Life Through a Lens!

Hi everyone,

I’m back again with another photography post! I’ve been working very hard, studying photography to improve my art. I’ve put together this post to show some of my recent work. I hope you all enjoy these photos!

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Distillery District, Toronto

  

St. Nathan Phillips Square

 

Humber River


  

Steel Bridge in Portland, Oregon

 

That anticipation of going somewhere new!

 

Yorkville, Toronto

I hope you all enjoyed these photos, let me know which one stood out to you.

Thanks for reading and see you soon!

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Lindsey Stirling, Brave Enough Tour 2016

Hello everyone,

It’s been a while, my apologies for keeping you waiting but I have a brand new post for you so I hope that makes up for the wait 🙂

For those of you who are new to my blog I am not a professional music critic. Simply love music so much that I want to write my thoughts and opinions about albums, songs, and performances. So that’s exactly what I’m going to be doing today I will talk to you guys about the Lindsey Stirling performance I saw this Tuesday. Lindsey Stirling is one of the most innovative and creative violinist of our time. This may sound like an exaggeration, but go on over to her YouTube channel and you will be blown away by her talent.

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Lindsey Stirling, Brave Enough, album cover.

Before I get into the good stuff, I want to give you guys a brief background information about Lindsey. Lindsey Stirling was born on September 21, 1986 she is an electronic classical performance artist. She combines both genres of music and dances while playing the violin, as you can imagine it takes a lot of stamina to be able to do that but she makes it look so effortless. Lindsey decided in 2010 to appear on America’s Got Talent, but she got voted off further into the show and was told she wouldn’t be able to sell out any shows with this kind of music. She then took her music YouTube, cinematographer David Gray reached out to Lindsey in hopes of collaborating on a YouTube video together. From there her music started to take off and slowly she gain more following. She has released three albums and her first release was her self-titled album Lindsey Stirling. She has performed with many amazing singers such as Celine Dion, and she won a Billboard Award for Top Dance Electronic album. Do I need to say more, she is quite amazing!

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Lindsey Stirling, along side Celine Dion at the 2016 Billboard Awards!

I’m going to give you a breakdown of what the concert was like and what to expect if you are attending her. The concert began with Shawn Hook as the opening act, who is also a fellow Canadian. He has performed with Elton John, so he is someone to look out for in the future. If I can recall correctly, he performed about 4-5 songs, including his famous single, “Sound of Your Heart”. He had great vocals, very clear and not auto-tuned at all and his piano skills were on point. The show began at 8:00pm, Shawn performed until 8:30pm and then we had a half an hour intermission.

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At 9 o’clock, the star of the night appeared on stage, she performed her song “Pheonix” and it was an electrifying introduction. The stage looked incredible, three screens were set up and on top the Brave Enough logo could be seen.

The costumes and stage effects were quite impressive, in front of the main stage there was a net-like looking screen that was brought down. On that screen special effects were projected, such as leaves falling down or the effects of rain. It was definitely a very unique visual experience. Seeing Lindsey perform on stage you can see she definitely has the charisma and the energy to keep the audience engaged. She loves what she does for a living and this is her passion. The skill of dancing and playing the violin at the same time can be a very hard but she manages to pull it off very well. Lindsey Stirling is a very down to earth person who engaged with the audience and had conversations with them. She put together a little skit that supposedly was filmed backstage, it was quite funny and we were all laughing. Lindsey along with her drummer and guitar player, came out onstage with child sized music instruments and played a song or two. That just goes to show even with a child’s toy she can still pull it off.

