I was a little bit nervous to see Rich Aucoin at the Danforth Music Hall in Toronto on Friday night. The last time that I saw him perform was at the 2012 Indies during Canadian Music Week last year. The show was so uplifting that Meighan and I decided to leave after his set so that those feel-good vibes wouldn’t fade.
As such, I had hyped him up. A lot. Could he deliver that kind of high again?
Yes, he could. And he did.
He opened the show with similar quotes – how great his crew is, how amazing Magneta Lane is, how fantastic k-os is. Then the screen (which is actually a giant parachute, his trademark of sorts) rapped philosophical: ‘Do you know how lucky we are to get to exist? We need to make this moment count – it could be our last. . .’
Then he goes into those amazing viral videos – the ones that can’t help but bring a joyous tear to one’s eye: the time that guy started a dance party at the Sasquatch Music Festival in 2006 or the guy who was so blown away by the beauty of a spectacular double rainbow.
And that’s just the start of it.
“Repeat after me!” he screams to the crowd, “Remember what we’ve been given. . .”
Then he jumps into the crowd and dances with the audience, sings to the audience, lets the audience take as many pictures and videos of him as he proceeds to perfectly perform ‘Brian Wilson Is A.L.i.V.E. (All Living Instantly Vanquish Everything)’.
He played other hits, like ‘It’ and ‘P:U:S:H’ in this same fashion.
There’s also the parachute and the confetti – but I’ll leave you to be pleasantly surprised by those the next time you go to a Rich Aucoin show.
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