As published on muchmusic.com and written by Naomi Leanage (moi, of course!)
The Rogers Centre saw an abundance of crimson, scarlet, ruby, cherry and burgundy as Taylor Swift’s Red Tour came to play two back-to-back shows in Toronto on June 14 and 15. Over 45, 000 fans each night showed up as Taylor look-a-likes wearing everything from homemade shirts that stated “Not A Lot Going On At The Moment” paired with red heart shaped sunglasses to cowboy boots and dresses, paying tribute to her earlier days as a country star.
After a lineup of opening acts including the highly anticipated Ed Sheeran, as well as a few behind-the-scenes videos, and a dance worthy version of American Woman, Taylor’s larger than life silhouette appeared behind a red curtain. It soon dropped down to reveal the award winning singer dressed in her first stylish ensemble of the night (black high-waisted shorts, a lace Oxford shirt and sparkly red shoes) as she sang State of Grace.
Like any superstar, Taylor’s greeting to the crowd, “Well hello Toronto” ignited deafening screams. “When selecting what cities to play in for a world tour,” she then told the passionate audience, “I always try to remember which cities stood out the most. And to have two shows played in the same city, well, you have to be really special.”
Her two hour show consisted of a dozen tracks from her album Red, including Begin Again, All Too Well, andHoly Ground, along with hits from her previous albums like Love Story and Sparks Fly. Friday night saw Taylor play Tim McGraw for the first time in Toronto, after she claimed a fan requested it in a pre-show meet and greet. Saturday night’s show was treated to Highway Don’t Care instead, the Tim McGraw song Taylor easily conquered.
But Taylor didn’t just belt out her well-known hits to please the audience’s ears, she also put on an over the top show that was definitely a sight to see. From fireworks to an explosion of confetti, the production was fittingly large for one of the world’s biggest musicians.
Every song had a different theme like the gothic ballroom setting for I Knew You Were Trouble, the 60s Motown version of You Belong With Me, and the circus that was We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together. And in a show full of highlights, it’s hard to forget Taylor’s 10 costume changes that included to letterman jacket, striped top and red pants (22), black and white tulle dress (Treacherous) and a red silk bodysuit, sequin shorts with elbow-length gloves (The Lucky One).
Nearing the end of the night, Taylor did step away from her scripted chats to genuinely thank Canadians for helping her get nominated for the MuchMusic Video Awards this year. “I’m so excited to go the MMVAs for the first time,” she tells Toronto. “I get to wear a pretty dress and go to the ball.”
Taylor’s Red Tour has seen the 22-year-old make the smooth transition from country to pop, and it’s clear that fans felt happy, free, confused and lonely at the same time by the end of the show.