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.
Sigrun 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.
He rounded off his set with an amazing Michael Jackson cover, bringing a fantastic Southern Gothic flare to the beloved “Billy Jean”.
Earth Day events will take place on March 19, with special Earth Hour performances starting at 8:30pm.