- Prior to the concert, I had drafted preliminary designs for the fanboards that ochungg and I would be bringing with us. The crafting process took place over Reading Week between midterm-cramming and assignment-crying, in an excruciatingly stressful manner if I may add.
- Board 1: "도운 Makes Me Swoon"; a circular board with faux pearl rivets was intended to simulate the bass drum of the cute drummer boy. Constructed to be thin and essentially weightless, it met the requirements for ease/convenience of portability.
- Board 2: "Jae is Bae"; my own board featured glow-in-the-dark and gold glitter characters, a Chicken Little-style cut-out of the lanky guitarist, and a string of LED lights along the border. The addition of a battery box compartment and neckstrap caused the board to be notably weightier in comparison to the first project, but was a decent turnout given the numerous last-minute adjustments.
- Special Project: "6" Lightstick; from previous experience, concert-exclusive glowsticks tend to be crafted of vulnerable plastic exteriors, requiring delicate handling. As they are merely a stepping stone before official lightsticks are released, the design is commonly text-based without any shred of official colours peeking through. I wasn't fond of the design for the tour, as it was neither unique nor durable. Thus, I set out to construct my own, making sure to conduct adequate researching prior to commencing.
Video to come.
- Event information and FAQ was released well in advance such that attendees could plan accordingly; Toronto ticket-buyers were also updated within reasonable time frame(s) when technical issues were experienced with Eventbrite
- Staff members were all very welcoming and knowledgeable
- Volunteers were also sufficiently staffed and made sure to redirect specific inquiries to authorized personnel instead of answering half-heartedly
- Wristbands were distributed (specifically on the left hand) and an invisible UV stamp followed as proof. This was extremely hi-tech and shockingly professional. As a fellow MyDay from the West Coast had stated, "SubK doesn't play." And she was right.
- The entire show was a seriously drastic - and very, VERY much appreciated - upgrade from the nightmares distributed by KpopMe and PGTW. I can only pray that Toronto has left a positive enough image that SubK will return to the north yet again, possibly next time with GOT7 in tow.
- The clip - deemed "YoungK's Cut" - was very short but showed a snippet of the airport greeting. Most importantly:
- In the video, Brian sang the Canadian national anthem and interviewed the rest of the members. They later went to the Eaton Centre and sat on swings, looking extra adorable.
- In both the exclusive cut and his ending remarks, Brian discussed how his 4-year stay in Toronto was extremely liberal, as parental units were in absence. He differentiated between his "old self", Brian, as someone with a passion - "Wild" and "Free". He then iterated that now he achieved his dreams, but that he is a changed man. He now retains responsibilities, and that is his responsibility to MyDays. He stated that "YoungK" is his stage name, his "alter ego", just like Beyoncé.
- YoungK signalled Jae to take over his bass and jumped into the audience and went as far as Row K (aisle) and stayed until end of song.
- Sungjin went close but did not jump into the crowd. No interactions from Wonpil and Dowoon, understandably so as both of their hands were busy.
Order: Sungjin, YoungK, Jae, Dowoon, Wonpil
Strict orders about phone usage were handed down from staff. This rule was renforced extremely strongly, and benefits were on the line for if such devices were caught for filming purposes.
I had originally wanted to tell him "춤 최고! 다음에 주간아이돌 다같이 헸으면 촣겠어!", which translates to "Your dance is the best! I hope everyone can go on Weekly Idol next time!"
However time was limited and it was more rushed than expected.
Ultimately I was able to utter "춤 최고!" and finish with a thumbs up before moving onto the next person in line, Brian.
I gripped his hand and told him "Brian, you are so talented and fabulous" instead of the original "Brian, you are a bounty of creativity and you do it all while looking fabulous."
By golly, he is incredibly handsome up close. The entire memory is fast-paced and hazy but I clearly remember seeing a soft gaze paired with a tall nose and gushingly friendly smile.
Also too quick was my interaction with Jae. He was spaced too closely to Brian, so it was difficult to interact at all. I managed to say, "Hi Jae! Do you like my board?! Am I extra enough?!", though I didn't manage to hear his reply (did he even reply??) as I was getting rushed by the several staff members surrounding the table.
I'm not sure why I giggle at recalling this experience, but Dowoon is incredibly adorable for a full-grown man. I gushed, "누나 라고 불러줄래?" (which translates to "Can you call me noona?"), though I wasn't even completely sure if he heard me at all and I inched forward. The staff behind me were scolding, "No gripping!", but he managed to respond "누나, 누나!" back to me while giving me a thumbs up. It was ridiculously difficult NOT to smile like crazy at that point.
He honestly appeared a tad worried when I was being rushed by the surrounding staff members, almost as if he didnt want me to miss my turn to Hi-Touch him. I made sure to grip his hand and tell him "동갑 이 에요!" (aka "We're the same age!"), forgetting the last part about "진영 랑", but he understood my accent-laced Korean and nodded nonetheless. I had actually wanted to make him smile, but settled for the fact that he was simply a shy, quiet person who's serious about his music and fans, but not quite skilled at openly expressing such emotions.
- DAY6 are respectful, energetic artists whose passion can felt tremendously in their performances as well as their heartfelt concluding messages to the crowd. Their thorough enjoyment is evident, and it's a truly wonderful thing to be able to share such enthusiasm and /drive/ with a worldwide community that appreciates and relishes in their joy equally.
- The group comprises of talented, diverse, and humble beings, but more than anything, they reminded us that they are real people. They are honest musicians who don't conceal the origin of their careers: a single spark, a /bursting/ desire to attain something greater. They enable us to see their hard-working side, in addition to their gratefulness towards each attendee, with just a single show.