Concert Love: Green Day @ FirstOntario Centre – March 20, 2017

It's a special feeling when you're at a concert and the band is pouring their hearts out to the crowd by way of performing their music live. And the crowd... the crowd isn't just cheering and clapping. They are giving back to the band by singing every.single.word of their song back to them. 

Those moments at any concert gives me chills. My hair (not literally) stands up on end. Some have seen first hand how it can lead to tears streaming down my face as well. (I'm embarrassed every time, but I own it.) I can't help it! I become so overwhelmed by the emotion in the room. Or theatre. Or arena. Or stadium. 

For me, nothing compares to this feeling. 

Last night at the Green Day show, those chills were alive and well. I won't go into the details and give you a full break down review of the show. I will tell you that Jon and I could not believe that Billie Joe Armstrong is 45 years old and they have been doing this since 1986. He gave us so much of himself and had so much energy that WE felt spent at the end. (It was similar to watching a toddler run endlessly around a room and you become exhausted just watching said toddler.)

They sang the hits, they sang fan favourites, they had old school pyrotechnics, a light show and CONFETTI! They danced, told stories and commanded us to (happily) raise our hands and to sing along. They are extremely talented and so involved and the energy in the arena was purely electric as it radiated from the stage. 

The very best part of this show for us was the level of interaction Green Day had with the fans. Not only "tell us stories" sort of interaction. It was "fans on stage" sort of interaction that got us. I knew from seeing them in the past that they normally bring one person from the crowd up on stage with them, to sing and/or play an instrument. For this concert it wasn't one person on stage. THREE lucky fans lived the dream!

First there was a girl who sang along. Then later there was the guy who sang along. Lastly, there was Sofie. Sofie who played the guitar. She OWNED the guitar. I think all 18,000 people filling FirstOntario Centre were living vicariously through Sofie in that moment.

We've stitched together our video moments into a 2 minute montage of Sofie making her debut. Live her dream with her (and us) below. *Spoiler Alert* She gets to keep the guitar! 

(You were amazing, Sofie!)

Overall, I believe it may have been one of the best shows I've ever seen. (Right up there with my all-time favourites, Coldplay and Depeche Mode!)

As Billie Joe Armstrong sang to us in his final song;

"It's something unpredictable and in the end it's right, I hope you had the time of your life."

We really did Green Day, and thank you so much for it. 

Under the Sea – Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada

5.7 million litres of water, 16,000 species of marine animals with two very happy adults wandering around wide eyed with big smiles (and their cameras). 

(⬆︎ That was a description of Jon and I in Ripley's Aquarium of Canada.)

Who said you have to travel to tropical locales to get a peek at what swims beneath the sea? If you are in Toronto you don't have to splurge on the flight south, you can find almost every type of sea life imaginable right in the city, at Ripley's Aquarium! 

We took on the great task of conquering the Ripley's Aquarium as part of our CityPASS experience that we thrust on to ourselves. (For more information on the Toronto CityPASS, you can read our blog HERE.) We were NOT disappointed. And this wasn't even our first visit to the Aquarium!

Ripley's offers so much more than just "fish." It's an interactive experience. Education and Entertainment. With capital E's. 

Interactive with touch pools (I pet a hard shelled crab... it was hard. You can also pet a stingray or a shark, we passed). Education with dive shows. There are viewing "bubbles" where you can watch Nemo swim by feeling like you are swimming with him. Then there is the moving walkway that moves through North American's longest underwater viewing tunnel, as you watch the sharks swim around you. There's a kids play area, a cafeteria. But wait there's more - Friday Night Jazz on the second Friday of every month, they host birthday parties (for kids OR adults), yoga classes, Paint-Nites and SLEEPOVERS! Seriously, you can sleepover as a family, a group or a school trip for $99/person. For more information on the Aquarium and all that it offers, click HERE

Now immerse yourself in a thrilling underwater adventure with us:

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