As I write this post, it is the day after The Weeknd concert in Toronto and I am taking the train en route back to Ottawa. Back in early July, the day tickets went on sale, Harris and I decided with complete certainty that we were going to make this concert happen and attend together. And I am really happy we made the executive decision to do. At the time we were not sure where each of us were going to be, but knew we would reunite at the concert :).
So picture this: a rainy, cold and slightly windy night. Throngs of people standing every which way to try and catch a glimpse of the stage. The inevitable smell of weed (to be expected at almost any hip hop concert) And being in one of the best cities in the world: Toronto. The awesome coincidence that the main act is performing in his hometown. Last but not least, the energy of the crowd is insanely high and awesome.
The Weeknd is one amazingly talented artist. He sounds exactly the same on his album recordings as he does live. And we all know a lot of artists can not pull this off. This was not my first time seeing him, rather it was my third. He wore a combat style vest, and black clothing and didn’t have any costume changes throughout the show. His stage set was simple and unelaborate. To be fair, the Molson Ampitheatre probably does not have the capacity for big theatrical set ups. The ambience of his performances were all dark, and almost eerie. Creative and artsy images displayed as backdrops on the stage. Images mostly of women floated across in the background; women in bondage type settings to women performing ballet routines. The Weeknd played his proven and proclaimed hits including: Wanderlust, High for This, Wicked Games, his cover of Beyonce’s Drunk in Love and some new hits off of his newest album “King of the Fall”. He had the crowd singing along with him and instead of lighters up in the air, people had their cell phones.
If you want to catch The Weeknd any time soon, there are only a handful of dates on this “King of the Fall” fall tour leg and you may have to travel a little ways to see him. Concert stops include: Brooklyn, Toronto, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. No doubt The Weeknd will return to home turf in Toronto in the future.