An awesome line-up, right? Said the Whale, The Mowgli’s, and Kopecky Family Band truly shared a night of love with their fans that night at The Opera House in Toronto. Not only did the crowd hear about Kopecky Family Band’s Heartbeat; we also found out that The Mowgli’s are “in love with love”, and how Said the Whale “know you know you know I love you”. It was a genuinely great sight to see how each of these artists loved what they were doing, how the fans loved the music, and how the bands loved each other.
To kick off the show was Nashville sextet Kopecky Family Band, a group I had the pleasure of catching up with before the show. Something that really jumped out at me when I first met the band was their radiant passion. As we walked down the street from our interview back to The Opera House, vocalists Kelsey Kopecky and Gabe Simon couldn’t even contain themselves from singing and sharing their love for old Christmas tunes with the strangers passing by. This passion was felt during their performance that night, too, along with a whole lot of soul. The highlight of their set for me was when they played their single Heartbeat, taken from their debut album Kids Raising Kids. Other great sights to see (and hear) was the band’s touching spin on Fleetwood Mac’s Tusk, and how the members were multi-insturumentalists — switching off instruments the entire night.
The last time The Mowgli’s were in Toronto was back in July, and it was great to see their spirits and tight-knit bond with one-another was still as recognizable as before. A quote I loved the last time the eight piece were in town was ““life on earth doesn’t count if you’re not having fun.” Well, fun is exactly what The Mowgli’s delivered to The Opera House. The band sang their hearts out to the crowd, working their glowing harmonies into their bubbly indie-pop melodies. It’s been noted that The Mowgli’s are a quintessential California band, and if they keep performing as bright and lively as they did for Toronto that night, that statement will most definitely live on.
Headliners Said the Whale were to take the stage next. The Vancouver-based indie rockers released their fourth LP hawaiii back in September, and it was a neat experience to see how the fresh songs worked into their set. As I stood at the front waiting for the band to come onto the stage, I heard murmurs and whispers about the band — “what do you think they’ll open with?” and “I hope it’s something off hawaiii“. Whether the fans wanted something old or new, it was a win-win for everyone. The quintet played new songs off the LP like the affectionate I Love You, and mixed in some old favourites for the crowd to go wild. Said the Whale not only conjured up a great album, for they also delivered quite the memorable performance.
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Alicia Atout | @AliciaAtout