Canadian Music Week: Day 1

The Phoenix
March 2, 2005
Esthero @ The Phoenix

The Phoenix was packed with press, celebs, and the usual hipsters who wait anxiously at the front of the stage. As people schmoozed on couches upstairs with endless chatter, drinks were being bought faster than people could blink. It was obvious that this was the place to be.

Canadian acts The Trews, Thornley, and controller.controller performed, warming up the stage for Toronto trip-hop goddess, Esthero. It's been a long wait for Esthero fans, as this was the girl's first performance in five years. However, it didn't take long for Esthero to get back into the groove of being in front of a live audience again.

The stage was filled with smoke and Esthero came out wearing a black rock tee with a pink tutu, not to mention black and white striped tights. Her 10-piece band greeted her, which is made up of guitar, bass, trumpet, keyboard and saxophone players along with two backup vocalists. Esthero and her new band look like a cozy family.

Purple lights kindled the stage as Esthero danced around as if the Phoenix was a jazz-bar. She performed songs off her new EP "We R In Need of a Musical Revolution", including "Everyday is a Holiday (With You)", "This Lullaby", and the title track. When Esthero played old tunes from her first album, fans kept yelling, "I love you!" and "welcome back!"

Esthero has seemed like a ghost for the past couple of years. She first ignited the music scene in 1998 with her release "Breath from Another". Esthero's comeback album "Wikked Lil' Grrrls" has been over two years in the making. She experiments with a variation of genres, including jazz, blues, and a little bit of hip-hop. This gem's got magic and style, on top of the beauty.

After Esthero performed song after song flawlessly, she said to the crowd, "Can you tell I'm so nervous?" It's incredible she felt that way because we honestly had no clue.

Writer: Mindi St. Amand

Photo:Cecile Hibbs

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