Demi Lovato’s Neon Lights tour ft. Fifth Harmony & Cher Lloyd

I apologize for the delay. This has been sitting in my drafts for a while…

On March 26, 2014 I had the opportunity to be a photographer at Demi Lovato’s concert at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario. Besides being an artist whose music I love, this was an incredible experience for me as a photographer. I’ve taken a cheap point-and-shoot camera to shows before where afterwards the low quality of the photos brings me to tears. The week earlier when I was in Columbus, Ohio for the same show I snuck in my Canon EOS 60D but was terrified of getting caught. For the first time I didn’t need to sneak in a camera and I left with beautiful pictures that I can be proud of. For the two openers, Fifth Harmony and Cher Lloyd I was able to shoot in the pit where the lighting is beyond gorgeous. When it came to Demi Lovato we were only allowed to shoot from the sound stage which was a little disappointing but thanks to the 80-400mm lens I had on me I really have no complaints. I am so thankful to Demi’s management for making this possible.

Photographs can be seen on www.photosbymelissarae.com in the “Celebrity” section under 2014.

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Demi Lovato performing at We Day Toronto

We Day is an educational event and the movement of our time—a movement of young people leading local and global change. We Day is tied to the yearlong We Act program, which offers curricular resources, campaigns and materials to help turn the day’s inspiration into sustained activation.

Demi Lovato, the award-winning singer-songwriter and Free The Children ambassador performed two songs on the We Day Toronto stage; Skyscraper (with special guest Darren Criss) and Neon Lights. In the past Demi Lovato’s participated at We Day Vancouver and We Day Seattle. She’s also donated over $10,000 from selling her old clothing on Ebay, raised money on the Price Is Right, and just recently got back from a volunteer trip to Kenya.

To learn more about We Day click here.

Fifth Harmony’s Concert: Cher Lloyd’s I Wish Tour

Step aside One Direction boy bands, girl groups are taking over.

Fifth Harmony is a group made up of five young girls; Ally Brooke, Camila CabelloDinah Jane Hansen, Lauren Jauregui & Normani Kordei.  After all auditioning separately for Season 2 of The X Factor USA and after not making it through on their own, they were all brought back, together. The girls are all strong vocalists on their own, which is uncommon between most popular bands/groups. And their harmonic blendings live sound just like how they’re recorded on track, truly spectacular. Fifth Harmony will be back in Toronto on November 5th 2013 at the Opera House!

Fifth Harmony‘s Better Together EP releases on October 22, 2013.

Make sure to check out their two singles: Miss Movin’ On and Me & My Girls.

Demi Lovato’s Concert: Mardi Gras at Universal Studios

Call me crazy but I’d rather call it dedicated. I decided that it had been way too long since I last saw Demi Lovato. So myself along with two of my best friends flew all the way from our igloos in Canada to see her perform at Universal Studios in Florida. We literally only went for her, arriving Friday morning and departing Sunday morning.

Saturday morning we arrived at Universal Studios around 9:15am (the park opened at 9am). By that time there was already one line/barricaded area and we were in the second one with pink tickets. My friends and I were the ones playing Demi’s music. I was shocked at how cold it was. Camping out was not fun until I went and bought myself a Harry Potter blanket to cuddle up with on the hard ground. It was great talking to and meeting various other fans all day long.

At around 3pm when we had to go to the Hard Rock Cafe for our meet and greet. Unfortunately it meant missing soundcheck and getting spots for the concert. The VIP I purchased did not come with entry into the park so they didn’t have a special area for all of us meeting Demi to go to afterwards. The meet and greet was done through Golden Tickets who have renamed themselves Adventures in Wonderland. They have terrible customer service and sent and email telling us to show up at 2:45pm and they weren’t there until about 4:15pm. The package came with a Heart Attack poster (which I had stolen) lament and t-shirt. For those unaware meet and greets are very short and rushed. Sometimes security won’t even allow you to hug Demi but I went for it anyway. I mean, I just travelled all the way from Toronto, there was no way I wasn’t! Demi smells like rainbows and butterflies. I swear! I am so so so thankful for having the opportunity to hug her again. I would like to note that it took over 72 hours to receive my photograph from Golden Tickets.

