The Elwins curated show this past Friday at NXNE was nothing less than outstanding.
The show opened with Merival, local singer and self-proclaimed “sad girl having fun/mystical dirtbag.” Her performance was perfectly set at The Dakota Tavern with string lights, wood walls, a girl and an electric guitar. From the moment she sang her first note, I felt as though I was watching a mix of Julien Baker and Daughter. The performance was very intimate and it felt as though when you watched her play, it was just you and her sitting at home sharing stories.
Next up was Dave Monks of Tokyo Police Club. His solo project was soft and acoustic, with songs that felt they belonged on the Juno soundtrack. Everyone was in awe as he sang his folky indie tunes, and you could tell how much he was engulfed by his music as he sang to us with closed eyes and strong emotions. The entire show felt like a bunch of friends sitting around a campfire sharing some songs they wrote in their bedroom. It was the perfect end to a week full of shows.
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Hi, I’m Chelsea, and I’m a writer and photographer based in Toronto, Ontario! I love all things music and have been writing about and taking pictures of concerts for five years. Concert photography is my favourite type of photography because you can capture some of the most raw moments of artists in the place they feel the most comfortable, no matter how big or small the show. As a music lover, I listen to any and all types of music, but my favourite has got to be indie rock.