Hell's Half Acre (hells_half_acre) wrote,
Hell's Half Acre

VanCon 2016: Saturday - Lobby and Saturday Night Special!

Today I slept in, only getting to my beloved lobby as the clock struck noon and the horn blew the first 4 notes of O Canada - (Which is a thing that happens at noon every day in Vancouver, FYI).

I sat with some other fangirls and talked about fannish things for a bit. Then raloria found me and we started chatting, but were interrupted by an older couple from Florida who wanted to know about Supernatural - they had already talked to some other fans and planned to watch the first season, but they wanted to hear more. This, somehow, led to a discussion about immigration and religious freedoms. We kept things remarkably civil, given that they were treading a fine line with me! Haha, though, in fairness, I spontaneously decided to argue the thesis that Western fear of being slowly infiltrated by "immigrants" and our laws being eventually governed by foreign morals, stems from Christianity's horrible history of doing exactly that, and we can't comprehend cultures who don't have that as their modus operandi. Anyway, they were nice people, but the sort of people who believe themselves liberal, yet go on to say pretty xenophobic things.

Anyway, needless to say, interesting chat!

I didn't get as much writing done today - I wrote maybe 500 words of Chapter 2 of the next installment of demented'verse - then I stared out the window for a while - then I surfed tumblr - then I decided to go home for dinner.


Was excellent! I was in the cheap seats. I could have moved forward a little once the show started, but it was kinda cool to have the paranoramic view - and the sound was the same from wherever. You didn't get the same crushing feeling of excitement, as you do in the front - but it's really cool to be able to see the whole audience... especially on the songs where the little candles all went up.

The concert, and all it's performers, just keep getting better and better every year. Let's see... what order did the guests come in...

Matt sang Song #2 by Blur. Kim Rhodes did a rockin' One Way Or Another... she's fantastic. Osric did Eminem. Brianna sang my favourite Jack White song - Love Disruption, and she KILLED it. It was amazing. I really hope someone got a good video of it, because she kicked ass.

Chris Shmelke joined Louden Swaine for a song.... hmm....

Oh! And Louden Swaine did a song where some of the audience members had kazoos and they did a kazoo solo! It was hilarious and adorable.

Okay, so, star performer was Jensen! He came out to join Rob for Fare Thee Well. I'm so glad Robbie Thompson wrote that  song into an episode, it's such a fantastic (and historical) piece of music. Before the concert started, they had passed out little candles to turn on during Fare Thee Well, so we did that! Yay! And then we had the little candles to use for other slow songs too, so that was nice.

After Fare Thee Well, Jensen stuck around on stage, called out Jason Manns, and they did a REALLY nice rendition of Simple Man. Jensen had sung Simple Man with the band last year - but I guess after doing this more accoustic, rehersed cover with Jason for his album - well, Jensen just KILLED it. It was a really beautiful cover, and he did an amazing job. I'm so happy that he's gotten less and less shy about his singing talent over the years, because every time I see him perform now, he just gets better and better (and he started out pretty damn good!)

Jason Manns then stuck around the stage after Jensen left, and he and Rob sang a fantastic cover of Come Together by the Beatles (one of my favourites).

Rob then sung She Waits, and Mama's Jam, which kinda go hand in hand in a way - since the first is a song about how his mother was abandoned by his father, and the second is his fantasy about killing his father.... though he assured us that he has no plans to actually murder anyone. :P

We got an encore of a few more tunes, and then Rob called everyone out on stage, and they did Purple Rain - which was amazing! And it was hilarious watching Jensen watch Rob rock out. Jensen was just so delighted by Rob, and really enjoying himself. And the whole audience got to sing along like a choir, and wave our candles... and it was great.  :)

I'd like to thank my friend for getting me the ticket! I didn't take any pictures or video... partially because I was at the back of the room, but also because I just wanted to be present in the moment and enjoy it. And I did. I love that Jensen has taken to singing Simple Man, because it's a song that I associate with Dean so heavily...and yeah, just a really great night.

I haven't decided on whether I'll do the lobby thing tomorrow or not. If I do, I won't be down there until the afternoon. We'll see!
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