After the skit Lindsey took the time to talk about one of her crew members, Gavi, who passed away of cancer. She talked about how hard it was for her to deal with this loss and how she’s overcoming it. She performed a tribute song for Gavi with a special video montage she put together of him. After this tribute performance, Lindsey talked about a song that Gavi and her started writing together before he passed away. They couldn’t finish it so she said that she worked very hard and she felt that she had Gavi’s support from up above to finish the song. It was very touching performance. Afterwards, Lindsay changed costumes and played a few more songs before ending the show. When she performed her song, “Arena”, she talked about the adversity she faced when she was told that she will not be able to make it as a musician. Her positive message to anyone in the audience who had any special talents was never to give up and never to let anyone tell them that they cannot do it. Instead she said to use it as a way to get back up there and fight for what you are born to do. It was such a great message and it really hits close to home for me personally, because I have lots of aspirations and dreams for the entertainment industry. After she left the stage everybody were yelling encore, encore, we all wanted to see her back on stage and she came back for one final performance of “Roundtable Rival”.

What am I going take away from this concert experience? I have learned that being persistent to chase your dreams is vital. Never give up, Lindsey didn’t and now she is a star. Make sure you visit her YouTube channel, you are in for a treat!

Thanks for reading and see you soon!

 

Music Monday! F(x) – All Mine

Wow, it’s been a while since I’ve posted on this blog. Life for me has been very busy lately, because I recently returned from a trip to the West Coast.

It was one of the best trips I’ve ever had and it was a much needed one too. My friend and I went on a road trip to Portland, Oregon and Seattle, Washington. You bet there was a lot of music playing in the car to keep us entertained.

Today I want to share one of my favorite songs from the road trip, of course it’s a Kpop song. The Korean pop group, F(x) released their single “All Mine” on July 22, 2016.

The music video was produced and edited by fellow group member, Amber. The music video features all four member holding a camera on their own, at an individual setting. The music video feels more intimate and down to Earth, without the high-end production value. Nowadays, that’s more to my liking because it feels more natural and simple.
The song is a funky EDM inspired track, which is part of SM Entertainment’s new feature, SM Station. SM Station releases more EDM inspired tracks, and as a EDM fan this is a major A+ in my books. “All Mine” is wonderful song with a cheerful upbeat tune, that’ll make get up and dance. This is officially my summer song of 2016!

What’s yours? Tell me in the comments box below and don’t forget to tell me if you like this song 🙂

Thank you for stopping by my blog, make sure you go to visit my lifestyle blog to read about my travelling adventures.

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See you soon with a much anticipated photography post!

Life Through a Lens!

Hello everyone,

Today I wanted to share a few of my newest photography, I will have more for you next month because I’m going on vacation.

For now, please enjoy these photos 🙂

   
    
    
    
   
Thank you so much for stopping by and I hope you all are having a wonderful day!

See you soon!

Scarborough Bluff Park! Your mini gateway from the city.

Who says you need to travel far to go on vacation, if you take the time to explore, you will find some amazing spots near Toronto.

Yesterday, I had the opportunity to go down to Scarborough Bluff Park with a friend to do some hiking. The scenery and the overall dynamic of this small sanctuary near our city was stunning. The best way to travel to the park is with a car because it is faster and convenient, but the TTC (bus 12) is an option too.

While I was there I made sure to capture the beauty of the nature, the beach and overall dynamic of the park. Luckily it was sunny day, and there were many people enjoying the beauty of the park.

Enjoy the photos and let me know if you’ve been to Scarborough Bluff Park!


  
  
  
  
  

See you soon!

Note: Please be advised that my photos are copyrighted with a watermark. Thank you 🙂

Friday Funday! 40 music questions tag.

Hello everyone,

Hooray, Friday Funday is back! I am actually legitimately excited to have one of my original segments back on my blog.

I think it’s time for you guys to get to know more about my music likes and dislikes. I can’t recall if I wrote a post like this already, but if I did, this one might be slightly different.

Let’s begin answering this fun  music question tag! Enjoy.

The Music Tag
1. Do you have any fan merchandise that is unusual?
What defines unusual merchandise? I would like to know if you guys have any unusual merchandise, as for me, no I do not. I usually purchase T-shirts, mugs or posters!

