Find your winter soundtrack at Ryan Hemsworth’s Opera House show
Ryan Hemsworth seemingly came out of nowhere. Though the Halifax-bred producer has been incredibly busy for the past four years releasing a steady stream of singles, remixes and EPs, he only became a part of Canada’s collective musical consciousness after the release of his solo debut, 2013’s Guilt Trips, and its subsequent Juno win earlier this year. No more than 12 gig-packed months later, Hemsworth is releasing Alone for the First Time, a seven-track LP that proves that the DJ has a subtler, more intimate charm than his everything-all-the-time electro contemporaries. As its title implies, the new album is introspective, melancholic and lethargic. It draws on 8-bit inspirations and underground artists like Dawn Golden, who sings on the record’s lead single, “Snow In Newark.” Welcome in the cold weather—or momentarily escape it—when Hemsworth brings the rest of his wintry new tunes, along with his old hits, to the Opera House this week.
Nov. 15. $17.50. Opera House, 735 Queen St. E., 416-466-0313, ticketweb.ca.
2 thoughts on “Find your winter soundtrack at Ryan Hemsworth’s Opera House show”
Third time seeing Ryan Hemsworth in Toronto, first was at Wrongbar, second at Hoxton and now at The Opera House. I absolutely LOVE his music… but he puts on the WORST “live” show of all time. I was excited when I heard he was at the Opera House as I thought he’d finally have a setup… nope. He had the worst, lamest, dinkiest light show I’ve ever seen. With the most terribly made video ever. I get “hipster art” but this wasn’t even satirical, just boring, basic, and lame. He just stood up there and pressed play and bored the audience to death. Zero live element, no DJing, no fun whatsoever.
I totally get that it’s not going to be a crazy high energy show, his music is not about that. But as much as I love his music, third time is a strike. Cat’s like Cashmere Cat who Hemsworth owes his sound to actually DJs and puts on a live show without compromising what he does so it is possible to actually put on a good show and play this kind of music. The name of the tour “sucker for punishment” lives up to it, standing around throughout it was punishing.
Opening act Tennyson was pretty cool. Fun live element, drummer and keyboardist although you could tell they were just playing along to an Ableton track and overdubbing everything. Harrison? My lord, even worse. I saw the lighting guy pressing more buttons than him. Missed Deebs, never heard of him so no comment there.
Very disappointed. Best bet? SMH.
frankly2 before I saw the draft which had said $9775, I didn’t believe that my mother in law woz truley erning money part time at their laptop.. there neighbor has been doing this 4 only about a year and resently repaid the debts on their mini mansion and purchased a top of the range Fiat Multipla. go to,
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