Review: Teen Top in Toronto

Teen Top in Toronto 2014
Teen Top in Toronto 2014

Teen Top put on a fabulous show in their second trip to Toronto, a feat that no other K-pop group has accomplished. Yeah, they are the only K-pop group to perform twice in Toronto. They came here for the first time in 2012 during Canadian Music Week, along with three other K-pop acts and three Korean Indie bands. This time, however, they performed a solo show at the Guvernment club. I’m going to break my review into three parts: Teen Top’s performance, Krowdpop (the people who made it happen) and the event itself.

Teen Top in Toronto 2014
Teen Top in Toronto 2014

Teen Top

Having attended both shows – click the link to find out what I thought of Teen Top’s performance in 2012 – I can honestly say they’ve gotten much more comfortable onstage and with the fans. Their show was entertaining, fun and full of energy. There was costume changes, lots of dancing and cuteness, and screaming fans who were so excited to see their favourite idols. 

Teen Top in Toronto 2014
Teen Top in Toronto 2014

And Teen Top delivered. Even for someone like me, who wasn’t overly familiar with their music, it was a fun night. Now I’m not in their fan’s demographic so what I saw as cuteness, the fans probably saw as sexy swagger, but regardless, Teen Top had it in abundance. 

Teen Top in Toronto 2014
Teen Top in Toronto 2014

But don’t let me tell you how it was – it was a fab show – let’s let the photos tell the story. And if you missed Teen Top in Toronto, check them out if you ever get the chance! You’ll be in for a cute – I mean, sexy – show.

Teen Top in Toronto 2014
Teen Top in Toronto 2014

Fun fact: while I have several photos of various members seemingly staring at my camera, at least half of them are of C.A.P apparently looking right at me. And that leads me to my next fact.

Teen Top in Toronto 2014
Teen Top in Toronto 2014

Sad fact: I had to do some research – and ask for help to clarify – to find out who was who (I wanted to know who the dude with the curls was). Sorry Teen Top fans! But now I know everyone’s name! ^^

Teen Top in Toronto 2014
Teen Top in Toronto 2014

Krowdpop

This is a fabulous idea. Let fans suggest which K-pop groups/stars they’d like to see and what city. Krowdpop picks the popular ones and creates campaigns for them. Fans buy tickets, promote the campaign to friends and generally try to get enough tickets sold before the deadline. If the goal is reached, the concert is on and the rest of tickets go on sale to public. If it wasn’t reached, those who did buy tickets get their money refunded.

Teen Top in Toronto 2014
Teen Top in Toronto 2014

It’s a simple concept and puts a lot of the power in the fans hands which is great. Plus it allows the Korean entertainment companies to know which groups/stars are the most popular in what cities. Hey, I took statistics in university. ^^

I can’t wait to see who Toronto votes for next!

Teen Top in Toronto 2014
Teen Top in Toronto 2014

Huge thanks to…

Toronto K-pop fans – especially the Angels (Teen Top fans) – owe a huge thanks to TOP Media, KPOP UNITED, Krowdpop, Asiana Airlines, Nongshim, Mnet America, E&M Production, INK Entertainment, Uptown Media, The Face Shop and Arirang Korea TV. They all worked together to make the Teen Top concert in Toronto happen. The last five – E&M Production, INK Entertainment, Uptown Media, The Face Shop and Arirang Korea TV – are local Toronto companies (or franchises in Toronto in the case of The Face Shop) so show them some support and don’t forget to say “thanks”!

Teen Top in Toronto 2014
Teen Top in Toronto 2014

The Event Organization

This was the only not-so-good part. Times kept changing (for everything but the concert). Lots of chatter of fans upset and crying in line as they got reshuffled after the fan signing. No press area for the concert (which is why all my pictures are from the side). And the press conference’s translator forgot to translate so I had to rely on my horrible Korean.

Teen Top in Toronto 2014
Teen Top in Toronto 2014

Honestly, changing times isn’t that unusual. And it’s not the first time there’s been no press area but it was the first time that press were restricted from certain areas. Oh well, I still got some good photos, just from weird angles. Good thing the guys in Teen Top were good about looking at my camera. ^^

Teen Top Press Conference in Toronto 2014
Teen Top Press Conference in Toronto 2014

My real issue is the lack of translation. More than half of the media was not Korean and about 2/3 of the questions were asked in English (and translated into Korean when necessary) but not one answer was translated into English. What the? Beyond my personal curiosity about what they had to say, it’s hard to report on the press conference when I only understood every one word in five. I know they talked about food. ^^

Teen Top meeting Toronto City Councillor Cho
Teen Top meeting Toronto City Councillor Cho

I do feel bad for the fans though, it would suck to line up early, get a good spot but not get that prime spot that you earned when you came back out. Hopefully they – the company – uses it as a learning moment.

Teen Top in Toronto 2014
Teen Top in Toronto 2014

In conclusion

Great concert, fabulous performance, with a few glitches that should be easy to remedy. I’m not a Teen Top fan so I can say this with complete objectivity that it was a super fun show. Teen Top were cute, full of energy, played the crowd well and generally, just put on a really good show.

Cindy Zimmer

Live life to the fullest everyday - this is a the philosophy I try to live by and it's taken me on many adventures. I write about Korean culture from a non-Korean perspective as the editor/founder of ATK Magazine and I'm the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Toronto Korean Film Festival (TKFF). Previously, I ran a Korean-English language exchange group (in Toronto) for 3 years to stay connected to my three years living in Korea as an English teacher. I love music, film, food and sports and write about 3 of the 4.

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