Sunday, August 24, 2008

Top Of The Pops

In the coming months, I will have the opportunity to see not one, but two of my favourite female performers of all time, live in concert. Posters of these idols adorned my childhood bedroom walls (along with the hunky likes of Kirk Cameron). I danced endlessly to their earliest pop songs with my friends in the backyard (often using the picnic table as a stage). My favourite concert buddy and fellow pop fan, Kristina G. will be by my side for both events and we could not be more pumped!

First up is Janet Jackson, who will grace the stage at GM Place on September 10th to launch her 'Rock Witchu' arena tour. Although Jackson rarely takes to the road these days, she ranks as one of the most successful female touring artists ever. Her 'Rhythm Nation 1814' tour was the biggest selling debut world-wide tour in history. I sure played the hell out of my VHS copy of the show. I even taught myself all of the dance moves. I also turned around and taught them to most of the girls in my neighbourhood. The baby sister of a legendary showbusiness family, Janet Jackson has strived to distance her career from that of her brother Michael and the rest of the Jackson family. She has created an enduring image, cemented by groundbreaking choreography that many contemporary pop stars still try to emulate. Many new artists have clearly been influenced by her style and have patterned their own performances after Janet's. This woman has most definitely inspired me over the years too- her tunes have long been part of my "running mix" and her infamous ripped abs have surely been a motivator to get my butt to the gym on more than one occasion. I can't wait to see her in action in just a few weeks.

For more information about Miss Janet's upcoming tour, be sure to check out her official site here.

The next event is something that I have been waiting for just about as long as I can remember. I will finally get to see Madonna live when she takes the stage at BC Place Stadium on October 30th for the Vancouver date of her 'Sticky & Sweet' tour, which kicked off this past Saturday in Cardiff, Wales. Hot on the diamante shaped heels of her phenomenally successful 'Hard Candy' disc, this tour promises two hours of nonstop hits in a show that features 16 dancers, a 12 piece band, more than 8 costume changes for the lady herself and over a million dollars worth of Swarovski crystals. I remember asking my mom if she thought that the Easter bunny would bring me Madonna's 'Like A Prayer' tape instead of chocolate the year that it came out. It was all that my little heart desired. Wouldn't you know it, that bunny came through for me and left the scandalous cassette in one of my baskets amongst the colour foiled eggs. I was beyond ecstatic. Always a chameleon, Madonna has reinvented herself a million times over and been able to come across as completely genuine in each new incarnation. Keira posted a fab tribute to the woman often referred to as the 'Queen of Pop' recently, in celebration of the star's 50th birthday. You should read it here. It provides a glorious walk down Madonna memory lane.

For the latest info about Madge and her current tour, as well as to find out when she's going to be in your city, check out her official website


Keira-Anne said...

RIDICULOUSLY jealous that you're going to see Madonna. I haven't a hope in hell of landing a ticket at this point. As for JJ, I guess that means you won't be coming to Hanson since the shows coincide :(

Jennifer Stoddart said...

I know! I just realized that those two shows are the same night. I'm so bummed because Kristina said she totally would have come to Hanson too! :(

tracy.lee said...

I am also jealous that you are going to see Madonna.. I was all ready to get tickets but no one wanted to go with me, I guess they just didn't understand that it was MADONNA! Ugh. Take lots of pictures!!!

Phaedra said...

Wow, Madonna and JJ. Here I am all stoked to be seeing Delerium at the Commodore.

Jennifer Stoddart said...

Delerium will no doubt be awesome too, Phaeds! :)

Jen (MahaloFashion) said...

I'm going to try to get tickets for madonna's show in toronto...I'm not sure if janet is playing up here though.

seeing them would be ultimate!

star anise said...

I can't wait for the Madonna concert... I've wanted to see her for as long as I can remember. Right from her Desperately Seeking Susan days. Also... gotta confess... pretty stoked to see NKOTB this fall too... ;) I'm such a sucker.


Scott said...

I saw Madonna for the first time a year or so back here in Tokyo and she was fabulous! I'm so glad I got to go.