I only recently discovered ELIO, but it has been nothing but love for this Welsh-born, Toronto-raised Singer/Songwriter who is on the tip of Pop greatness. For one, her management includes mentor Charli XCX who continues to thrive as a global sensation and coincidentally the star was just in town this week at Massey Hall. The two collaborated on Elio’s catchy track “Charger”, which actually is how I discovered her Music!
Elio played a packed house at intimate Velvet Underground on Queen West, the crowd which knew by heart many of her Bedroom Pop jams like Jackie Onassis, @elio.irl and latest single Vitamins. The twentysomething only during the Pandemic started putting-out Music and streams have tallied-in by the millions, stamping her a real force to be reckoned with. But more than that, her silky and emotive voice has an edge and she has a way of taking you away to another place as she sings about love, anxiety and escapism as a Gen-Z queen.
Playing for just under an hour, the Singer named after Timothée Chalamet‘s character in the Novel and Film CALL ME BY YOUR NAME, shows she’s still learning to connect with her audience after gaining her following online, but as the show progressed and she came into her own, she became one with the audience. Whether she has the Vocoder turned-on or is just singing with her guitar, Elio’s talent is undeniable.
Opening Act, Alexandra Porat, also from Toronto, warmed the crowd-up with her own brand of Pop sensibility. She premiered new Track Pity Party.
Spotted in the crowd was Porat‘s mentor and “sister”, Juno-nominated Singer/Songwriter Ralph whom we love and have been waiting to see live forever!
Few Artists understand and know how to execute that connection to their fans like Taylor Swift. Now onto her fifth tour, the acclaimed and influencial 28-year-old Singer/Songwriter touched-down at Toronto’s Rogers Centre for two energy-filled nights, August 3-4, 2018. The Stadium tour in support of her 2017 studio disc Reputation, sees her delivering her catalog of hits once again, with an emphasis on that album which dealt with some of her very public personal battles and her perception.
Fans attending Swift’s Reputation Stadium Tour are gifted with an extravagant spectacle with a recurring snake motif which keeps popping-up throughout. Some can interpret this as her owning the label she so publicly has been given since Kim Kardashian had accused her of dishonesty in a much-talked-about scandal between Swift and husband Kanye West.More here.
Fans got a much more sensual, self-assured Swift over two nights at the Toronto venue, by far her most refined and heavily-choreographed stage production yet. She pronounces proudly her full transformation to Pop Icon status from her humble Country beginnings. Everything from three stages extending deep into the audience, to her being propelled into the air while performing the down-tempo Delicate were artfully-calculated moves to make for an intimate experience. She took a moment before that song to deliver some candid candor about accepting the fact that people will never stop talking about us behind our backs and that we should embrace it. Guests even were gifted with lit-up wristbands synced in colour to the night’s setlist. Lucky fans who lined Swift’s “Snake Pit” got a chance to touch her hand as she zig-zagged her way through fans.
Joining Swift on-tour were Charli XCX and Camila Cabello, giving fans three shows for the price of one and they re-surfaced late in the show to join her in a rendition of hit Shake it Off. An even bigger bomb-drop came towards the end when Swift presented also touring Canadian Rockstar Bryan Adams on-stage for a duet of his hit Summer of 69, driving the audience ballistic!
See some Snaps from the night. We were way, way up but felt so close to it all, kudos to Swift!
Swift now gets a couple days off before playing her native Pennsylvania later this week.
Joining Taylor Swift and Camilla Cabello on tour this summer, Charli XCX unveils some new material including this banger, 5 in the Morning! New music will be coming all summer long from this pop genius!
Kylie Minogue, just how we love her! Two Dance-Pop legends, Giorgio Moroder (Donna Summer, Blondie) + Kylie team together on new Single Right Here, Right Now. Although this sexy Disco isn’t unlike anything we’ve heard before, we do love hearing Kylie connected truly with the Music – the difference between this and some of her more recent work which I’ll be the first to admit hasn’t been on-the-mark, being a true Kylie Fan. She sounds completely at-home and true sign of how a fantastic Producer is capable of bringing out one’s absolute best. Do you believe that Moroder is 74 years old and he will be celebrating this with his new Disc 72 is the New 24, out later this year? The Disc features also Collaborations with Sia, Charli XCX and Britney Spears. We can’t wait!
