Photos and Words by Shakil Hossain
Us the Duo is an example of how independent music can shine through the power of democracy. Regardless of what big record labels say about independent artists, for Us The Duo it doesn't matter– people just love them. The line-up for the show at Danforth Music Hall in Toronto last night extended more than three blocks as fans eagerly waited to ensure they didn't miss a single minute of the performance.
Us the Duo is may be one of the first bands to be discovered through the online platform “Vine” but the couple has come a long way with four studio albums since then - every song they played was a hit and the crowd sang along.
Husband and wife, Michael and Carissa are natural performers. Throughout the show it felt like the couple absorbed the love from their audience and released it through their music.
The back and forth collaboration between the couple was naturally synchronized. The audience loved watching the couple's love for each other beautifully intertwined in their music. During the song “Make you Mine” Michael looked at Carissa before singing every part he wrote for her - the audience cheered in enjoyment. Us the Duo’s music connects with their audience in a naturally simplistic way because the music feels like it is a part of the couples journey through life as they grow with each other. The simple lyrics, the cute playful flirts and the love Michael and Carissa display for each other makes this live show unique and enjoyable for anyone looking for a great night of folk music.
Photos and words by Sami Jewer
Clairo made her Canadian tour debut last night in Toronto to a sold-out show at the Velvet Underground. The venue was full of eager fans chanting her name moments before she took the stage. The energy in the room could be felt by everyone in attendance.
Clairo is a young, 19-year-old, talent that got her start on Bandcamp, Soundcloud and YouTube. Her indie-electropop vibe kept the crowd going all night long. She made sure to take the time to engage with her fans during her performance; stepping away from the mic to get closer and dance with them whenever she had the chance.
Clairo put on an intimate and noteworthy show, pleasing her Canadian following that have been waiting for years to finally see her live. She is definitely an artist worth keeping your eyes on.
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