Bikeshare Toronto

I signed up for an annual Bike Share Toronto membership today. The economics make a ton of sense. $69.99 for a year of unlimited rides of 30 minutes or less (with the Presto Card holder discount) is a steal.

The Transit App makes the whole experience unbelievably simple. I can plan my ride on Transit and it’ll tell me which Bike Share station to start and finish at (including how many bikes are at the starting station and how many empty slots are at the finishing station. Plus it provides a route that is bike-friendly and a pretty accurate time estimate for the trip.

I used Bike Share yesterday to go from my office in Liberty Village over to Ginny’s office on the east side of downtown. It took about 25 minutes door-to-door which easily beat the TTC over that route (even with the King St. Pilot Project in play). The bike lanes across Adelaide and Richmond make for a safer trip and there are tons of other cyclists which helps with visibility.

I can’t make it to and from work under 30 minutes so I don’t think a full commute on Bike Share will ever replace the current TTC streetcar ride I take, but for these trips around downtown, it’s a perfect solution.

Taylor Swift Reputation Stadium Tour – Toronto Night One

The whole family took in Taylor Swift’s Reputation Stadium Tour stop in Toronto on Friday.

We waited a long time for this night to come and 241 days after we bought the tickets, and 1,099 days after we decided we would go to see Taylor Swift the next time we had the chance, it was finally here.

We were sitting in section B3 row 17 seats 1-4 and the B-stage ended up being a fair bit closer than I had even expected. All we did was move down to the end of our row when everyone moved to surround the stage. She did three songs there and we were fortunate to get within about ten feet of Taylor for that part including the acoustic secret song.

We had a great view of the main stage as well with Ginny and Lindsey on the aisle so they wouldn’t have their views blocked by taller people in front. Mac and I are both tall enough that we could easily see over the crowd.

The light up LED wristbands were a cool part of the show.

Our view just prior to the start of the show. The staging was impressive with giant screens that moved up and down and revealed various levels behind where the band was located.

…Ready For It was the opening song. Obviously.

For Love Story the wristbands were pink and it was pretty magical. The mix of old and new songs made for a great concert.

She’s moved over to the B-stage now (via a suspended stage that carried her from the main stage while she sang Delicate) and then we were super close for Shake it Off.

Charli XCX and Camila Cabello joined Taylor for Shake it Off.

Fun was being had by everyone in the crowd and clearly also those on stage.

Slowing it down for the secret song right in front of us. Out of the Woods (acoustic).

Pretty epic to be so close for this set. We could hear Taylor singing.

Just a wild part of the evening…I never imagined we would be so close.

My favourite shot of the night. The spotlight was perfect.

Don’t Blame Me was probably the most theatrical and vocally impressive song of the night. Really well done.

Call It What You Want. I call it amazing.

I stopped taking photos at this point since things really just turned into a fun dance party with everyone enjoying the last few songs. Getaway Car featured some beautiful footage on the screens that was synced with the wristbands for a really nice effect. In my mind, it’s one of the best songs on the new album.

The show closed with a mashup of This is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things and We Are Never Getting Back Together which I didn’t take any photos or video of since we were just having too much fun singing and dancing with everyone else.

All in all? A great show.