General admission/free concerts are a mess. There was shoving, pushing and fighting from a ton of people, clearly not the fans. It was close to becoming a full on mob scene but once Demi came on stage everyone seemed to chill out. Her vocals impress me more and more every f*cking time I see her. She’s absolutely phenomenal and i’m so lucky to have been apart of the first crowd to ever hear her new single Heart Attack sung live.

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A Dream Day with Demi Lovato

On July 3rd 2012 I went to Demi Lovato’s concert at the Molson Amplitheatre. For those of you who know me this was a BIG deal. Demi Lovato has to be one of my favourite artists in the entire world aside from Kate Voegele, Taylor Swift, Amy Kuney and Avril Lavigne. When I found out the that Toronto was the only place Demi was coming to in Canada I was ecstatic that is until I called my mother and she pointed out to me that I’d already be at camp in Parry Sound. That’s at least 2 hours away from my house which is then another hour away from downtown.  I quickly emailed my camp way in advance and begged to have my day off changed just so I would have the opportunity to attend the show.  When the tickets went on sale I bought a single for $85. I found out that my friend Chelsea (she’s f*cking amazing and you should befriend her) got a single in the same row as me so I knew I wouldn’t be alone either way. I wanted to purchase a meet n’ greet package from Golden Tickets but I didn’t want to waste $375 if I found out I wasn’t able to get the day off since it was the third day of camp. About two weeks before the concert I got a message from my friend Emma who told me that Virgin Radio was selling meet n’ greet passes; all you had to do was donate $100 to Sick Kids Hospital and you’d receive a copy of her third album ‘Unbroken,’ a meet n’ greet pass, a concert ticket and a ticket to her soundcheck. How could I resist? At least if I couldn’t go I was wasting (well donating $100 to charity) not loosing over $300. After buying mine I made sure Chelsea knew about it so she could buy one too! After talking to my bosses at camp I learned I was able to get the day off and leave camp at 11:00am to make sure I’d be at the venue by 3:00pm. We ran into so much traffic and I was so glad we were able to get out an hour earlier then planned. I’m just so thankful everything worked out in general.

The day of the concert came quickly. As much as I was excited for it I didn’t want it to end either. When I first arrived at the venue I saw Emma, Athena and Kristen but they were in the Golden Tickets line. When Chelsea arrived we waited together for Virgin Radio to organize themselves and give us everything we paid for. When we finally received our seat tickets from the Radio Station we learned their seats in the 300s were way worse then our 100s so we were glad we didn’t sell them like we originally planned.

At soundcheck Demi Lovato sang three songs. Although she was sick (with strep throat) I was in awe at how amazing her voice sounded. Ughdlhgsdglksdj take me back, please! After soundcheck was the meet and greet. I was freaking out the entire time I was in line waiting. There was this old lady in front of me getting really pissed off cause I had my phone (when we weren’t supposed to) and I took a picture of Demi’s dressing room. She thought I was going to get everyone kicked out, yeah no. I was the third person to get a picture with Demi and meet her. I gave her a hug and made sure she knew about Letters To Demi which was started back in November 2010. Everything else we talked about remains between the two of us. (;

After the meet n’ greet we had to rip off our bracelets (cause the venue is stupid), made us go outside the gate and get our tickets checked again before we could re-enter. Right after the opener Hot Chelle Rae performed (I’m still upset that they didn’t sing ‘Why Don’t You Love Me’ with Demi) my friend Mira sent me a text to let me know that there were 3 empty seats behind her so we moved up to the fourth row right before Demi came on. I was dying the entire show, literally freaking out. It was definitely the best concert i’ve ever been to in my entire life. A lot of the details are fuzzy because i’m still in shock but I shared what I could remember.

