Ane Brun at The Great Hall, Toronto – Concert review

May 13, 2012

Ane Brun - photo credit KnotanAne Brun – photo credit Knotan

The Gig: Ane Brun
Where: The Great Hall, Toronto, Canada
When: 10 May 2012
In One Word: Love

I first heard Ane Brun about six years ago on Radio Paradise singing “To Let Myself Go”. I love the sparse guitar playing and raspy voice of this Norwegian born artist.  I had the opportunity to finally see her play live at the Great Hall in Toronto on Thursday night. I’ve been enjoying her music for the last few years and my expectations were high – Ane Brun did not disappoint.

It’s a treat to be able to see an artist as accomplished as Ane Brun (she’s won Norwegian Emmys) perform in an intimate venue like the Great Hall.  Needless to say, many of the 200 or so audience members were either Swedish or Norwegian. I know, I heard them talking between sets. But Ane Brun’s music is tinged with a very North American flavour which is why I’m surprised that she is not as popular here as she should be.

Her 1 hour 15 minute set included a few songs off her latest album It All Starts With One and I immediately fell in love with one track “Oh Love” which is as Ane said, her attempt to write the ultimate love song. By the end of the song, the audience had joined in and it was quite a moving moment. The rest of the set she played her hits like “This Voice” and “Balloon Ranger”. A sweet surprise came when she played an Arcade Fire song “Neighbourhood #1 (Tunnels); A nice acoustic arrangement that curiously seemed to make the song hers.

Wow, I can’t help but feel that I was given the opportunity to attend an event that should be shared among more people. I’m not one who likes their favourite artists to remain on the fringes and unknown – I believe in sharing the Love!

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