July 27, 2014

by Kristen Bass in ,

One week ago today I was at Investors Group Field viewing two of my favourite musical personas of all time. 

Shockingly, I was actually into Jay z long before I started listening to his darling wife. The most prominent genre of music in the snowboarding industry is, without a doubt, rap and hip hop. Getting into snowboarding in my early teenage years coincided with an exposure to Jay z, among others. I was a bit of a tomboy during those years, and pop music was great to dance to, but I never went out of my way to listen to Destiny's Child or other artists of that style. But I loved Jay since the first time I heard The Black Album (remember, I'm only 23).

This may be a shocking revelation to those of you who know the level of my adoration for Beyoncé. But regardless of how I came to have the power-couple's songs on repeat, the concert on July 27, 2014, was absolutely the best live show I've ever seen. I briefly considered quitting my job and following the two on tour...

Everything about the show was insane. The atmosphere of the fans, the film clips between each song, the lighting, the backup dancers, Les Twins, the way the whole crowd threw their diamonds up when Jay was solo on the stage, Beyoncé's wardrobe (that mesh mask!!), the chemistry between the two, the seamless way they blended more than 40 of their best songs (old and new!), and the way I, and almost every other female in the stadium, was crying during the final number of Forever Young / Halo while home videos of Bey and Jay's family with little baby Blue played for all of us.  

Oh and the city of Winnipeg was pretty cool too. If you follow me on Instagram you got a healthy dose of snapshots from my weekend with the girls and from the concert. In case you forgot to look at your social media updates that weekend, here is my summary. Be sure to also watch the video below for a mere taste of the production value that went into the tour of the year.

And lastly, thank you for indulging me while I gush about this experience. 


Gate 16

by Kristen Bass in ,

Today started at 4:35 AM. Aaaand then again at 4:40 AM, since my first alarm was not sufficient. At least I know myself well enough to plan ahead and set the second alarm because today was definitely one I did not want to sleep through. 

Arriving at the airport made me wish I had woken up even earlier, as lineups were practically out the door. By the time my friend and I made it through security we were on the run as the intercom blared a final boarding call for Gate 16 with service to Winnipeg. 

Yes, Winnipeg.

Tomorrow is Beyonce and Jay Z. Bey and Jay. Yonce and Hov. Sasha Fierce and Jigga. Call them what you want but there is no denying that this power couple is going to put on the show of my year, possibly even my life. 

It has been a while since I have photographed a significant event entirely on film but this weekend I am taking that risk.  It is exhilarating. And it only adds to the overall feeling of the weekend, which is entirely anticipation.

But if I absolutely must have instant gratification from my photos then at least I still have Instagram. #beyandjay2014

  Photo courtesy of Pinterest.


Photo courtesy of Pinterest.