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Edinburgh visit – March + Roisin’s EP Launch

May 2, 2013

Hello again,

Continuing along… the next notable thing that I did with my life was head to Edinburgh two weeks after Roisin’s departure to support her for her EP Launch and fill up on all the UK things that one requires once they know that they exist. Like… getting an entirely new wardrobe of sassy clothes for about £100 from Primark. (I must have spent about 8 hours in there.) Load up on cheap hair dye, Boots’ nice quality cotton make up remover pads, Bonjour Paris eyeliner that I’ve made my staple, and of course delicious burritos, haggis and smoothies.

My whole travel scenario was a bit of a mess… I took a bus 6 hours from Montreal to Toronto- hopped on a plane to Manchester, missed my bus due to a delay- then I had to grab a train from the airport to Edinburgh. Then I finally met Roisin! and then we went and did necessary and slightly un-fun things like getting our eyebrows threaded and picking up all the necessary items from Boots. Then we went back to Roisin’s place and waited for the arrival of one of my favourite people – Mr. Scott Midson- to come join us, also arriving from Machester.

That night we went out for burritos at Illegal Jack’s nom nom nom and decided that evening to dye my hair blonde and then this mango colour that I’ve been swooning over for about 5 years. It turned out fantastique!

The next morning we all went and got piercings (me- rook, Roisin- nose, Scott- forward helix) before coffee and more chit chats, a haircut and then heading to Glasgow that evening for a gig that Roisin was playing with her producer and multi instrumentalist pal Lewis as a lead up to her EP Launch later that week. I also must note here that if you’re ever in Edinburgh and feelin’ an itch for a new piece of jewelry head to Tribe Tattoo and see George. He’s the bloody bee’s knees. I’ve had two piercings done with him and both have healed extremely well.

Another thing to note is that Lucy at Sassoon is the best hairdresser ever. Ever. Ever, ever, ever. I honestly think I’ll continue to travel to Scotland to make sure that no one else touches my tresses- my only exception would be if they are also Sassoon trained. This haircut in particular I think is my favourite… of all my life. And that’s such a nice feeling.

So Roisin was playing The Roxy that night with Erin Todd and Rosie Bans who were delightful. We got to have a sneak peek at some of the tunes that were going to be played at the launch and hear some fantastic music from the other ladies. The video below is one that Scott took of 14.

The next morning we had to say good bye to Scott but we had breakfast at my old work Hula before parting ways so Roisin could practice and I could head to Primark… forever. And never leave.

I ate all the haggis that evening once Roisin persuaded me to leave the store and just chilled out as the EP launch was the very next day.

We kinda had to make the EPs the next morning prior to the show so we made a necessary trip to Lewis’ to get things sorted. Then we got gussied up. Yes, gussied, before making our way to The Wee Red Bar.

Another one of my favourite people- and “mother” of Roisin Hannah O’Reilly opened the show, followed by the incredible Donna Maciocia. I’d never seen her live so that was indeed a treat. Then Roisin took the stage and I was overcome with the proudest “HOLY SHIT THAT’S MAH GIRLFRIEND” feeling ever. She’s so bloody fancy.

For better photos than my shitty horrible ones of the show you can head here.

The rest of my time was pretty much a blur of Los Cardos burritos, coffee, Hula, a fry up and tears … before heading to Manchester to spend a brief evening with Scott before he literally threw me into the train heading to the airport (I would have missed it otherwise heh) and I was on my way back to Montreal… alone… where I would spend about 66 days (not that I’m counting) on my own. *sob*

The happy ending here is duty free of course. I fahking love the duty free store.



Tegan & Sara @Metropolis Montreal, QC December 16th, 2012

April 23, 2013

I’d taken the opportunity on several occasions to remind friends and family how big of a travesty it was that I’d not seen a proper Tegan and Sara concert. My absolute inability to get my shit together- to just bloody see a show- had gone past mere coincidence into ridiculous territory years prior.

I had weddings, funerals, exams, flights- any kind of engagement that you literally could not work around or get out of, on many nights that they were in town playing a gig. So I just kept thinking- “next time…”.

I said “next time” for literally almost 10 years, it luckily never crossed a full decade…
I waited for the next time as they eventually trumped all the music I listened to and became my official favourite, as I played albums so excessively at a previous job that they banned anything prior to ‘The Con’ :(

Finally I got my chance in 2010 at Glastonbury.

To see a Canadian band live, I had to be in England.

I knew it wouldn’t be a full concert experience as it was a festival but I was more than happy to be in attendance. It was a pretty incredible 30 minutes. My highlight of the whole festival.

In the fall after returning to Canada I started to hear the rumblings of a new album approaching. That album was Heartthrob and it meant a tour. Because Roisin is lovely and clearly the best bear, she purchased some tickets for us to attend their December show in Montreal as my Christmas gift, and oohhhhh the best gift he was. We got to hear Heartthrob tunes before the album even came out and enjoy some classics.

The Setlist

I’m Not Your Hero
Back In Your Head
The Con
Walking With A Ghost
So Jealous
Where Does The Good Go
I Was A Fool
Now I’m All Messed Up
Living Room
Feel It In My Bones

Dark Come Soon
Not Tonight
Call It Off
Body Work

I took quite a few videos but you can actually watch higher quality and better clips from the show over at “wojo4hitz”‘s YouTube Channel.

And now I’ve also acquired VIP tickets to see them again this July for the full fledged Heartthrob concert experience. Exciting times.


Hanson @ The HMV Picture House- November 25th

January 9, 2012

This may seem amusing to some but I’m a big time Hanson fan- have been since I was a tween thus when they came to Edinburgh in November I got myself a ticket.

This was my third Hanson concert- the first I forgot my camera, the second… I forgot my camera… the third… I fahhhking forgot my camera. *sob*. I was able to take some videos and a few mediocre photos with my phone… but yeah- we’ll try to remember this for next time yes? Yes.

The best part about this gig was the fact that they’d never ever played Edinburgh before so they played all of the songs. All of them. There wasn’t a tune that I wanted to hear that they didn’t play. Not to mention um… I got to shake Taylor Hanson’s hand after the show. I touched him dudes. TAYLOR. HANSON. (The 14 year old Kayla fainted over this and possibly died.)

Moving along- my mediocre photos:

Hoooray for Tay!

Another really hip thing about this gig was the fact that Meiko was opening. I have dug her tunes for AGES but she tours very rarely- at least at this point that was the case for the cities I’ve lived in. So for her to be opening and for that to be a surprise it indeed felt as if Christmas had come early. She is AHMAZING.

Little clip of “Boys with Girlfriends”-

I took a few decent videos- This is Zac singing “Use Me Up”

Taylor singing “With You In Your Dreams”… *sob*

And a clip from them singing “Madeline”

They are so good live. I am stoked for a future concert where I finally remember my camera…