Success has long been in the making for LIZZO, the Detroit-born and Minneapolis-based Singer/Songwriter/Rapper and Actress. After cutting her teeth in Indie circles, she subsequently was signed to Atlantic Records in 2015, quietly developing herself into Music’s now and next girl. Connecting to audiences with her message of body positivity and self-love, she has been filling theatres on her Cuz I Love You Tour, supporting her major label debut Album of the same name. Toronto was no exception as she sold-out The Danforth Music Hall quickly. A second leg has been added to the Tour, her popularity propelled by a recent appearance at Coachella which drew rave reviews. Due to overwhelming demand once again, she had been upgraded to Budweiser Stage this September only to sell-out yet again!
Lizzo has hit a sweet spot in her career, her single Juice poised to become one of 2019’s biggest breakout hits, hitting #1 on Billboard‘s Bubbling-Under Chart and her Album debuting in the Top Ten. The Album, a mixture of Old and New School R&B, winning universal critical acclaim. She has come a long way since last playing Toronto’s Velvet Underground to a half-filled venue.
Lizzo, who stars in UglyDolls currently, zipped through her catalogue of hits including her first ever Top 50-charting hit Truth Hurts; her Album’s title track; self-love celebrating Soulmate; the empowering Like a Girl which gave her a moment to comment on the abortion ban in Alabama; and closing number Juice which had the audience singing aloud in unison. The audience was moved to tears by her encouraging words and uplifting spirit and even she noted there was something special about the Toronto audience that made the night extra-emotional.
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The audience was treated to an energetic opening set from Tayla Parx, an emerging act who has penned smash hits High Hopes (Panic! At the Disco), Love Lies (Normani x Khaled), 7 Rings (Ariana Grande), Thank You, Next (Ariana Grande) and also has contributed to Grammy-winning Best New Artist Dua Lipa‘s eagerly-awaited sophomore Disc.