There’s one simple truth about music that some are fortunate to learn early in their lives and others discover a bit later or never at all. Then there are those, whose lives almost depend on it…

I often shop for vinyl and then accidentally find places to take pictures with it on the way home

I often shop for vinyl and then accidentally find places to take pictures

Music is a universal language! It truly is. It has the power to make you move, make you cry, make you smile and – most importantly – make you dream.From folklore to hip hop to dancehall, music was my salvation in times of happiness,sorrow and when I truly needed to express myself. I still dream to tunes and, luckily, I get to live in a city that allows for access to a plethora of artists, who’ve quickly earned atop spot on my go-to playlists. Toronto is truly a hub of all things music and when I first moved here, I promised myself to check off as many artists off my bucket list, as I could and this year has already become one for the books!

In the spring there was Tory Lanez at REBEL and later an intimate evening with Rag ’N’Bone Man at the Adelaide Hall; then a month later there was The Weekend at ACC, courtesy of AIR MILES. Later on in the summer, I was blessed with tickets to J Cole. It just so happened to be my birthday and I still can’t think of a better gift than a pair of tickets to see one of my current favourite lyricists. J Cole exceeded my expectations beyond belief: from blessing the crowd with Anderson Paak as his opening act, to delivering a two-hour, non-stop interactive experience of beats, sharp lyrics and creative storytelling, the man succeeded in offering a rare glimpse into the passion of a true artist. I left exhilarated and almost sure that no other show could top what I’d just witnessed. “Impossible to describe!” said Da Kid, when asked if he’d enjoyed himself and I couldn’t agree more.

We were both convinced that there was nothing that could replace the feeling we experienced that night, until my phone rang a couple of days later and I found that I was going to OVO’s 8th Annual Festival – BUCKET LIST GOALS, PEOPLE!!!

Drake pad the ultimate homage to his city by bringing the CN Tower to the stage

Drake paid the ultimate homage to his city by bringing the CN Tower to the stage

The show was everything that I thought it would be and more: I got to see Nelly live and bounced it up to “Country Grammar”, I witnessed Tory Lanez and Drake come together and throw it down for The 6ix, MIGOS took over the stage and got us swaying in our seats and French Montana managed to get us grinding like a it was a 90’s dance movie. Later on, after bringing that fire with a constant flow of hits, Drake managed to bring the house down, alongside The Weeknd, with a true homage to their city!

The night was the ultimate highlight of a musical summer, and it would’ve not been possible without AIR MILES.


                     Box seats with AIR MILES for the night

If you haven’t heard yet, [where have you been?!], AIR MILES is bringing Collectors closer to the music they love. They are currently running an exciting contest that will give one lucky winner the opportunity to receive 4 tickets to attend any Live National show in 2018, alongside 25,000 Reward Miles + flight and accommodations paid. Excited, yet? Want to know how to enter?

All you have to do is click here and let me and AIR MILES know what your favourite Canadian music moment is and you’ll automatically be entered into the contest. It’s that easy!

Who would be on your bucket list to see, if you won?!

I’m currently adding to my list and throwing down names from the likes of Kendrick Lamar (ahem, ULTIMATE bucket list pick), JAY Z, Kid Cudi and more.

Share yours with me in the comments below and don’t forget to tag @AIRMILES and use the hashtag #PickYourStage on Twitter and Instagram, so I can tune into your dream performances.

Let’s celebrate the Power of Music together!