NXNE: St.Vincent at Yonge-Dundas Square

St.Vincent is so weird, but that’s the whole point, isn’t it. When Annie Clark took the stage at Yonge-Dundas Square on  June 19, there wasn’t a dry eye in the house. Eyes were glued to the stage as she walked out with her hair in cornrows and in a black dress complete with yellow frill on the right shoulder. This is exactly what people wanted to see and St.Vincent did not disappoint.

 

 

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She had the stage set up slightly different then the other acts. There was a set of stairs closer to the back of the stage, but still centre enough for us all to see and for most of the show she played to the front of the stage. Annie went through numerous guitar swaps and had plenty of fun blasting out the riffs on those guitars, most of which were accompanied by some very “interesting” dances moves. She likes to shuffle around the stage to the beat and the pinnacle of this weirdness came about when the crowd finally realized what the stairs were for. She went up on top of them to sing, then fell to her knees and full body rolled down them, until she was upside down on the stage. At that point the crowd went nuts and you could see the love that she demanded from these people.

 

She played some older stuff and some songs off her new album like “Birth in Reverse” and “Digital Witness,” but every few songs she would stop to talk about how we were so similar. About dreams and hopes and all the things you would expect out of this strange and comforting saint on stage.

 

 

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The St.Vincent show was fantastic. With a crowd fully dedicated to this music and the good vibes all around, St.Vincent is welcome back in Toronto anytime by my books.

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