Went to see k.d. at CITS last night, and she was in a jaunty mood. First the voice – crikey. She can go from a soft croon to full power in a note and the effect is quite something. Doesn’t hurt that CITS has some pretty great acoustics.
She was playful and humble and genuinely surprised, I think, at the reception she got (she must have been warned that the folks in Kitchener like to sit in their seats and nod politely to the music). A standing ovation before she said or sang a word, one or two in the middle of the concert, and several at the end. Audience members shouted out random “We love you” ‘s and commented on her status as an Order of Canada recipient.
Highlights? They did a really upbeat arrangement of “Constant Craving” that was pretty awesome, and “Helpless” in the encore was amazing (with audience participation, even). But the highlight of the evening, of course, was “Halleluja” . Just. Goosebumps, really. I know for her it probably feels a bit rote sometimes, but she gives it everything and the audience is sitting there stunned into silence and having a very Canadian moment. It’s my earworm right now, and one of the only times I have no desire to change the channel.
Her opening act was pretty impressive as well. She’s a torchy twang singer originally from Toronto named Lindy Ortega. Huge range. Loves Mr Johnny Cash. Far too clever to be in Nashville.
And because I can: