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20 June 2013 @ 11:25 am
This needs to be recorded for posterity because when I think back on it, I can hardly believe it myself.

I was just at Joni Mitchell's birthday party.  Backstage at Massey Hall.  I had a slice of her birthday cake.  After watching her sing (for the first time in almost a decade) from on the stage at Massey Hall.


So the last two nights in Toronto Joni Mitchell's been here for Luminato, an annual arts festival that's run here in Toronto.  They had a 2 night celebration for her birthday and it's been sold out since the $100+ tickets went on sale.  But yesterday night... I got snuck in backstage just before the intermission.

I followed my person blindly, put my bag down in Glen's dressing room, and kept following.  Before I know it I'm at a red door with a giant "stage door" sign all over it.  The door opens and I find myself stepping onto the stage at the Toronto landmark that is Massey Hall.  Everyone who's anyone has stepped on that stage at one point in their careers, dating back a bazillion years.

Standing on the right side, behind the teleprompters that provided a cheat sheet to the artists covering Joni (none of whom seemed to need it, and one of whom specifically asked for it to be turned off), I had a crystal clear view of amongst others, Glen Hansard, Rufus Wainright, Katheleen Edwards, Esperanza Spalding, Liam Titcombe, Herbie Hancock, Joni Mitchell.  I missed Cold Specks, but got to hear her for the finale medley and good heavens, she has a lovely voice!

Glen Hansard

Herbie Hancock

I could see half the audience from where I was standing.  It's a really intimidating view.  The show was completely sold out, so there was this waterfall of people staring down at the stage.

After the show, which was absolutely perfect - Joni sang 2 songs, and read out a poem, with Herbie Hancock accompanying her for everything - we went backstage for the after party, where they cut into the cake that was presented to Joni on stage.  And there was beer and random celebrities (Jian Gnomeshi, Catherine O'Hara, Mary Margaret O'Hara) and of course all the musicians and their families.  It was insane and incredible and I was just floating around in the middle of it like I actually belonged there and wasn't a fish out of water.

Spent most of the night in Glen's company, of course, as he was my excuse for being there - even got to watch as a girl (who looked really familiar but I can't place where on TV I've seen her) threw herself at Glen, to a lukewarm reception.  And of course - of course - Glen had promised someone who was busing outside that Glen would come out and sign a song with him.  So half way through the party, he remembered this and grabbed his guitar (yes that guitar) and head out to the front of the venue.  They did a Dylan song and I got a front row view.


After it ended, he was shuffled back into the party before the mob got a chance to descend on him.  And along with his manager and the guy who books acts for Massey Hall and his wife, I got shuffled back into the party as well.  Perfect timing as they were just getting ready to cut Joni Mitchell's birthday cake.
Joni Mitchell and Rufus Wainwright

So I stood next to Jian and sang happy birthday and we clinked our drinks to cheers Joni and then ate cake!

I didn't stay til the end of the party as the non-family/non-musician crowds were winding down and I was already completely sated.  I still don't really understand just how this all happened.  Or why I was lucky enough to be there.

I can trace this entire night back to LJ.  Who in the world could have imagined that going to a Damien Rice concert and commenting on an LJ post about it would have led to this?!

And I get called to the Bar tomorrow.  Though that event's almost going to pale in comparison to this!
28 April 2013 @ 11:16 am

I went to see The Milk Carton Kids yesterday and now it feels like I'm walking around the city in a haze.

I'm not sure why the show was so affecting (besides them being brilliant, of course. But I've seen other brilliant gigs and not fallen through the looking glass). I cried at the show, naturally.

It was the first concert I've been to on my own in a long time. And these boys... I should have known better than to not bring reinforcements. At any given moment I usually have in the back of my head the feeling that I want to get away and move somewhere new, as if I'm nostalgic for a memory I haven't created yet but want to recreate (I'm not sure that makes sense but I don't think there's a better way to put it) but these boys have a way of knocking that pebble of a thought loose in my head every time.

So I took the hour long walk home from the concert to think about how I feel like I'm done in Toronto. Like I've done all that I can here. I know that's not true but it's how I feel for now at least.

I am almost done articling. May 30, I finish. I have bought my barrister's robes. My Certificate of Articles has been filed. My Call to the Bar ceremony has been set for June 21, 2013. I'm at the end of this journey.

Of course I'm at the beginning too because now I get to start my professional career. And that's what I've been waiting to do for the 9 years since graduating high school and getting two degrees.

But I can't help but feel a little caged in. My license to practice law is only valid in Ontario and I have to take another set of exams for every province/state/country that I want to move to and practice in.

I also have no clue where or if I'll be employed after May 30. I might be able to stay at my present firm but I know that will leave me as miserable as I've been with work over the last few months. I have an interview lined up for somewhere else and the hours/treatment would be better there but I would enjoy the work considerably less because it's a lot less challenging.

So I'm back to feeling like I've done all I can here in Toronto for now. And whatever my next step is, it'll be me settling for something.

I don't know. I'm restless.

Why isn't all this easier?

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03 March 2013 @ 09:12 pm
I know, I know, I haven't been around in a while.  I'm not even sure anyone's left on here to read this?

I wish I had a fancy update planned for you but I just haven't been able to get myself in the mood for anything as public as my LJ used to be.  I think work is making me paranoid.

I'm 3 months away from being a fully licensed barrister & solicitor in Ontario.

I don't know if I'm ready for this.  I mean, really, I know I am - this is something that's been 27 years in the making (which, holy crap, I'm twenty-seven now) - but it's still huge.

Don't want to get too ahead of myself though.  I need to survive articling first.  And if things keep going the way they have been since 2013 started... well... I don't know how much longer I can handle only get 4 hours of sleep a night and having 1 evening off every 2 weeks.  But 3 months, that's it.

That's it for now.  Say hello to me on fb once in a while eh?  I do miss the lot of you.