Barenaked Ladies Christmas with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra
Toronto, Canada 2014

December 12-14, 2014

$1 USD = 1.14 CAD

Weather cloudy 31-39 degrees

Friday 12th

Delta $471 each
#1308 AUS 8:05am to Atlanta 11:10am
#5194 ATL 12:55pm to Toronto 3:03pm


The Canadian immigration officer asked to take this picture for us- really, Canadians are fantastic.

Taxi to our hotel-
Intercontinental - Toronto Centre
$412 CAD total


View from our room!




We had to quickly walk over to the CN Tower for our dinner reservation there at the rotating 360 Restaurant.



BRAISED BEEF SHORT RIB RAVIOLI WITH TRUFFLE BEURRE BLANC, with forest mushrooms & roasted bone marrow. YUKON GOLD FRITES WITH TRUFFLE AĻOLI.
VERY rich, but different and excellent






Glass floor, you could see the Rogers Center below.


Going down the speedy elevator- there is our hotel.


Show at 7:30, walked just a few blocks over to Roy Thomson Hall, which was described by our guidebook as having awesome acoustics.



The main attraction- our second Barenaked Ladies Christmas show, this time with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.
(first one was 2012 in Winnipeg)


Great seat, fifth row dead center.














Setlist
Carol of the Bells
Lovers in a Dangerous Time (Bruce Cockburn cover)
I Saw Three Ships
Sound of Your Voice
Big Bang Theory Theme
Odds Are
Tonight Is the Night I Fell Asleep at the Wheel
Green Christmas
Pinch Me
Brian Wilson

The Nutcracker
Easy
Hanukkah, Oh Hanukkah
Shopping
Blame It on Me
Boomerang
Snowman
Jingle Bells (Edison Male Quartette cover)
Light Up My Room
One Week
If I Had $1,000,000
Barenaked Rap

Encore:
Feliz Navidad (Jose Feliciano cover)


After the show, walked just down the block to meet friends Mary and Stu, who now live in Toronto and that I first met when I was in Zanzibar Christmas 2011. Great to see them.
Part of the BNL tradition, since we did the same thing after the Winnipeg show.


Back at the hotel.

Saturday 13th

I was hoping to go tobogganing somewhere, but the first snow of the year had just arrived a few days before, so there wasn't a ton of snow, and it was somewhat slushy. Maybe next time.

So while Linda slept in I walked to the Hockey Hall of Fame.






Me & Lord Stanley's cup

Then we took a taxi out to the suberbs to visit the lost tribe of Lee-Sue's that instead of moving from Jamaica to South Florida, instead went to the frozen Canadian north.


My Uncle Don, one of three on my dad's side.
Here we are at the Jamaican food shop owned by his sons- entrepreneurs!



Time to make the patties!



Stirrin' the rice & peas.



Me, my cousins Gregory, Mark, Jackie, and Uncle Don.

Awesome to see them.

After being dropped back downtown by Jackie, we stroll to City Hall were Linda does some ice skating.













A cool wall inside City Hall. Too bad we didn't get to meet Rob Ford, that would have been cool.

And picked up some cool gifts from inside the Museum of Art gift shop.


I had also intently been researching tickets to see the Maple Leafs, who were playing just a short walk from our hotel. The tickets are notoriously expensive- at about $140 for upper deck tickets. So we watched some from the comfort of our room instead.

Then we took a short taxi ride to the Distillery District to meet up with my old friend Rich and his new bride Annette, and explore the Christmas Market. Love a Christmas market.




Got two awesome little handmade wooden ornaments here.



Hot nuts!


Mulled wine! Nice and warm.



Sunday 14th

Taxi $55

Delta
#4969 Toronto 1:14pm to Detroit 2:41pm
#5259 DTW 3:30pm to Dallas DFW 5:35pm

Had a leisurely morning, then on the way home we stop in Dallas to see Fleetwood Mac!

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