Show Review – Matt Dusk

Who: Matt Dusk
When: December 16, 2016
Venue: L’Astral Theatre
Where: Montreal, QC
Genre: Jazz/Big Band/Swing

Matt Dusk is hands down one of Canada’s top tiered jazz performers. Arguably Dusk can out croon, out entertain, and outperform any of his fellow Canadian rivals. From The Great American Songbook, to well-crafted originals, and even some of the most iconic Christmas songs of all time, Dusk can and has sung it all. With his latest album, Old School Yule delighting fans for the holiday season, Dusk has taken to the road to directly deliver holiday cheer and laughs in a way only Dusk himself can. Cramming multiple Canadian tour dates within a short period of time, Dusk embarked on a whirlwind yuletide tour of 21 cities and 28 concerts to bring Old School Yule straight to over 20 thousand of his adoring Canadian fans.

Stopping in Montreal to play a packed house, Dusk delivered 90 minutes of laughs, stories, and most importantly his great tunes at L’Astral theatre in the heart of the city. Dusk kicked off the first half of the show backed by a five piece band and a set list bursting with musical holiday cheer. From swinging versions of some of the most well-known Christmas songs, to acapella renditions of beloved classics, Dusk was unstoppable as he poured his heart and soul into every single note. Pleasing fans with carefully selected Christmas songs, Dusk included many of the tracks that can be found on his latest album; “White Christmas,” “Marshmallow World,” “Do You Hear What I Hear,” “Jingle Bells,” “Santa Claus is Coming to Town,” “Happy Holiday,” “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” “Dónde Está Santa Claus,” and “I’ve Got My Love To Keep Me Warm.”

For the second half, Dusk mixed things up by bringing along some of the songs that fans have known to come and love from Dusk himself. Telling stories of Christmas’ that have come and gone, the mention of his new born baby girl, and tons of pun-tastic jokes, Dusk mixed in a few of his favorite hits including; “Back in Town,” “Addicted to Love,” “Crazy Little Thing Called Love,” and a rendition of “My Way” worthy of a standing ovation. It was the moment that Dusk took the time to sing “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” with no microphone and just the piano that had the crowd hanging off of every single note.

Joined by Quebec’s own Florence K, the duo performed songs from their 2015 album Quiet Nights. Performing “Quiet Nights Of Quiet Stars” and “Ces Mots Stupides/Something Stupid” the two were completely charming and complimented each other’s vocal styling. Wrapping up his set with a calm and cool rendition of “Silent Night” truly made the evening special. The band and Dusk himself walked through the audience shaking hands and wishing everyone a personal “Thank You” and “Happy Holidays.”

Dusk is a natural performer who goes to great lengths to make his shows personal, no matter the size. Whether it is a packed venue of thousands, or an intimate theatre of a few hundred, Dusk is humble, honest, and entertaining. If you were fortunate enough to catch Dusk on the road this year, you know that you took part in something special. With the holiday tour out of the way, 2017 is a blank canvas that I am sure Dusk with fill with brand new music and tour dates.

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