In 2002, Q Magazine namedThe Flaming Lips as one of the “50 Bands to See Before You Die.”
I didn’t know this at the time when I watched The Flaming Lips performed at Nathans Phillips Square here in Toronto when our city hosted the 2015 Pan American Games last summer.
There were thousands of people in attendance that night. And The Flaming Lips with its frontman Wayne Coyne gave us an unforgettable lush, multi-layered psychedelic rock experience.
Aside from the complex stage light configurations and video projections. there was a large amounts of confetti and big balloons released for the fans to bounce around.
There were balloon robots on the stage including a huge alien with butterfly wings, while Wayne Coyne sang Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots Part 1. At this point, the stage looked like a children’s fantasy park but the audience was just mesmerized.
And of course, the show included frontman Wayne Coyne’s signature man-sized plastic bubble, in which he traversed the audience.
Then back on the stage for his final song Do You Realize??
Frontman Wayne Coyne waved to the crowd giving them the peace sign. Then the band left the stage and the word LOVE was projected on the screen.
I didn’t want it to be over and I was pretty sure the rest of the audience that night last summer, didn’t either. So, most of us did the next best thing… stayed for the nightly fireworks.
April is Daffodil Month, which is the Canadian Cancer Society ‘s national fundraising campaign for the fight against cancer.
The daffodil is a symbol of strength and courage in the fight against cancer.
In my Toronto neighbourhood, there is a patch of daffodils in our local park to remember those who passed because of cancer, to celebrate cancer survivors, and to give courage to those who are fighting cancer at present.
It never really left. It was just hiding around the corner and, as soon as we put away our winter clothes, it came back with an evil grin. Toronto had ice pellets that turned into freezing rain overnight and everything was covered with ice today. It was really pretty to look at. Definitely not for walking or driving though. But hey, this is Canada. We live in igloos.
Here are some pictures I took today on my way to the bakery:
This is Colin. Colin is a spray paint artist, who has been working to eradicate graffiti in my neighborhood here in Toronto. Colin was creating this mural on a detached double car garage last summer. … that’s why he was shirtless, it was summer. Just so you know.