Five Favourite Things That Happened on the Grammys

First I’m going to start by saying, last night’s Grammys show was a long one. It wasn’t perfect but it didn’t need to be. James Cordon did a good job as host and I honestly wasn’t sure when he started with his entrance, if it was for real or not. And then he rolled down the stairs removing all doubt that this was a bit.

There were many great moments throughout the night and I’m going to give you my top five favourite things that happened on the Grammys.

1. Chance The Rapper was joined by Kirk Franklin, Francis and the Lights, Tamela Mann, and a huge gospel choir giving us a heart felt performance that left me moved.

Nominated for seven awards including Best Rap Album for Coloring Book which beat out albums by Kanye, Drake, and De La Soul. A change to the rules last year made Coloring Book eligible as a streaming only entry. Chance also picked up
Best Rap Performance for No Problem, and Best New Artist.

2. Twenty One Pilots collect their Grammy wearing no pants. For all the artists who remember where they came from, the boys took it to another level.

3. In what might be, quite possibly the most political statement on the Grammy stage, the legendary hip-hop act A Tribe Called Quest teamed up with Anderson .Paak (and Busta Rhymes and Consequence) to give us some classics, Can I Kick It? and Award Tour and some new material, Movin Backwards and We the People. Energy filled and straight to the point with their statement on the failed Muslim ban from “President Agent Orange”. To emphasize their point, groups of people of many ethnicities were brought up onto the Grammy stage, ending the performance with Q-Tip shouting “resist!”, their message is clear.

4. And in the “Performance That Made Me Cry” category, John Legend and Cynthia Erivo singing The Beach Boys, God Only Knows during the In Memoriam portion. They delivered a moving version of the song which perfectly framed the long list of people we lost in the last year.

5. Adele for so many things! Her opening performance, her George Michael start and stop, her acceptance speeches and so much more! Even with an on air curse, she’s a classy lady and I love her.

In the honourary mentions category:

Kelsea Ballerini and Lukas Graham performing a mashup of Peter Pan and 7 Years. I’ve read that some people didn’t get it, I’m not in that camp. I loved this performance and thought they blended the two songs beautifully.

Metallica and Lady Gaga it was interesting and fun! I wouldn’t want to be the person who was responsible for James’ mic failure.

Did I miss your favourite? Tells us about it.

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CMW 2016 Spotlight: Demi Louise

On Friday at CMW, early in the evening with the sun still shining and people milling around the city after work and moving from one place to another, we got to see one of our favourite sets of the week in the courtyard at the Drake 150 when Demi Louise stepped up to her microphones.

Demi Louise The Drake 150 CMW 2016We first saw Demi a year ago at The Cameron House, and have stayed in touch over the year, which is easy because she’s so good on social media, and couldn’t wait for her to come back to Canada, and Toronto for Canadian Music Week 2016… and we’re really happy she did.

Demi was sweet and charming and had everyone within earshot paying close attention as she moved through her songs. Accompanied this year by her keyboard player, the sound was well put together as she strummed her acoustic guitar and sang into not 1, but 2 microphones in alternating order.

Demi also had everyone laughing between songs as she told stories of being at Glastonbury and playing in the artist VIP for the likes of Kanye West (who told her he didn’t like country music), and Adele (who was hidden behind giant sunglasses and unidentifiable while Demi played a cover of 1 of her hits) and laughing to herself and with us as she talked.

Demi Louise The Drake 150 CMW 2016The Aussie songstress moved smoothly through a set that included Jealous Street, Neon, Rivers Run to Red (the 2014 Australian Songwriters Association Pop Song of The Year), Ruins, and Taxi Driver, which she wrote in Toronto last year during Canadian Music Week. Her voice was sweet and matches her personality perfectly, and we loved every minute of it.

As we were listening we starting imagining ways that we could see Demi more, and on bigger stages, and we wondered how great a fit she’d be on tour with Ed Sheeran – opening the show with her guitar before he comes out on stage and does his thing with his guitar… we’re thinking it’s a pretty good fit!

But no matter who she’s playing with, or which venue we find her at, we’ll be happy the next time Demi Louise is in Toronto with new songs to play for us, and more smiles and laughs along the way.

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