Savoyards: Phantom of the Opera

Mike and I had the pleasure of joining Christine and Fiona last night to watch Savoyards’ production of Phantom of the Opera at Iona Performing Arts Centre.

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The production opened on May 25, 2013 and it is not only the Queensland premiere of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s most popular work, but also the second amateur production of the musical in the world.”

What an amazing night! The show was 2.5 hours long with a 20 minutes intermission.

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“With a cast of 52 and a 27 piece orchestra, it is one of the largest productions Savoyards have ever mounted in their 52 year history and will play for 14 performances.”

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If not for our dear friend Roger playing the organ/keyboard in the orchestra (who did an awesome job by the way!), I wouldn’t have known or thought of attending.

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I had never seen Phantom of the Opera before and for others who don’t know the story:

“Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera, is a darkly romantic musical about a mysterious “Opera Ghost” who inspires a young singer, has become a legend, drawing standing-room audiences throughout the world.  With unforgettable songs such as “The Music of the Night”, All I Ask of You”, Masquerade” and of course, the title song, this will be a night at the theatre that you won’t easily forget.”

The main characters, Phantom and Christine Daae played by Lionel Theunissen and Monique Latemore, respectively, were definitely stars of the show. A wonderful, talented cast with great music, amazing costumes and beautiful sets.

Roger in the pit with the orchestra at the end of the show!

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What a great night out! Dressed up with awesome company, a delicious dinner at Absolute Thai, a night of amazing musical talent!

Big Day Out 2013

Mike and I went to Big Day Out at the Gold Coast on January 20th, my first concert ever – woo hoo!

Big Day Out is an annual music festival that, as of 2013, is held in five Australian cities: Sydney, Gold Coast, Adelaide, Melbourne and Perth. It features seven or eight stages (depending on the venue) accommodating popular contemporary rock music, electronic music, mainstream international acts and local acts.

Tickets were a little pricey but definitely worth it for a full day of really good live music. We spent all day listening to great bands, many of which I’d never listened to before but now love!

Heading on the bus down to the Gold Coast

Got there quite early so lots of time to walk around and check out the venue

The 2 main stages

Multiple bands were playing at the time across the different stages throughout the entire day. This was the line up we chose to follow:

  • 11:30 – Jakarta Criers
  • 12:20 – The Medics
  • 13:20 – Delta Spirit
  • 14:25 – Gary Clark Jr
  • 15:50 – Band of Horses
  • 16:55 – Vampire Weekend
  • 18:00 – Yeah Yeah Yeahs
  • 19:05 – The Killers
  • 20:30 – Red Hot Chili Peppers

Only took a few pictures of the acts, but enjoy!

The Medics

Gary Clark Jr

Vampire Weekend

Soooo much garbage. The only good thing is that most of it was recyclable

Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Red Hot Chili Peppers

My RHCP song: The Otherside!

Made it home safe and sound!

My favourites of the day? Definitely Gary Clark Jr and Vampire Weekend! Please check them out, guaranteed enjoyment! 🙂

And man, was it hot. SO HOT. So hot and so dirty. Yes the music was good. But would I rush to another outdoor music festival? Nope! 🙂

Photo #232: Songza – My Current Favourite App

October 17, 2012

I discovered an amazing app, called Songza, that offers hours and hours and hours of great music. The best part? It can go straight to the Apple TV and be played through the stereo. iPadInsight.com sums up some of its other features perfectly:

☆100% free. No audio advertisements & no monthly listening limit.
☆Stream thousands of original playlists handmade by music experts.
☆Let Songza’s ‘Music Concierge’ find the right music for your moments.
☆Browse a curated playlist library organized by activity, genre, decade, & mood.
☆Save your favorite playlists & share them via Facebook, Twitter or email.

Check out their article for more information: http://ipadinsight.com/best-free-ipad-apps-2/best-free-ipad-app-of-the-week-songza/ Definitely worth giving the app a try! 😀

Photo A Day update coming soon

I know… I’m so behind on my photo project! I should really try to post daily but I keep letting the pictures pile up… 😦

I have one last exam tomorrow (Global and Community Med) and then I will start posting for sure!

In the meantime, I’m loving Billy Talent’s Surprise Surprise off their latest album, Dead Silence. Check it out!

FADU: Dim Sum and Beer

July 22, 2012

Mike and I took my siblings to visit the Brisbane Powerhouse today, which, taken from their website, is

Nestled on the beautiful banks of Brisbane River (beside New Farm Park) the former power station has become a distinct landmark, both as a stunning industrial creation and as a hub for everything creative, including theatre, music, comedy, film, visual arts, festivals and ideas.

What some people don’t know, is that there are free music and comedy shows every Sunday! It is a hit or miss depending on your tastes, but if you’re in Brisbane, make sure to check it out!

The music show (Live Spark) starts at 3:30pm and consists of 2x45min sets featuring 2 different artists. Then there’s a break before the comedy show (Livewired) starts at 6:30pm. Great way to spend the day – bring some friends and have a picnic in the beautiful New Farm Park, then head indoors in the afternoon to enjoy the shows!

We then stopped for a late dim sum dinner at King of Kings in Chinatown – yum!

July 24, 2012

We were finally able to book a tour at the XXXX Brewery in Milton after a couple failed attempts! $25/person for the tour and 4x285ml beer tastings!

The XXXX Ale House and Brewery Tours provide an unbeatable way to experience an Australian icon up close and discover its proud legend.

The Castlemaine Perkins Brewery was established at Milton, just west of Brisbane city, way back in 1878.

Overall a good time, although I was a little disappointed that many of the machines weren’t running that day – how unlucky! Also, because it was a functional brewery, we weren’t allowed to take any pictures during the tour. We did, however, take a few afterwards while enjoying our beers and fries! Tried: XXXX Summer Bright Lager, Gold and Bitter as well as James Squire Porter and Pale Ale. Not a fan of: Porter haha

Matt & Laura Visit Brisbane

Michael’s dear friends Matt and Laura were visiting Australia from Halifax and stopped in Brisbane this weekend!

It was great to meet them! They came over a little after we got back from our exam on Saturday which was perfect. The night ended with a delicious feast at Ahmets Turkish Restaurant in South Bank.

On Sunday, we had a nice brunch at Caffe Di Vita and a great time down at the Brisbane Powerhouse – good music and comedy! What an awesome atmosphere 😛

New Farm Park beside Brisbane Powerhouse

Live Spark at Brisbane Powerhouse with Big Strong Brute – they’re quite good, check out their music!

Michael’s fake smile

Late dinner, we made sushi!

Does that look good or what?!

Ailee – From YouTube star to Kpop star

Most people know I’ve been a Kpop fan for years ❤ That is… until I moved to Australia and didn’t really have the time or the company to indulge. Now when I check Kpop news sites, there are so many new groups and solo artists – I have no idea where to start so I simply stick with my old favourites and see what they’re up to.

However, I recently came upon this young American-Korean lady and… I realllyyy like her! Ailee was already well known in the YouTube community a few years back for her voice and has just debuted in Korea!

Compared to the quality of many artists who debut in Korea, I am impressed! I love her voice and this song… perhaps she will even win Rookie of the Year. Good luck to her!

Heaven by Ailee
(If I remember correctly, this was her debut stage)
My favourite parts start at 2:05

And I’m adding in the MR (music recording) removed version of her performance 🙂