigger shows the music is done a disservice by the acoustics of a large venue or the mixing is bad. Not so for this show – they sounded incredible live.

I appreciated that they also sounded human. Sara messed up the lyrics at the beginning of one song, their voices were not perfect and sometimes they had trouble hitting higher notes. This wasn’t something that bothered me, but rather something that endeared them to me. Tegan and Sara have immense talent, but they’re also human. I love that they showed that. They’re also hilarious and told silly stories between songs and bantered back and forth like only twin sisters who also work together and are with each other constantly can do.

They played a great mix of songs – hits from previous albums, every track off their new album, a Prince cover and a medley of old old songs. When they sang a bit of Monday, Monday, Monday I was immediately transported back about 10 years to when I first loved that song. Strange how music makes you remember. When they busted out Closer, their hit single right now, I handed Theo my bag and let loose – dancing with the three girls in front of me who hadn’t quit since the start. Like at any good show, they welcomed me into the fold and we just danced. It was so fun.

We left with aching feet and aching backs, but not too much ringing in our ears. It was everything I’d hoped it would be.


I feel like every February 1st the same thought crosses my mind: Finally February. January is long and cold and the best stuff is all crammed up at the beginning of the month. Today it’s supposed to be +5, the sun is shining, I’ve cleaned up the house and yes, it is finally February.

In honour of the month I added a new little something to our mantel.

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I found a free printable of this online and then coloured it myself! Arts and crafts! I really like how it turned out.

Now, I know my last post was about Tegan and Sara, but you guys, I can’t post this without sharing my next favourite song off their new album. If you haven’t gone to iTunes and bought Heartthrob yet, what are you waiting for? It’s the perfect music for February! No, wait, it’s the perfect music for life. This song is the last one on the album and it gets me right where I want it to get me.

The sound isn’t fantastic because it’s a YouTube video, so i suggest you get this on your iPod, play it on a sweet sound system and just rock it out. Those beats, you guys. I listen to this at least 3 times a day. Especially good for running to.

Oh and we just bought tickets to their show on Feb. 28th and holy smokes am I ever excited about that.

Happy Happy Friday! Have an awesome weekend.


Oh, hey! I’m still here, don’t worry. Today I wanted to share a song with you that’s been on repeat in my brain and on my iPod all day long. I’ve been a fan of Tegan and Sara (you know, those twin sisters from Calgary who make awesome music) for a long time. Yesterday they released their new album Heartthrob and, woah, it’s so good. Like the whole thing is fantastic, every song. That’s such a rare thing these days.

Their single is Closer and it’s so catchy I’ve been bopping to it all day. It certainly makes all of the editing I have to do and the cold weather I have to put up with tolerable. Here it is, get your grooving shoes on!


As many of you know (and as all of you will soon know), I’m a huge Justin Timberlake fan. This may surprise some of you, because I tend to lean away from pop music as my music of choice, but you see, JT planted himself in my life when I was 13 and he has firmly stayed in my heart ever since. Yep, I was one of those crazy ‘NSYNC fangirls. ‘NSYNC basically consumed my junior high experience (along with my best friend Laura who was just as crazy as I). We even saw them in concert twice – once in Edmonton, and once in Toronto. Yes, you read that right, my parents made it possible for me, Laura and my sister to fly to Toronto with my Mom to see ‘NSYNC at the SkyDome. Aside from the migraine I developed due to my overwhelming excitement, it was possibly one of the most fun experiences of my life.

Well, that was until Sheila and I scored tickets to be second row when Justin Timberlake rolled into Edmonton 6 years ago (SIX YEARS). That was great. We were standing behind some guys who, very graciously, let us stand in front of them for a few songs so that we could be right at the stage. Like, touching the stage. At the end of the show, JT sprayed his water bottle over the crowd, soaking us. When I tell that part of the story, most (read: all) people respond in the same way: “Eeeew! That’s gross.” No way. Not gross. It’s Justin Timberlake!

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So, imagine my delight when I read this Tweet:

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Wait. What? Justin Timberlake is releasing a new song today? And now an entire album has been confirmed to come out later this year? He hasn’t released music in 7 years. It’s Christmas all over again!

Well, folks, he did it. His single Suit & Tie was just released and so far I’ve played it 5 times. Go here: http://countdown.justintimberlake.com/ to listen, download on iTunes and then dance around your kitchen.

Happy happy Monday!


For about 12 years now, reclusive and enigmatic Canadian singer-songwriter Hayden has been my number one, favourite musician of all time. His musical work spans two decades, and while he has a hardcore following, he is known for being hard to track down. Every now and then he’ll pop up with a new album or go on a tour, but mostly he keeps himself scarce. I’ve seen him live three times and met him twice. It was awesome.

So, imagine my surprise when yesterday, as I was perusing Twitter, I stumbled across his Twitter account. Wait, what? My Hayden? The one who prefers to quietly go about his career and life? Surely he can’t have a Twitter account. But then I found this written here:

Having spent nearly two decades creating uniquely affecting music defined by folk and rock flourishes, personal sentiment and a voice that channels Neil Young’s falsetto highs and the wavering, raspy lows of Leonard Cohen, Hayden now signs to Arts & Crafts for the release of his seventh full length and the opening of yet another chapter in his brilliant career.

Joining the Arts & Crafts team marks a new beginning for Hayden, who was inspired to return to writing and take his music career more seriously after being informed by a fan that his Wikipedia page listed him as as deceased.

“I was dead six months before anyone noticed,” the songwriter muses.

“Don’t get me wrong,” Hayden continues. “I’ve always taken the music extremely seriously, but I’ve definitely made a few promotional mis-steps. One example would be not doing a single show or interview for my last record. Yes, I put out a record in 2009.”

His Wikipedia page said he was DEAD? Don’t worry Hayden, I never thought you were dead. I am so happy, however, to read that he’s signed with Arts & Crafts (a fantastic Canadian label), will be putting out another album and will be taking the promotional aspect of his career more seriously. So, that explains the Twitter page. It’s true! It’s him! I’m finding it hard to truly express how happy this news makes me. His music is imprinted on my brain. It was etched in on those lonely first nights at RJC, or during those fun car rides with Kaelin from Camp Valaqua to wherever we were going.

He accompanied me on long bus trips to Winnipeg, he filled the many small and dilapidated rooms I lived in once I moved to Winnipeg. Basically he’s the soundtrack to my life. While I’m mostly very happy about this turn in the way he’s approaching his music career, I am also the teensiest bit sad – there was something really special about the fact that not many people knew about him (don’t get me wrong, he has a big following, but this change will only make him bigger). As silly as this sounds, he’s always felt like my little secret. Tucked away in my back pocket for when I need to listen. He’ll still be that for me – and now maybe he can be that for other people. Ok I’m ending this rambling…

Here are some songs to either introduce you to Hayden, or get re-acquainted with him.

{One time Theo asked me, ‘If you could pick one song to have on repeat for the rest of your life, which would it be?’ Answer: Dynamite Walls. Easy.

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I could just keep posting songs forever, so I’ll stop at three. Music to take you into the weekend…

Happy Friday!