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Festival Posts

The one thing I think I miss the most about the blog entries I’ve lost is how I had descriptions of so many of the different events I’ve been to over the years. I had blogged about concerts, festivals, and special celebrity visits. When I lived in Halifax it was so easy to go to festivals because everything was so close I could practically walk to them. Now that I’m in Edmonton it’s a little more difficult, although not impossible.

This month I was able to attend three events (so far). The first was called Sand on Whyte. In the winter I had gone to an event called Ice on Whyte which you may have seen pictures from before I lost my blog posts. It’s a festival where artists made carvings out of Ice. Sand on Whyte was the a similar event but using sand instead of ice. Three of the artists for Ice on Whyte were also the artists for the sand sculptures. I believe this was the first year for the sand sculptures and it was small compared to the winter festival. I wouldn’t really even call it an event because it was just about 5 sand sculptures in a parking lot. But they were really well done. Hopefully next year they will expand and make it better because it felt like something they just threw together this year.

The next event I went to was the K-Days parade. I went to this event last year as well, both times by myself. It’s my favorite parade in Edmonton so far. I noticed this year’s parade was very similar to last year so it’s not one you really have to attend every year. What I like the most about this parade are the balloon floats. That’s not something we had in Halifax so it is a new experience for me. Every year they have a Kermit balloon that always gets stuck going under the pedways which I think is so funny. You would think they would try to find a new location so this doesn’t happen, but they don’t. I think next time I go to the parade I will try and find a spot where Kermit doesn’t have to duck.

On Saturday I got to go to K-days which is a carnival. They have midway rides, concerts, food, and more. I wanted to go last year but it was right after I became single and had no one to go with. This year I went with my boyfriend who doesn’t like to go on rides. On the one hand, that’s a good thing because I am not forced to go on any of the really scary rides (I hate being upside down). But it feels like a waste of money for me to go to the fair and not go on any of the rides. When I was young my friends and I would buy a bracelet so we could go on as many rides as we wanted all day long. This time I was able to get my boyfriend to go on a few of the rides that I wanted to go on. We went on the big Ferris Wheel, Cliff Hanger (I never saw this one before!), Tilt-a-Whirl, and the Flume Ride. I think those were the only rides I really wanted to go on anyway. All the rest were either too tame or too scary haha. At the end of the night we got to see Carly Rae Jepsen in concert.

Next month there are a bunch of festivals I would like to attend. First is the Servus Heritage Festival from Aug 3 -5 which “will feature 60 pavilions representing over eighty-five cultures from all over the world. Sample culinary delicacies, see creative performances, shop for crafts, artwork, and clothing, or chat with people eager to tell you a little about their cultural roots and their present-day communities in Canada.” I missed it last year because of my adventure in Seattle.

August 10th is the Caribbean Parade (I love attending parades lol).

August 15-25 is the Fringe Festival which I know I went to last year but I can’t remember what it’s all about so I will go again this year.

All Time Low at Union Hall

All Time Low Concert

I went to see All Time Low in concert last night. They did a great job! I really didn’t like the opening act “Fireworks” though. Four out of six of the band members were out of shape and I really didn’t come out in the cold to see a bunch of overweight guys jumping around on stage. I’m sorry. And I also didn’t like the way the lead singer handled himself when one of the audience members was pulled out of the crowd. I didn’t see what happened, but to call that much attention to something and to say they were embarrassed that it would happen? I felt like it was very rude, personally. Also, I hate it when bands tell the crowd to start a circle or a mosh pit. For the majority of the audience, it is really not pleasant. The only people having fun are the people participating in the mosh, and honestly, if they are busy pushing each other around, they are no longer paying attention to the band so why would you want to encourage that? I don’t get it.

I don’t think the crowd was really feeling Fireworks for the most part. A lot of the crowd didn’t know them and not many people were jumping around, which you could tell irritated the lead singer a lot. I thought, maybe this crowd is just more laid back and you’re not going to get a whole lot out of them. But then a funny thing happened. In between bands they would play recorded music through the speakers and a “Blink 182” song came on and the whole crowd started singing along to it. They were more into the songs in between acts than they were in the first live band. I felt a little sorry for the first band, but not really since they had rubbed me the wrong way.

Fireworks All Time Low

Then came All Time Low. I only started listening to them recently but I knew all the songs that they played and even sang along to a few of them (I tend not to sing in public). Now, every now and then I will go to a concert and feel like the singer is looking at me. I felt this way with Alex tonight. I really should have worn my glasses so I could tell if he ACTUALLY was looking at me haha. It makes me wonder what the band members do really look at and how far can they actually see when they have all those lights shining in their faces. Regardless to whether he was looking at me or not, it still makes me feel special when I feel like the singer focuses their attention on me. So even if he couldn’t ACTUALLY see me I will hold on to that feeling I get thinking they can.

I really enjoy their song If These Sheets Were The States which they played tonight. That is one of my favorite songs by them and I’m glad I got to hear it live. If you don’t know the song, I posted it below for you to hear. The only thing that would have made the concert perfect for me would have been if they played my other favorite song by them called Break Your Little Heart. I liked how they decided to omit the encore non-sense. I don’t know when bands started doing that, but it’s really annoying. So good choice on just continuing to play instead of taking the unnecessary break. All in all, it was a great show. Yellowcard was supposed to be playing at this concert as well, but the singer got a sore throat and had to cancel which was unfortunate. But even without Yellowcard, All Time Low made the show completely worth going to.