2.Which was your first album worth mentioning?
I am torn between “Baby One More Time” by Britney Spears and “The Writings On The Wall” by Destiny’s Child. I can’t recall which one I got first, but I do remember it was an audio cassette album. Remember those? 🙂

3.When was your first concert? (Age)
My first concert was in 2009, I was 20 years old and I went to the Britney Spears’s Circus Tour.

4.Have you been to festivals?
Yes, I’ve been to the Beaches Jazz festival and it was so much fun. You can’t go wrong with food, live music and the view of Lake Ontario.

5.Ever considered to join a fan club? Which one?
No.

6.Which song was the discovering of a whole new genre for you?
It was “Every Heart” by BoA. BoA is a Korean Pop star who sings in Japan too, her Japanese song “Every Heart” introduced me to the world of Jpop.

7.What do you think about TV and Movie Soundtracks?
I love them, it adds character to the movie or TV show. Happy, sad, and suspenseful instrumentals make a TV or film scene more exciting.

8.Do you choose particular albums depending on the mood?
Not albums, but I pick songs according to my mood.

9.Ever made a mixed CD?
Yes, I made a mixed CD for my home when I am cooking deliciousness in the kitchen and as a birthday gift for my mom. She is a big Beatles and Queen fan!

10.Have you ever met a singer or band member personally? Were you impressed?
No, but I want to meet Britney Spears one day. If I had to pick any musician, it would be her. Also in 2009 when I attended the MMVAs, I saw Lady Gaga who was very close to the stage. At moment I realized, she is not actually that tall.

11.The old days of music were the better ones. Do you agree?
Every decade has it’s pros and cons, so I can’t say the old days of music were better. However, I have to admit that nowadays, music is not very original. Most artists do not compose or write their own music, and sometimes it sounds very unoriginal. I’m getting the impression that anyone can have a music career in this day and age because of auto-tune and computer effects added to disguise bad vocals. That being said, there are a lot of artists who still compose and write their own music. My favorite decade for music are the 90s, 80s and 70s.

12.Have you ever seen a band live and regretted it? Which one?
Never, I always make sure I buy tickets for bands that will be worth my money.

13.Would you be upset if your taste of music becomes mainstream?
No, because I’ve always listened to mainstream music, but now I am listening to more indie music than before. Mainstream music has become a bit plain for me.

14.Have a ever covered a song and recorded it? Which one?
Yes, many times but I’ve never published it anywhere online. Maybe one day 🙂

15.Have you ever quoted lyrics and why?
Yes, because they describe a certain emotion or situation. You can express yourself so well through music, that’s why appreciate authentic lyrics that are written from the heart.

16.Craziest place to listen to music?
EDM festivals, I love EDM but I wouldn’t go because I cannot stand big crowds of people.

17.Do you think you’re listening to very loud music i.e. with your MP3-Player?
I always blast my music, whether I’m listening to it with headphones or on my computer. My hearing might be impaired one day, but let’s hope I get lucky and have good hearing for a long time.

18.Do you have a song as a ringtone?
No.

19 .Which CD Cover has the most beautiful Artwork?

That is not an easy question, but here it goes. Keep in mind this is the most recent one I’ve seen and I am not disregarding other outstanding CD cover artworks.

ZEDD’s album cover for “True Colors” really captured my attention. To me, the explosion of colors symbolizes what it feels like when you listen to EDM. It can be electrifying! I love the blend of colors and how they represent a tree.

20.In your opinion, who does the best stage show?
That is an impossible question to answer, but I’m going to pick my top three favorites.

  • Michael Jackson! That man knew how to put on a show, he made the crowds go crazy with his dancing, flashy attire and singing, with his signature, “ihiii”.
  • Britney Spears! I don’t care what anyone says, she slayed back in the day and she proved it to us at the 2016 BBMAs, that she has still got it.
  • Janet Jackson! I saw her perform last year, 49 years old and this an amazing performers with great energy on that stage. True talent.

Honorable mentions: QUEEN, Celine Dion, David Bowie, Madonna, Prince, Beyonce, Elvis Presley, P!nk (she has become creative with her performances) and many more.

