In This Moment: Half God Half Devil Tour
The Danforth Music Hall
April 16th, 2017
Attending a concert tour titled “Half God Half Devil” on Easter weekend seemed very ironic I’m not going to lie. Despite that fact, In This Moment (ITM) put on an amazing sold out show at The Danforth Music Hall in Toronto, ON.
My boyfriend and I drove up to Toronto for the day and arrived around 1pm. People in ITM singer Maria Brink inspired attire were already waiting in line when we parked in a lot across the street from the venue. Parking was $11 CAD for 6am-6pm. We had intentions to go back to the lot at 6pm to get another ticket for 6pm-6am for an additional $6 CAD. We remembered this fact an hour into the concert. Whoops.
We took the TTC from Broadview Station (right around the corner from the parking lot) to Dundas station for $3.25 CAD/person. We shopped a bit at the Eaton Centre, but it was a beautiful day outside and the mall still had the heat on. It was unbearable to shop so we only went into a few stores. We decided to get a late lunch at 3 Brewers after searching reviews of local restaurants on Trip Advisor. The restaurant was right outside the mall and there was no wait to get in when we got there.
We were seated on the patio, which was perfect with the sunny yet breezy weather. The restaurant actually brews the beer on site, so we decided to try a flight of four beers called the Traditional Et Cetera for $7 CAD to see which ones we’d like to try more of.
My boyfriend ended up choosing a pint of the Amber and I ordered red wine sangria, which was honestly the best one I’ve ever had in my life! We ordered the spicy popcorn shrimp with sweet chili heat sauce to share as an appetizer ($13.25 CAD).
I ordered the beer battered one-piece fish ($13 CAD) opting for salad as a side instead of the fries trying to be healthier (ha!), and my boyfriend got the 3 Brasseurs Burger ($15 CAD). Both items were delicious and we would definitely visit here again when we are in the area.
I went upstairs to use the bathroom and was surprised at how big this place actually was. No one was seated there at the time, but it could fit probably another 200 people upstairs- I couldn’t imagine how big the kitchen must be!
We took the subway back to the concert area around 5pm. I had to pick up the tickets at Will Call, not by choice, as it was the only option during checkout. Scalper prevention technique? The Danforth Music Hall has a balcony, mezzanine and standing floor ticket options. I purchased tickets during the artist pre-sale through Ticketmaster and was able to get front row centre balcony for $50.75 CAD/ticket, which I as very happy with. (I’m getting too old to stand at a show for 5 hours!)
We loitered at a Starbucks across the street for an hour, as we knew the opening act wasn’t coming on until 6:30pm-ish and since we had seats didn’t feel the need to go early as the line was now down the street and wrapped around the corner. We downloaded Snapchat to my boyfriend’s phone and did our first snap story. We had no idea what we were doing.
Mango Black Tea Lemonade with 1 shot of raspberry.
We went into the venue around 6pm and the opening act Gemini Syndrome ended up starting 15 minutes early than the original set time said so we were glad we went in a bit early. I wasn’t sure what to expect from them but they were really good- they sounded almost identical to the CD version. It wasn’t all that exciting visually and the set seemed to fly by, but I would go see them again if I had the chance.
With a really quick turnaround set up Swedish band Avatar played next. They announced that this was their first time ever performing in Canada. I had heard their music on Sirius XM before, but had no idea what they looked like. I was in for a shock when they appeared, but their elaborate costumes and dramatic performance made me keep watching.
They had a lot of energy and the lead singer reminded me of a wooden puppet version of Alice Cooper with a bit of Gene Simmons’ tongue.
I went to look at the merchandise before Motionless in White came on, but was disappointed with the selection. There was nothing from them or Avatar, and barely anything for ITM so I didn’t end up purchasing anything.
I’ve seen Motionless in White once before and wasn’t all that impressed with them this time. Maybe it was because they performed after Avatar who was really animated so it seemed like this performance was lacking, and I found the vocal quality wasn’t as clear as the previous bands either like it was muffled. I was really hoping Maria Brink would join them onstage to sing their duet Contemptress, but lead singer Chris Motionless mentioned how this was their fourth time touring together so its probably already been overdone.
It took about 30 minutes for the stage crew to put up ITM’s set, blocking the audience’s view with a giant black widow spider flag. I loved taking in the architecture of the venue during this time. It’s an old converted movie theatre from 1919, which used to consist entirely of seats that have been removed for concerts (temporary ones on the floor are still used for certain shows). It fits just over 1,400 people when the show is general admission and has four bars throughout the venue.
It’s beautiful and the sound is perfect, but very loud. I wore earplugs and I could still hear the music clear as day. I couldn’t imagine being able to enjoy the show without them.
They started their show with Blood with Maria wearing a Bishop’s hat and added more fog during Black Widow. They played a new song River of Fire, which my boyfriend and I really liked. Later on they played another new song called Oh Lord. If this is the direction they’re going with their new album we really enjoyed it. The full set list can be found here.
I was just trying to think of my favourite song they played and I honestly couldn’t pick just one as every song they did had a unique feel to it.
This was my third time seeing ITM and it was probably the best one yet. I found they’ve moved from a circus theme to a more religious concept since the last time I saw them incorporating crosses into their design and moving away from all the PCV costumes Maria used to wear.
The only negative comment I can make is that they used so much smoke/fog that for 90% of the show I never saw the band members faces- they were just silhouettes. I read some Facebook comments afterwards and people were saying the same thing. They had a beautiful set and costumes from what I could see it was a shame they were hidden behind a thick cloud most of the time.
It was over by 11pm and on our way to the car I caught a glimpse of Maria leaving the venue and getting onto the tour bus still in full costume.
When we got back to the car thankfully there wasn’t a parking ticket on the window. All the night’s religion must have spared us.