The Flaming Lips – Toronto 2015

In 2002, Q Magazine named The 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.

The Flaming Lips – Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto 2015

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.

The Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne – Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto 2015
The Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne – Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto 2015

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.

The Flaming Lips – Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto 2015
The Flaming Lips – Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto 2015
The Flaming Lips – Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto 2015

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.

The Flaming Lips – Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto 2015
The Flaming Lips – Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto 2015

And of course, the show included frontman Wayne Coyne’s signature man-sized plastic bubble, in which he traversed the audience.

The Flaming Lips – Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto 2015
The Flaming Lips – Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto 2015
The Flaming Lips – Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto 2015
The Flaming Lips – Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto 2015
The Flaming Lips – Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto 2015
The Flaming Lips – Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto 2015

 

Then back on the stage for his final song Do You Realize??

The Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne – Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto 2015
The Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne – Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto 2015

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.

The Flaming Lips – Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto 2015

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.

The Flaming Lips – Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto 2015
The Flaming Lips – Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto 2015

 

 

Toronto Chinatown Murals – Part #2

Here is another beautiful mural commissioned by the Chinatown BIA (Business Improvement Areas) located on Dundas St. East, just east of Spadina Avenue, in Toronto.

Toronto Chinatown Murals – Part 2
Toronto Chinatown Murals – Part 2
Toronto Chinatown Murals – Part 2

 

April is Daffodil Month in Canada

April is Daffodil Month in Canada

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.

Cancer can be beaten.

Toronto Chinatown Murals – Part #1

I was surprised to see really cool murals in our Chinatown in downtown Toronto today.

Here is one of the many stunning murals commissioned by the Chinatown BIA (Business Improvement Areas) located on Dundas St. East, just east of Spadina Avenue.

Toronto Chinatown Murals – Part #1
Toronto Chinatown Murals – Part #1
Toronto Chinatown Murals – Part #1

 

Fiery Sky

Fiery Sky – Toronto, April 12, 2016

We seldom see fiery sky here in Toronto.  So, imagine how excited I was to see this on my way home yesterday.  Dusk could not have been more beautiful… to me.

 

April Snow – A Haiku Poem

April Snow, photo by mzrosie

Crocus are blooming
Other spring bulbs poking up
Despite April snow.

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© 2016 mzrosie

 

Well, it’s official.  Winter is not yet over here in Toronto.  Forecast is that more snow is coming our way.   Here are a few pictures I shot today around my neighborhood.

Ed Mirvish Theatre got Photobombed

Ed Mirvish Theatre, photo by mzrosie

A white suburban car photobombed my only shot of the Ed Mirvish Theatre, which is located in downtown Toronto.   It was noon, so traffic was heavy but I thought I got a clear shot.

Oh well.

 

If you didn’t get your Easter Eggs today…

Nearsighted Easter Bunnies, photo by mzrosie

… blame it on these nearsighted Easter bunnies.

I saw these cute Easter bunnies in the window display of an optometrist in my neighborhood here in Toronto.  So cute, don’t you think?

Below is our local community center displaying children’s lovely coloring arts.

Easter children’s art, photo by mzrosie

And below is an Easter egg plant in full bloom from one of my neighbors garden.  Where did you think the Easter Bunny got those colorful eggs?

Easter eggs, photo by mzrosie

Happy Easter everyone!

 

Winter is Back in Toronto

Winter is Back in Toronto, photo by mzrosie

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:

Winter is Back in Toronto, photo by mzrosie
Winter is Back in Toronto, photo by mzrosie
Winter is Back in Toronto, photo by mzrosie
Winter is Back in Toronto, photo by mzrosie
Winter is Back in Toronto, photo by mzrosie
Winter is Back in Toronto, photo by mzrosie
Winter is Back in Toronto, photo by mzrosie
Winter is Back in Toronto, photo by mzrosie
Winter is Back in Toronto, photo by mzrosie