21.Do you prefer a chronological order or alphabetical or both of your CDs?
I prefer chronological order.

22.Do you think the leader of the band has to be attractive in order to be famous?
No, it’s not about the person’s outer appearance, it has be about the art. I think that’s the problem with Hollywood nowadays, you have to be pretty to become famous, even if you may be talent-less. Music is supposed to be about the art!

23.Do you like to observe changes of music style of your favorite band?
In the past it was something that I didn’t like, but as I’ve gotten older I want to see artists evolve and try different styles.

 

24.Is there any artist that you like who is more than a musician i.e actor?
Yes, it’s Jennifer Lopez. I love her music and her movies!

25. The saddest love song is…?
Every time I listen to “Unbreak My Heart” by Toni Braxton, it brings tears to my eyes.

26.Do you concentrate on listening or are you doing something else while listening to music? If so, what?
If I am on the bus, I concentrate on my music. If I’m at home and I have music playing in the background, I usually browse the web, write blog posts or read a book.

27. Do you listen more to music with English lyrics or lyrics in your first language?
I barely listen to Bulgarian music, but I do listen to a lot of Jpop and Kpop, along with American music.

28.The most overrated artist this year was….?
Well, the year is not over yet, but if I had to pick someone from other years, it would be The Jonas Brothers. They had catchy pop songs, but overall it wasn’t anything special.

 

29.What’s your opinion on musicals and dance movies?
I absolutely love them, I am a bigger fan of dance movies, but musicals are cool too.

30.Do you play an instrument?
I own a guitar and an electric keyboard, but right now I’m learning how to play the piano.

31.Does a good band need a good video? Do have a favorite video?
Not necessarily, but good visuals and a good video can attract more fans more. It doesn’t have to be anything over the top, it can simple, but still engage a larger audience. Of course, the music is number one to create a big fanbase.

32.Would you get tattoo of your favorite band? Which one?
No.

33.What do you use to find new music? Internet(e.g. Lastfm, myspace), friend , shop..?
Myspace? Who is still using that website? Anyway, I find music through YouTube, I also use my app Shazam to discover new songs when I’m on the go and through Facebook.

34. What is your latest music discovery?
I’ve always been a fan of classical music, but this year I discovered Canadian classical music. It is lovely and it deserves more recognition.

35. What is your favorite music genre?
My top two favorite music genres are rock and pop! The rest are classical music, blues, swing music, soul, EDM, Indie, techno, jazz and so much more.

36. What is your least favorite music genre?
Country music, although I have some country songs that I like, it is not a genre I have in my music collection.

37. Do you still buy CDs?
Yes, I do and I don’t think I’ll ever stop.

38. Do you own any music merchandise that no one uses anymore?
Yes, I have two CD players and my Walkman from 1998. I am sentimental and I hold on to these items.

39. What is your favorite movie soundtrack?
Definitely, the Lion King.

40. What do you love about music?
I don’t know where to begin, I can talk about this for hours. Music is like oxygen for me, I can’t go on a day without listening to music. I need to be around it all the time, it gives energy and I love the endless choice of music genres. Music has an universal language and you can express so much emotion. Music is the best thing in the world!

Thank you so much for reading, I hope you enjoyed this post.

I’ll see you all soon and have a great weekend!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Doors Open Toronto!

Hello everyone,

Today I want to talk about an event that’s happening every year in Toronto!

Doors Open is an exciting event that brings hundreds people out in the city. About 150 buildings of architectural, historic, cultural and social importance open their doors to the public for free. You can visit places such as Old City Hall, museums,  TV broadcast organizations and much more.

  
I have been fortunate enough to volunteer for the Canadian Music Centre for a few months. This year our doors will be open again for visitors, so please stop by to learn more about the CMC. We will be open May 28 from 10am to 5pm, we are located at 20 St. Joseph Street. If you are a classical music fan, this place is for you.

We look forward to have you there! To see a complete list of places to visit, click on the link below.
See you soon!