A collection of artists with varying levels of experience and talent gathered at Naughty Nadz in Mississauga on Saturday, for a night of live music, with proceeds of the evening going to the Mississauga Arts Council.
The night begins with Camille Hollet-French. Her soft singer-songwriter style is accompanied by an acoustic guitar. She plays a wonderful selection of politically-charged originals and well-suited covers.
Her voice is genuine and even though her nerves show a little, the supportive crowd has her belting out strong and confident by the end of her set.
Carlo Meriano takes things more in the anti-folk direction, adding sound effects off an iPad and even ending the set with a little rap; I suppose diversity is important.
Between sets, the bar begins to fill and by the time Sean Pinchin takes the stage the crowd has significantly grown.
Sean knows how to own a stage and engage a crowd. His blues guitar skills are just as impressive as his solid vocals.
The night then takes another turn with Arlene Paculan, who, accompanied by piano, plays a set of breezy feel-good tunes.
(She’s promoting her new album, I’m Worth It, which is available on iTunes)
Mark Martyre is the last performer of the evening. From far away, his appearance is reminiscent of a young Dylan. His performance is strong and captivating, and sounds extremely full for just a man and his guitar!