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.

Avril Lavigne in Toronto

Canadian superstar Avril Lavigne was spotted in Toronto to promote her new single, Here’s To Never Growing Up from her upcoming fifth album set to be released around September 2013. Lavigne had her first interview at KISS 92.5 Toronto at 7:00am and … Continue reading

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.

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