TORI KELLY AT THE OPERA HOUSE
By: Sade Powell ( @SmokeandRoses_ )
American singer-songwriter Tori Kelly took to The Opera House to give her Toronto fans quite the enchanting performance. Every time Tori hit a high note the crowd hit the roof, hollering and whistling in amazement at the songstress’ talent. She even made grown men scream like 12-year-old girls. No, really I was almost knocked over by a dude who went hysterical when she started to sing Eyelashes. Moving on, Tori began to delve into the meaning behind her song Design and how it’s about loving yourself. “Too many people wake up and don’t love what they see.” She said and then told the crowd to really listen to the words.
Behind her Tori had an assortment of various guitars to help her set the tone for each song. I wish I knew the right names for them, but she switched to a funkier cherry red guitar and strung the cords to Treasure a new track off her EP Foreword. She also mixed in several of her covers that have hit views into the hundred thousands on Youtube like Ex-factor by Lauryn Hill, Suit & Tie by Justin Timberlake and several others.
Tori took a moment to encourage everyone in the room to ‘Pay it Foreword’ which basically meant to help someone out, do something nice just for the sake of doing something nice. This cleverly tied into the title of her EP. Now throughout the show so far there were moderately upbeat songs and others were more solemn, but it didn’t matter because the crowd would yell and scream no matter what she did or said. Tori announced that this next ballad would be a quiet one and that it was one of her favourites ever written. The crowd began to shush each other as she sung a cover for The Beatles’ Blackbird. One of my favourite parts was as she was talking about being signed at 12 years old and having to deal with the pressures being in the music industry so young, a random ‘YOU’RE SO SEXY’ bellowed from the crowd which sent Tori into a little giggle fit as well as the rest of the audience It was hilariously adorable! Another was when she took out her phone. All her social network followers knew what was coming…an instavideo! Tori deliberated with the crowd on what to say and what to put as the caption, even what emoji to use. We all collectively agreed on wishing a Happy Birthday to her Mama-Kells and captioning the video ‘I LOVE TORONTO!! #nofilter kissey face emoji #turnuptoronto’.
Ms.Kelly closed the show with her most recent hit Dear No One which I swear every single person in the crowd knew the lyrics too. She took a moment to touch hands with the people in the front, wave goodbye and so our angel disappeared into the darkness as the lights dimmed.
That had to be the most intimate show I’ve ever been to. It felt as though one of my friends were up on stage. She laughed and spoke back to the audience when she could decipher what they were saying and even shot back ‘I love you’s’ several times. Tori announced that this definitely won’t be her last time in Toronto and I look #foreword to watching her perform in the future.