It has been a long week for both Kayley and I, moving is one of those things that wears you to the bone (If you weren’t aware, we have moved to my parents place in Ajax for the next little while to aid in saving up for our Van Expedition). Boxes have been packed, unpacked, packed, moved, dropped, drove hundreds of kilometres, our stuff brought down and up multiple stairs, a million errands have been run, it is fair to say stress levels were mighty high. I believe a night to ourselves in the big city was deserved.
One of my favourite bands, La Luz (An all female Surf Punk-Rock group from Seattle) was playing at Adelaide Hall, so it gave us an excuse to head downtown.
Luckily both my parents are highly experienced Toronto explorers, meaning they were able to help find us some central and thankfully cheap parking. Off we went down the gnarly 401, arriving at the parking garage around 5pm, having the doors to the concert not opening till 8pm, some city adventuring was needed to kill the time. Since Kayley is a newbie to TO, and all the restaurant and pubs were packed full due to the Blue Jays game happening that night (the team is good now, so people actually care about baseball again), I took her down to the Harbour Front to take in some of the awesome views the city has to offer.
We sat down at the water-side, people watched, witnessed planes take off from Toronto Island and saw ships come in and out of the harbour, leaving Kayley amazed and confused in a multitude of different ways. Toronto is one of those places where so many things are going on at once and it’s hard for us outdoor folk to take it all in with a perfect understanding, I always find it crazy how people can become content with such a lifestyle.
I forgot to mention that is was possibly 1000’C that day, being sweaty was accepted pretty quickly. We walked around different sections of the water-front for a while trying to kill some more time, waiting for all the Jay’s fans to head to the Rogers Centre for gametime. As 6:15pm rolled around, the nasty smell of lake water, the hunger for food and the thirst for beer forced us to head back towards Front Street. Kayley really wanted to go to the Loose Moose, an amazing bar we had previously been at last summer with some friends (I’ll explain why she wanted to go there so bad in just a second). Once we arrived on Front Street, walking the opposite way of the Rogers Centre, I have personally never seen this many people walking on either sides of the sidewalk in my life, there had to of been tens of thousands of fans heading towards the Stadium, with Kay and I being the only ones walking the other way, I wish I had snapped some pictures, as a hip person would say, That Shit Was Cray.
We were seated at the Moose just as all the fans were leaving, the placed turned into a ghost town in matters of minutes….better for us haha. I ordered a growler of this Hawaiian Style Ale which was rad and she went with her go to Caesar, and munched on the cheesiest bean dip I’ve ever had. But we were stoked!
Before heading to the venue, I had to order the one thing Kay had been talking about the moment we arrived in the city, that being these desert donuts they make in-house at the bar, covered in brown sugar, bacon bits, and caramel, fuck are they good!
I paid the bill, it was 8pm and we were hyped for the music ahead. We walked the minimal blocks to Adelaide Hall, waited for the sound check to finish up (while waiting outside, Kayley is convinced she saw a couple dispose of human remains, but that’s a story for another time). In we went, being one of the first people to arrive we snagged a solid spot and hung out till the opening band took the stage.
Vallens started off the night, a female led band, having this rough new-age punk sound, slashy guitar, quick drum beat, they for sure had everyone wanting more as they finished their set. At this point, the venue had begin to pack in with a variety of people, I sometimes forget Toronto holds a wide group of styles. Next up was Michael Rault, a cool group of dudes with this old school, very The Kinks-esque sound, they are one of those bands that you would want to open for your band because they get everyone so pumped with their energy. I would easily pay to see these dudes on their own!
Finally, the band I had been waiting for, La Luz. I had originally found out about this rad group of girls while watching a snowboard edit (Usually where I discover all new music), their surf inspired sound really attracted me and I never looked back. I’ve listen to them every day since, and with the introduction of their new album, Weirdo Shrine, last month, which offers songs that are more punk influenced, I was amped to hear the songs live! They took the stage and owned it, their sound was crisp, they were active, got Kayley and I dancing, singing along, and a perma-smile from cheek to cheek. I was even luckily enough to hear all my favourite songs (It’s Alive, With Davey, Sure As Spring and Sleep Till They Die). It felt like their set flew by and I didn’t want it to end, but we will for sure be paying to see them again, easily one of the best acts I’ve witnessed.
With our ears ringing, feet sore, but very satisfied, it was time to head home. We’re both currently not working so getting home late was no issue, and I did get us lost a couple times trying to find the correct streets (Isn’t getting lost part of the fun?!?!), finally finding the right route, down the 401 I drove, and the minute our heads hit the pillow we were asleep, awesome nights will do that to ya.