We had a very Christmas-y event last night, our annual "Stuart McLean Vinyl Café Christmas".
Along with many new stories Stuart had two very fine performers with him this tour. Jill Barber has distinguished herself both professionally and in our hearts as we have known her since she was a very little girl. Her Dad and The Professor were colleagues for many years at U of T. Jill has a real "retro" feel to her music and it's amazing to watch her grow on stage. She performed her latest "Chances".
I have to say that I have attended many concert events in Toronto and NEVER have I seen such an audience reaction as there was to this young man that Stuart is also profiling on his tour.
Matt Andersen is established on the east coast...we have so many great musicians from the Canadian East...
This guy stood up and blew the roof off Convocation Hall. I have searched in vain to find an adequate recording of his voice on You Tube. He performed two emotionally stirring renditions last night. One was his own song..."So Gone Now", from his album "Something in Between". The second one was "O Holy Night". I must admit I was a bit worried that he might "Blues" it up and I wouldn't like it....didn't have to worry one bit. You will all recognize that a Christmas Carol is hardly a whistle-down-the-hall sort of tune, but in this case, it literally sent chills up our spines as we all collectively rose once again and made him come back for several bows.
This is a MEGA-Talent. I hope you like the blues...go to his website and
Listen here. The sound quality is much better than anywhere else.
I think the phenomena is that when Stuart profiles these young talents, you almost feel as if you personally have made a discovery. The entire audience was buzzing that this was the best Christmas Vinyl Café tour yet!
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