Incredibly, incredibly jealous of those of you who got to attend the Osheaga Festival in Montreal this weekend. Among the featured Acts was of course Macklemore & Ryan Lewis who kicked-off the Canadian leg of their Tour in Toronto at Echo Beach on Friday night. Delivering a great surprise was our v. own Tegan & Sara, who appeared on-stage performing the pro-LGBTQ Track Same Love, substituting for Mary Lambert who provides vocals on the Original. A magical moment and there couldn’t be more fitting Guest Vocalists.
Those of you following my Tweets or Instagram of late will know just how much I’ve been raving about Jessie Ware and as luck would have it she was in-town today performing her first ever Toronto Show at Opera House in Riverdale. Although she is just being introduced to North Americans, the UK has fully embraced the stunning Daughter of BBC Reporter John Ware, earning an Album of the Year nod last year for a Mercury Prize and multiple nominations at this year’s BRIT Awards. Her visit today is short and sweet and unfortunately due to limited timing, Ware‘s Canadian Publicist tells me that she wasn’t doing any Press in the City at all.
Although my search for tickets was unfruitful, with Craigslist Sellers trying to get $100 out of me for one ticket to the sold-out Show, I still get the chance to meet her after a bit of a wait at the Venue. Arriving shortly after 5:00 PM, the soulful British Songstress arrived with her Handler and handsome Boyfriend Sam Burrows, stopping to sign some Autographs and take Photos with a couple Fans-in- waiting.
As anticipated, Ware is just as lovely and delightful as imagine, genuinely touched that I made an effort to get tickets to her Show. “How did you find her Album here?”, her Boyfriend asks me, to which Ware replied, “Oh, it’s been available here for a while already!”. And right she is as Ware’s Debut Disc Devotion saw a release here last September but only recently gained buzz. Also, it was just announced that Ware will be playing Quebec’s prestigious Osheaga Festival in August alongside the likes of Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Mumford & Sons, Tegan & Sara and several more. And for those curious, Ware requested Grilled Veggies as her Pre-Show Meal.
Supporting Ware tonight were hotly-tipped newcomer Duo Ms Mr who hail from New York. Consisting of Lizzy Plapinger and Max Hershenow, the former sporting some fantastic rainbow hair, were friendly to stop for a Photo before completing a couple Photo Shoots today at the venue.
See a Clip of Ware heading into the Venue and some more Snaps below: