I apologize for not updating lately, I’ve been having internet connection issues. Wireless high-speed internet is still a “new thing” in my neck of the woods. I kid not -this time last year I was still running on dial up…and I don’t plan on going back to it again!
So what have I been up to since my last post?
Muse at the Air Canada Center last year
So since I am a big lover of music, I am also a frequent concert-goer. I’ve seen many live performances by some of my favorite artists such as Pink Floyd, Bob Dylan, Meatloaf, Muse and even Spice Girls (to name a few!). I make it a goal to see as many concerts as I can every year. I even try to attend classical performances as often as possible. I’ve seen many performances by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and even a few youth orchestra concerts. One of my favorite classical concerts was when I saw the very talented classical pianist, Gabriela Montero in January at the Glenn Gould Studio. I suggest checking these Youtube links of her improvising Latin and classical music.
Italian singer, Toto Cutugno
I also enjoy seeing concerts which reflect my Croatian and Italian ethnicity. Two years ago, I saw a popular folk band from Croatia preform traditional dances and music at the Roy Thompson Hall. Last weekend, I also saw the very popular Italian singer, Toto Cutugno, preform at Casino Rama. I was probably the youngest person in the entire audience! Even though he’s incredibly before my time, you may have come across his worldwide hit song “L’Italiano” at one point. This concert was brought to Canada as a tribute to Italian Hertiage Month in Ontario. As part of this celebration, I will also be attending La Scala Chamber Orchestra from Milan at the Sony Centre for Preforming Arts next week. These kinds of concerts make me proud of my heritage and appreciate the different music from around the world.
One of my all time favorite concerts has to be when I saw one of my all time favorite bands, Supertramp, in Toronto this past Sunday. It was my first concert at the Molson Amphitheater and (in my opinion) one of the best concert venues I’ve experienced. It was nice to be in a semi-closed outdoor venue right next to Lake Ontario. I didn’t realize I had fourth row center seats until I got to the concert…best surprise ever! The seats were amazing because being so close to the stage made me feel more apart of the show than just a spectator. It was easy too forget that there were literally thousands of people sitting behind me the entire time!
Up close with Supertramp at the Molson Ampitheater this past Sunday
Since I’ve listened to Supertramp my entire life and because they’ve inspired me the most as a writer and musician, the concert was very personal to me. It was amazing to watch the saxophonist, John Helliwell, play live right before my eyes. He’s the reason I took up saxophone in the first place. It was also amazing to finally hear the voice and piano style of Rick Davies live too. I didn’t think it was possible to have more appreciation for Supertramp, but I do now after seeing them in concert. The only thing this show lacked was my favorite member, Rodger Hodgson. For those of you who don’t recognize the name, please take a peek at my favorite song he wrote. He’s the one who inspired me to play 12-string guitar. I did, however, get a chance to see him solo on New Years at Niagara Falls two years ago. Despite the fact he was playing solo, it was one of the most touching concerts I’ve ever seen. Broken up or together, Supertramp has greatly influenced me musically throughout my whole life.
So as you can see, I absolutely love concerts!
Aurora Street Festival
Aurora Street Festival
Last weekend, I went to the Annual Aurora Street Festival. I’ve lived in the area for nearly fifteen years and never once attended the festival. I was excited to go because this year was my very first time and it was a beautiful day outside! This festival closes one section of Yonge Street in Aurora and includes food, live entertainment and over 500 vendors -I personally enjoyed the free samples and coupons though. One of my sponsors, Nature’s Emporium, had their own booth too! Whenever my friends went during previous years, they always bought something unique and cool. I decided to make it a priority to keep an eye out for something like that. Since I don’t have much jewelry I purchased (in my opinion) two super cute necklaces; of of an owl and one of a peacock! We also bought a portrait of Elvis for my little Matthew since he’s had an obsession with him recently.
Wedding Gowns, Pageant Gowns
I don’t think I’ve mentioned before that my oldest sister, Marina, is getting married this September. As the oldest of this generation in my family, she’s the first one to get married so it’s very exciting for everybody. It’s the first time that I get to be a bridesmaid too! There’s been a lot of planning and the date is approaching quickly! The most important part of the whole wedding for the bride is (of course) the wedding dress. I love dresses and dress shopping so this is my favorite part as well. On Monday, my sister had her first fitting for her gorgeous wedding gown. She’s setting the bar high as the first sister getting married -I don’t know how I’ll ever top her dress when it’s my turn to find one! I’m resisting the urge to post a photo of her dress, but I don’t want her hubby-to-be seeing this blog post and giving them bad luck!
On Monday, I went to Shahani Couture for another pageant dress fitting. I thought after three fittings I’d finally be able to take my pageant gown home from the store, but the seamstress insisted on altering it a bit more. My evening gown is also probably the most exciting part of the whole pageant for me! I’m totally in love with my gown and I couldn’t possibly imagine a better one for the pageant. I’m so excited to wear it at nationals -which is coming up so soon!
I’ll be honest with you, as July 9th is approaching quickly, I’m starting to feel a little tiny stress coming on here. I still have much to do to prepare for nationals and the clock is ticking! However, I know despite any stress, it’s all going to be worth it in the end. The opportunity to be in Miss Teen Canada is a huge honor and I’m enjoying every minute of it. I love the anticipation because I know the week of touring with the other 75 girls is going to awesome.
Stay posted because I’ll be taking you on a little tour of King Township Next week!
Until next time!