Canadian Beats Passport – Show Review – Aurora in Toronto, ON

Who: Aurora
When: Saturday, March 2, 2019
Where: The Danforth Music Hall, Toronto, ON

Aurora made a stop in Toronto for a sold-out show as part of her 2019 North American tour. At 7pm, an hour before the opening act was scheduled to hit the stage, the line for the show stretched all the way down Danforth Ave, wrapping around the corner of Broadview. Fans of all ages packed The Danforth and prepared for an incredible show.

Hitting the stage first to open the show for Aurora was Irish multi-instrumental alternative band Talos. Their ambient and vast cinematic sound made them the perfect transition into Aurora:

From the moment Aurora came on stage, she captivated the audience with her charm, free sense of self, and unintentionally hilarious remarks. A mythical stage setup featuring giant glowing jellyfish and Aurora’s fairy-like presence seemed to transport the crowd to another world; there was hardly a phone in sight and everyone was so quiet, just listening to Aurora pour her heart out on stage. The emotion and power that came from her performance made you feel like you had experienced something so tragic, even if you truly hadn’t. Especially when she sang “Murder Song”, the audience did not dare make a sound. The show was equal parts heartbreaking as it was delightful though, and for most songs Aurora was dancing around the stage barefoot. She closed the show with “Queendom” off her most recent album Infections of a Different Kind (Step 1), which saw her raising her fist in unity with the crowd and waving around a Pride flag:

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