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Beyonce reigns as queen in Toronto

Posted by Eric Boshart / December 17, 2013

Beyonce in TorontoThis morning tens of thousands of people from the GTA and beyond woke up truer, fuller, and more complete. We are the ones that saw Beyonce last night at the Air Canada Centre. We are the changed ones. Did the changed ones sleep? Surprisingly, some of us did, dreaming of Queen Bee floating softly but with purpose, a Jungian angel in a purple sequin dress assuring us that despite heartbreak everything will be OK.

BeyonceOthers of our kind sat in bed all night, replaying the nights event in their heads, coming to terms with recent memories. Trying to rationalize, contextualize, and summarize. Placing what we witnessed into a reality. A futile effort for the effect of Beyonce surpasses the delicate and easy manipulatable nature of our memories. A bold Bey is burned into our brain, to be tarnished never by time, dementia, and certainly not mere will.

And the lovers among us... well they did what lovers do, haunted by the sensuality they could still taste on their lips. One would think witnessing the scion of sexuality would make our paltry bodies seem like lumpy pieces of shit - but no, Beyonce transformed our libido into a higher, sexier and truer extension of spirit with every jerk of her hips (crane spirit), snarl of lips (tiger spirit), and shake of the most renowned,beatific butt on earth (bonobo spirit).

BeyonceWe are the changed ones. I would go as far to refer to us as "Beyonce's children" but that would discredit the holy child and future President Blue Ivy. What is clear is that us changed ones are closer to god then the rest of you plebeians. Having heard "Love on Top," "Single Ladies," "Halo," etc without a buffer of technology and in purest form, well, your definition of what music or art is makes us laugh.

The question for us now is how do we re-enter the world? We, whom Beyonce asked if we wanted to party. How do we navigate through our lives with such fire in our souls whilst the rest of you trot around empty and, well, dead? But we will live because true life is part of us. For we are the changed ones. This is our joy and our burden.

Photos courtesy of AP Select



Jerry / December 17, 2013 at 03:48 pm
95% of this article could have described any concert. Swap the performers name, and you're good.

Also, the amplification that allows you to hear Bey, and her band are 'technology'.

I'm happy you enjoyed the concert though.
toronto dude / December 17, 2013 at 06:08 pm
ha ha since she doesn't even sing in concerts for the most could have saved your money and watched her on fullscreen youtube
max replying to a comment from toronto dude / December 17, 2013 at 09:03 pm
she doesn't sing in concerts?.You must be smoking crack with Rob Ford.
Bey is the best. Haters will always hate.
D toThe / December 18, 2013 at 12:29 am
Did she do anything off the new album?
DD / December 18, 2013 at 01:55 pm
Toronto Dude is clearly shooting his mouth based on one incident he read about in the past. I have seen 2 of Beyonce's Toronto shows (the FREE Dundas Square show when Best Buy opened, and at the ACC this week) and she sang live 100% of the time at BOTH. Clearly Max has got it right: haters will always hate. She did do one song from her new album and it was great the way she engaged the audience to participate. And speaking of the audience, I don't think I've seen such a diverse audience to-date at a show... I was surprised at the span of ages, balance of gender, ethnicities, and general 'walks of life' that made up her fan base. And I go to all kinds of different shows in this city whether it be at a dive bar, small club, outdoor space, or larger stadium venue - we are lucky to have exposure to so many artists in Toronto - but this show, by far, was my favourite of the year. (And Brian, get a life... that's a totally offside comment that adds no value other than showing how big of an idiot you are)
CMONNOW / December 18, 2013 at 05:19 pm
this is hands-down the worst review of a concert i've ever read.

Emma replying to a comment from D toThe / December 18, 2013 at 05:39 pm
She sang XO
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