In between rain showers.
We sloshed our way to our seats in our electric blue ponchos and laughed at the fact that we were sitting in the first row of seats that was not covered by the massive awning of the amphitheatre. But the elements really didn't matter much as Chantal Kreviazuk belted out beautiful music from behind her piano. Makeda and I were just getting warmed up! There was a quick break, some street meat, french fries, a battle with a ketchup dispenser and then Lights came on and played a great set. We met up with Deanna and Raquel who assisted Makeda in ringing out her flowing black skirt of rainwater.
Makeda rings the water out of her skirt and Deanna tries to catch it. I'm still not sure what she was going trying to catch it for.
The rain started to slow down a bit just in time for Makeda and I to enjoy a classy dessert.
The perfect outdoor concert dessert.
One very classy lady.
All of a sudden, the lights went down and the crowd went cRaZy for MARY J. BLIGE!!! I was freaking out when she sang U2's One and then I pretty much lost my mind when I heard the opening guitar rift to Stairway to Heaven proceeded by her singing the ENTIRE song as if it was hers to begin with. It felt like we were at a completely different show.
Raquel and Deanna before Mary J. Blige.
The *best* picture I was able to take of Mary J. Blige.
Raquel and Deanna after Mary J. Blige.
Makeda and I sans electric blue ponchos and blissed out with scratchy throats after singing along with Mary J. Blige.
Under an almost full moon, Sarah Mclachlan came out to close the show. Makeda and I were on our feet for all but one song and then sang our hearts out for Ice Cream. Someone captured that exact moment on youtube here. If you listen carefully you can hear Makeda and I.
Makeda in her happy place singing Ice Cream.
After the show - dry, frizzy and filled up on good music, Ring Pops and friendship.
I love my Toronto in the summer!