Get revved up for Lights Out

MillSt-2Earth Day isn’t quite here just yet, but an intimate crowd at the Rivoli in Toronto got a sneak peak of what’s to come during the media launch for Mill St. Brewery’s annual Lights Out event.

In honour of Earth Day, the brewery has rallied more than 130 bars across Ontario to host Lights Out with Mill St. events. Each venue features a series of acoustic musicians performing in a candle-lit room.

What’s more, the brewer donates 50 cents of every pint sold to environmental efforts. In the last two years alone, they’ve raised $300,000.

The ambiance at the Rivoli on Saturday night was nothing short of lovely. Twinkling strings of lights were hung from the ceiling and candles were littered around the room.

SigrunStellaSigrun Stella took the stage first. Her calming and soothing guitar, and sweet yet commanding vocals were perfectly punctuated by great stage presence. Stella played a number of originals, including some new tunes she’s readying for her in-the-works album.

“Voices,” for example, was soft and sweet, with poignant lyrics, while “Hollywood” showed off her great vocal range.

A fun and powerful song, “24” was a reminiscent about going back to that particular age. “Follow You Home,” meanwhile, was – in Stella’s words – a weird song, but a fun and dark one, too.

Joshua David took the stage next. His strong, deep vocals, which easily switched between a heavy growl and a soft hum, were perfectly complimented by his loud and full guitar.

“Rainy Monday” featured quick lyrics and a full sound with vocals that warble eloquently between a gritty growl and a throaty hum. “Country It Up,” meanwhile, had a bass-y feel, its twangy guitar partnered with straight country lyrics for a foot-stomping tune.

JoshuaDavidDavid slowed it down with “One Shot,” letting his beautiful lyrics and stunning guitar riffs take the spotlight.

He rounded off his set with an amazing Michael Jackson cover, bringing a fantastic Southern Gothic flare to the beloved “Billy Jean”.

(Logan Nubs Brown and Angela Saini also performed at the event. Unfortunately my cold significantly shortened my night. But both Brown and Saini are amazing artists. Check them out here and here.)

Earth Day events will take place on March 19, with special Earth Hour performances starting at 8:30pm.

For more on Mill St. Lights Out events, click here. And click ahead for more on Sigrun Stella and Joshua David.


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