For pictures and videos please view below:

Tyler Hilton’s Concert ft. Dion Roy

About two weeks ago my best friend Arielle and I were walking downtown on our way to see Bring It On: The Musical when we saw a sign saying that Tyler Hilton was going to be playing in concert on May 17th. It was hard to say ‘no’ once we realized we could go and it was kind of a birthday present to myself. I don’t have too much to say about this concert but it was amazing and I have some pictures and videos to show below:

Tyler Hilton stayed after the show along with Dion Roy to sign autographs but he wouldn’t take pictures. I nearly begged claiming that it was my birthday and it would mean so much to me (it was seriously going to be my birthday in less then 2 hours). He refused and I was really sad. We walked out of the venue and decided to wait outside for him to leave. Hopefully we’d have better luck and in the end we did. Arielle and I both left with pictures with Tyler Hilton. Another One Tree Hill cast member to add to the list.

Avril Lavigne’s Concert: The Black Star Tour

I must’ve been about 9 when Avril Lavigne came out on the scene. I remember my older brother introducing me to her music as he handed me a burnt copy of her debut album Let Go. Little did I know that that moment would change me, it was the moment that would turn me into a life long fan. And now here we are.

It’s hard to believe that I’ve been lucky enough to see Avril in concert three times in the past before tonight. The first was in 2003. I was in the third grade and I went with my entire family; mom, dad and brother. The second time in 2004 when I went with my mom, friend Marie and her godmother. By the time Avril came around again I was in eight grade and no longer had to attend concerts with an adult present.

This concert was different then the rest. It’s hard to explain how but it had something to do with growing up with Avril. We’ve come full circle. I passed the age where in Nobody’s Fool she sings “When I was 14 and a little mod brain, it’s amazing what a couple of years can be.” And I even passed the age she was when her career began. It’s been a good 10 years.

I was at camp when tickets went on sale. I remember finding out that Avril was coming back and calling my mom right away who informed me that she already purchased 2 tickets on my behalf, for me and my best friend Amy. Thanks again!

There was one thing from the concert which I will never forget. When Avril was singing I’m With You there was a moment where she stopped singing and all you could hear was the crowd. Every fan in the venue singing her words back to her. It was absolutely beautiful. I tried to video it but there was nothing able to catch the magic.

Kate Voegele’s Concert

This is one girl I could talk forever about. Her voice amazes me more and more every time I see her perform. My best friend Arielle and I drove all from Toronto to Buffalo for this concert. I wasn’t able to attend hers the next week because i’d be in Cleveland for a youth group event. There was no way I was missing the chance to see one of my favourite people in the world. We arrived at the venue early and were some of the first people in line with some of our other friends. At one point we decided to run over to Starbucks to get food and on our way back it started to pour and we got absolutely drenched. My shoes were destroyed. Anyway, when we were allowed inside we ran to get front row spots and then went to the merchandise table to make sure we’d be able to meet Kate Voegele at the end of the show. First 50 people who but a t-shirt or her album get a wrist band. Long story short we partied all night long and it was great. It was more then that it was perfect.

Selena Gomez’s Concert: Who Owns The Night Tour

My friend was a member of Selena Gomez’s fanclub which she got for free so when tickets went on sale for Selena in Toronto I bought mine that way. Before the concert I talked to another friend who mentioned that Selena’s step-dad sometimes gives out meet and greet passes during the show to big fans soooooooo imagine how excited I was when I spotted him on the other side of the arena. My friends and I walked over and chatted with him for a little but weren’t having any luck. We walked away when we noticed a small crowd forming when we decided to join it we say that everyone was looking at Selena talking to someone on the balcony of her dressing room (?). Not too long after Christina Grimmie and Allstar Weekend opened and then the real concert started.

The one thing I enjoyed is that the Molson Amplitheatre was filled with little girls who loved Selena but knew no words to any of her songs while my friend and I were dancing and screaming the lyrics of her songs. The mother’s who surrounded us were probably super annoyed…