I stopped by Yorkdale, given that it was in the area, and found myself wandering into Aritzia's semi-annual promotion. Jinyoung's red Adidas zip-up stared me in the eye, but at a whopping $76, it totalled more than the tour t-shirt, slogan, and shipping combined
By the time I had pulled into one of the nearby lots, a lengthy lineup coiled around the inside of ACC's Gate 1 in preparation for Hi-Touch.
While conversing with a friend in line, an absolutely adorable Jinyoung fan was spotted in the hands of the girl behind us. It was a limited item from THE New Era! Gazing lovingly at it, I asked to snap a photo of the fan, only to be presented with a mini transparent fan and 4 x 6 in Polaroid as a gift - Forever Young had bestowed me with gifts merely for showing up!
Chipotle's Front Street location had earned itself quite the crowd since Youngjae's social media post from the day before. Blue Jays fans had also taken to fueling up at the American franchise pre-game.
Choices of a drink and fruit or chips also made available to me, though I found it odd that a request for fruit equated to a whole orange being tossed into the bag. Plastic cutlery didn't really seem to cut it - and I mean this in the most literal sense possible.
Thankfully, security was speedy and so were bathroom lines. (It should be noted that there was minimal signage and insufficient staff from SubK to ensure that all attendees were joining the right line/heading towards the correct gate. ACC staff knew little to nothing about the event details, contributing to the congestion of the area instead of relieving anxiety of the event goers.
While I was convinced that many attendees were still scrambling inside well after the designated start time, the concert - just as according to SubK's schedule, commenced precisely at 8 PM. The few minutes prior involved the arena dimming and songs being played louder - perhaps as a sign to guests to file in quickly.
Some songs I was hearing live for the first time: skyway, OUT, Go Higher, Prove It, Hey, My Home, 니꿈꿔, and Begging on my Knees. The setlist is blurred in my mind, but there are performances that stand out unmistakably.
Firework was another highlight of mine - no surprise. My sole regret is that Jinyoung stood on the left side of the stage for the entirety of this performance, thus I couldn't see the creator of the piece himself. The stage was raised slightly for this performance, while the boys dazzled in black-and-white suits, sans outer.
Jinyoung's narrative, which had garnered some mild backlash in Seoul, was met with a wonderful response here. His voice was essentially ASMR!! Snippets of the animation played in between song segments, depicting the emotions of various stages in a relationship, as well as acting as an opener for the upcoming song.
Unfortunately I was unable to be fully immersed for the entirety of it as a particularly menacing lady interrupted my passion-indulging period to instruct me to "Put the camera away! Cameras aren't allowed!".
I was in no mood to argue with this impolite specimen, for I feared missing out on even more of GOT7's only Canadian show. However, I should add that, according to the Scotiabank Arena's FAQ, small point-and-shoot cameras whose lenses do not exceed 75 mm are permitted.
Not only did I miss out on majority of the already brief performance, I was also unable to capture the beauty of FACE that followed afterwards, leaving me livid and frustrated. This incredibly bitter feeling resides within me until the end of the show. Had I not planned on seeing them in New York, the ordeal would have left me exponentially more riled up.
In terms of enjoyment, I Am The King ranked first (unsurprisingly), while Yugyeom's solo dance fell next in line. Despite having seen him perform on multiple occasions, including his solo opening stage at KCON LA last year, the version of GOT7's maknae that we witnessed was as fluid as the Credit River and as expressive as a ahgase on an adrenaline rush. During his dance segment, he had apparently fallen to the ground with a loud thud. From my seat, this was not immediately apparent though.
"I think that liking and loving someone who you don't know personally is a pure thing."
Jinyoung struck a chord in my heart.
He repeated this once more before the VCR dimmed. "Thank You" was performed just before ending ments and the encore.
Again, no one sang along to this melody. It was honestly such a disappointment.