Last month, the General Consulate of Canada put on a show for the ages! “Northern Beat”, the exclusive GRAMMY Week show featured a slew of Canadian artists, including Neon Dreams, Dear Rouge, Iskwé,and double Grammy nominee Daniel Caesar.
Iskwé (which means ‘woman’ in her native language) was up first, coming clad in a white lace outfit and her face painted in the tradition of her Cree people. She blended a unique mixture of music influenced by her Irish and Cree/Métis roots with politically charged lyrics, dark soulful R&B rhythms, electronic flourishes, and trip-hop breakbeats that made for a truly one-of-a-kind set.
“Toronto’s golden child (The FADER)” Daniel Caesar was up next, and drew a sizable crowd all eagerly awaiting his arrival. Taking the stage with just an acoustic guitar and a keyboardist, Caesar showed the crowd exactly why he earned every ounce of those GRAMMY nominations and had his devoted audience enraptured and singing along within seconds.
Neon Dreams bought the energy back up with their signature blend of high-energy electro-pop that had the crowd bouncing around in no time. NYC was just one stop on their 20+ city debut national tour of the US after making an impact on Canadian radio and racking up over 8 million streams on Spotify.
Lastly, Dear Rouge took the stage, with frontwoman Danielle McTaggart absolutely stealing the show with her dynamic stage presence and incredible blue getup. The 2016 JUNO “Breakthrough Band of the Year” tirelessly rocked the stage like a re-energized Metric, keeping a hard-to-impress industry crowd enamored.
Following Dear Rouge, many thought the evening was over, but no- Michael Moore, of all people, made sure to simultaneously entertain and confuse attendees with his special rendition of the Canadian National Anthem. Oh, Canada!
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