#GOGAGA: Toronto Exclusive “JOANNE” Listening Party

If you weren’t aware, Lady Gaga has just released her fifth studio album – Joanne. To celebrate the release of Joanne, Universal Music hosted an exclusive listening party at a dive bar in Toronto which included a live stream of Gaga’s 2nd Dive Bar show as well as listening to the album before the world while munching on delectable food and drinks.

Radio stations around the city held contests to give away tickets to this super-secret event as the location of the bar wasn’t disclosed until the day, leaving fans in the dark on the mysteriousness of the event. If you weren’t lucky with winning passes, you were able to purchase a limited quality of Lady Gaga bundles at Frank & Oak’s pop up shop. The bundle consisted of two wristbands to the exclusive and hottest Joanne party, a tee, and the deluxe version of the CD which was priced at $55+tax.

As a die-hard little monster, I had to grab my hands onto a pair of wristbands thus I bought the bundle (as I would have anyways!) and secured two wristbands for my friend and I. The party was held on the night of Thursday, October 20th at Sneaky Dees and doors to the event would open at 8pm. I had waited anxiously for days in order to receive the email enclosed with further information on the night! The schedule was as follows:

8pm – Doors

8:45pm – 9:15pm – Listening party of the album

10pm – Live stream of Gaga’s dive bar show.

Arriving earlier than expected due to the rain and weather that night, my friend and I hung around the bar until they started letting us in at 8:15pm. There was a line of monsters outside in the rain on the side of the street eagerly waiting to venture inside the bar and experience the magic of Joanne.

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Heading up the stairs (SLOWLY) upon showing ID and all, we finally made our way into the open dancing area which was filled with high top tables and normal tables in front of the stage. There was a projector screen on the stage area which would live stream the performance later that night. Chairs around the tables quickly filled up and food arrived shortly after. Upon entering, you were given a wristband (if you didn’t receive one already), two drink tickets and also the CD (if you purchased the bundle). The area was dimly lit with candles scattered around giving it a nice vibe, but difficult for photos.

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The first dish to arrive was tortilla chips with dip, followed by pulled pork sliders, bbq chicken wings, cheesy nachos, vegetarian soft taco wraps and more. The food was definitely more than expected, as I thought it would be hors d’oeuvre. Each dish was party size portion plates, enough to share with your table and the ones who were standing around.

 

 

While we all listened through the album together, we enjoyed good food, drinks and simply a good time. It’s a different feeling when you listen through the album for the first time (officially) when gathered with others who love the artist as much as you do and you can all just be yourself. The album streamed through two full times before 10pm and we waited for another 30 – 40 minutes before the live stream started. As everyone probably watched the live stream from Budlight’s facebook page, Gaga drove up to The Bitter End in NYC and went around the crowd in the streets before heading into the bar and started her show. She performed Diamond Heart followed by Million Reasons, A-YO, Joanne, Grigio Girls and Just Another Day. Joining her on stage for the performance was the album’s executive producer Mark Ronson and her longtime New York friend Brian Newman.

Watch Gaga’s performances at The Bitter End below and be sure to purchase your copy of Joanne via iTunes, Amazon, or at your local shop!

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