Escaping the Desert: Toronto Trip for Death Cab for Cutie.
Hey guys! This week I thought we would take a quick break from Qatar, and discuss Canada. I figured you guys might be a little tired of the sandy desert and needed a little bit of colour. On June 20, 2019, my friend Liam and I went up to Toronto to see Death Cab for Cutie. We literally had no plans for the day. I picked him up and drove to the Go station. From Oshawa, we took the express train to Union station is Toronto. From there we had decided to get ice cream, dinner, then the show.
First stop, ice cream! From Union Station we did not want to walk very far because we knew, we’re pretty close to the venue and it would not be too expensive for a cab. I had found a video on Facebook recommending 10 different ice cream parlours in Toronto, most of which were quite far, except for Sweet Jesus. The Sweet Jesus we decided to go with, was on the first floor of the C. F. Eaton Centre, on Yonge St. Having looked at the Facebook video, I had a small idea of what to expect from this ice cream parlour. Liam, however, loved the name of the shop. Sweet Jesus has a wonderful aesthetic. I enjoyed all of the teal accents, and the teal neon sign. The cold delicious treat is the type that you really have to have a sweet tooth for. Personally, I did not find my “Krusty the Cone” too sweet, but Liam found his “Cookies Cookies Cookies and Cream” to be far too sweet. I only had one complaint once you got to the bottom, you lost all flavour. See when you first start eating the sundae you get all this flavour from the toppings, but once you reach the bottom all you really taste is just vanilla ice cream. It was a little disappointing. This did affect my overall opinion. I’d give it an 8 out of 10, as it was not the world’s best ice cream, the presentation was fantastic, but the bottom of the sundae was very boring.
After wandering the C.F. Eaton Centre, we decided to get something to eat. We both decided to go to Akashiro Japanese Restaurant and Bar located in the food court of the mall. I want to start by saying the presentation was amazing, however, serving sizes were much bigger than Liam or I had expected. The sushi and sashimi were delicious; however, the salad was unappetizing, and the miso soup was cold. Never in the 7 years I have been eating Japanese food, have I had cold miso soup. The tempura I had was quite good, except for the onion. The onion tempura was like biting into a warm raw onion. The gyoza was the best gyoza I had ever had. I liked that it was deep-fried, so it made it crispy almost on the outside. Liam tried the grilled salmon. He told me that it was quite good, but there were some parts of the salmon that was over cooked. Overall, I would give Akashiro a 6 of 10. The service was a bit slow, and the salad, soup, and onion tempura.
Finally, we arrived at the venue, RBC Echo Beach, around 6:30 as the gates opened. Liam and I wondered around the lot, and decided to buy a locker to keep our stuff safe while we were enjoying the show. The locker was a little costly from Locketgo, 16.46, but it was worth it as they have a charging station in their lockers. Once we got to the locker, we went straight to the stage. Our view was quite impressive. Outdoor concerts don’t have seating unless you bring your own lawn chair. We were about 3 people deep in the crowd. One thing you have to do when you do not buy the tickets (I learned this the hard way), check the venue, and check the weather, then dress accordingly.
The lineup was Jenny Lewis, then Death Cab for Cutie. Jenny was very good on stage, and some might say cute. She was really into the melody and she danced around the stage wonderfully. She just flowed with the music. Jenny showed so much passion in her songs just by the way she was singing and grooving, and personally I loved seeing that devotion to music.
As Death Cab for Cutie came on the crowd went wild. The lead singer, Ben Gibbard, was very lively. He danced around centre stage a lot. For me it was a little disappointing that he was only taking up centre stage, as being on other spots in the crowd sometimes it’s difficult for him to be seen. To be on stage, you need to take up the entire platform. Gibbard really focused on the centre stage, though his guitar and vocals were both very good, and the crowd just adored every song that they played.
Overall, I’d give the show a 7 of 10. Since I am not too heavy into the Indie Rock scene, I’m easing up on my criticism. The lighting was quite good, though I would have cautioned anyone with epilepsy as there is a part with lots of flickering lights turning on and off near the end of the show. The music and crowd were fantastic despite the rainy weather. Jenny Lewis was adorable and Death Cab for Cutie we fantastic in concert.
Thank you for reading about my quick trip to Toronto to see Death Cab for Cutie. Next week I will be discussing more about Qatar, so pack your sunglasses and be prepared for the forts and flat tires to come next Sunday!! Remember to read last week’s post so you know what’s happening on Sunday!
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