@ THE PHOENIX CONCERT THEATRE, TORONTO
NOVEMBER 12, 2019
Australian indie-rock singer Julia Jacklin performed in front of her excited fans at the Phoenix Concert Theatre in Toronto to support her second album, Crushing. The album, released in February,isa mix of indie music with pop and rock , with lyrics about life, love, and heartbreak. With rave reviews from publications all across the globe, it’s no surprise there was a packed crowd waiting to see this talent from down under.
Jacklin took the stage solo , opening with “Comfort.” She displayed her soft vocals with stripped-down guitars, and heartbreaking lyrics. Her backing band then joined her on “Heavy” and “Leadlight.” They do a fantastic job bringing Jacklin’s vocals into the spotlight.
Jacklin’s shows are bound to be intimate as she connects easily with her audience, making small talk about the snow in Toronto as well as sharing personal stories.
A highlight of the show was when Tamera Linderman, lead singer of Toronto-based folk band The Weather Station joined Jacklin onstage for “Convention,” as the audience were treated to their beautiful vocal harmonies.
The final two songs brought out a more energetic side of Jacklin. “Head Alone” displays warm guitar riffs, which gradually picks up speed in the end. It perfectly sets up the most upbeat track of the show, “Pressure to Part”,a rock ‘n’ roll-inspired track, which Jacklin and her band performed energetically, leading the audience to break into a roar.
Jacklin returns to the stage for the encore “Don’t Let the Kids Win,” the title track of her first album. She ends the show with a cover of Avril Lavigne’s “I’m With You,” which brought some of the audience in shock and excitement. Jacklin displays her powerful vocals in the final chorus, as the audience sings along.
(Photography by Andrew Wu)