There is no Female Artist owning Pop Music currently like Charli XCX. The 22-year-old English Singer/Songwriter’s voice certainly is familiar yet oddly enough there still is a degree of unfamiliarity with her name. You’ve heard her ability to write and sing an Earworm of a Hook whether it be Icona Pop‘s I Love It, Iggy Azalea‘s Fancy or even Boom Clap, made famous by arguably the Summer Movie of 2014, The Fault in our Stars.
Charli XCX, néeCharlotte Aitchison may be young, but she’s long been perfecting her Pop Craftmanship since the age of 14. The Songstress was in Toronto today performing an intimate Gig at The Hoxton in trendy King West for an all-ages crowd, presented by Embrace Presents. After doing a compressed Media Blitz today at the Venue in advance of her upcoming second major label Disc, Sucker, Fans who lined the Bathurst St. entrance of the Venue midday were in for a huge treat as she took time to stop for Selfies before heading back to her Bus for a bit of relaxation.
Swedish Pop Sensation Elliphant opened the Show earlier this evening to warm response, before Charli XCX took the stage shortly after 10:30 PM. Fans sealed the perimeter of the stage and would be delighted by her high-energy performance featuring a mixture of her Repertoire, old and new. Solo Versions of I Love It and Fancy drove the Crowd absolutely wild as she paid homage to one of her greatest influences, Spice Girls in a shimmery Union Jack Dress, backed by a Female Band. New Single Break the Rules drew a positive response, channeling a rebellious yet carefree early Madonna. The comparisons vocally to an at-her-best Gwen Stefani are inevitable.The entire Crowd had sung along to Boom Clap before she was hurried off-stage and into her Bus once again, snapping Photos with a lucky two Fans after many asked, waiting hours for her at the Stage Door.
See Charli XCX greet Fans outside The Hoxton:
Check-out new Single BREAK THE RULES below:
See our Snap:
This Girl is so owning #Pop right now. #CharliXCX @charli_xcx
Hot off the critical and Box Office success of THE FAULT IN OUR STARS, comes the release of its equally stellar Original Motion Picture Soundtrack! Warner Music Canada and Mr. Will want to give Readers a chance to experience again the magic of this year’s most beloved Love Story! In addition to the Film being charged with starpower, the Soundtrack features a roster of some of the hottest new emerging acts including Ed Sheeran, Birdy, Charli XCX and Tom Odell!
1. “All of the Stars” Ed Sheeran 2. “Simple as This” Jake Bugg 3. “Let Me In” Grouplove 4. “Tee Shirt” Birdy 5. “All I Want” Kodaline 6. “Long Way Down” Tom Odell 7. “Boom Clap” Charli XCX 8. “While I’m Alive” STRFKR 9. “Oblivion” Indians 10. “Strange Things Will Happen” The Radio Department 11. “Bomfalleralla” Afasi & Filthy 12. “Without Words” Ray LaMontagne 13. “Not About Angels” Birdy 14. “No One Ever Loved” Lykke Li 15. “Wait” M83
Check-out Charli XCX‘s BOOM CLAP below:
Check-out Ed Sheeran‘s All of the Stars below:
Check-out Birdy‘s Not About Angels:
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Warner Music Canada release THE FAULT IN OUR STARS – ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK, in stores now! Order it here.
Finally a Track worthing of being 2014’s SONG OF THE SUMMER! Those of you who already saw tear-jerking Blockbuster THE FAULT IN OUR STARS should find CHARLI XCX‘s BOOM CLAP oddly familiar, being featured prominently on its Soundtrack.
The sassy 21-year-old Singer/Songwriter from Stevenage has maintained a great presence on the airves laying down vocals on Smash Hits like Icona Pop‘s I LOVE IT and Iggy Azalea‘s Fancy. Now is her time to shine alone and what she has crafted on BOOM CLAP is phenomenal Pop Moment. Its melancholy-rebellion reminds of me High School, Bubble Gum Trident, Aerosol Hairspray and hiked-up kilts.
Order THE FAULT IN OUR STARS Soundtrack on iTunes now here!