Piper Hayes at The Horseshoe Tavern – Music City North

The beautiful and talented Piper Hayes performed at The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern as part of Music City North’s Queen Street Fest.

I have no idea how solo performers can do it. Standing on stage completely alone, bathed in lights with everyone’s eyes trained squarely on them…needless to say I don’t have to worry about such a thing. Thankfully Piper handled it perfectly. Her on stage demeanour is relaxed, and she looks like, wait for it…she’s actually having fun!

Many performers need to take note of this little nugget of wisdom. If you enjoy yourself, there’s a greater chance the audience will enjoy themselves!

Mind you, it also helps if you have talent, which Ms Hayes has lots of!

Check out her website to hear clips and purchase her music. http://pipersings.com/ Also be sure to keep tabs on all the great things happening with Music City North

All smiles - backstage at the Legendary Horseshoe Tavern

All smiles – backstage at the Legendary Horseshoe Tavern

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L.A. Turcotte – The Cadillac Lounge

Toronto-based singer-songwriter L.A. Turcotte performed an intimate set at The Cadillac Lounge as part of Music City North’s Festival showcase. Jumping between acoustic guitar and keyboard, Turcotte exuded a strong, sultry voice. With vocal nods to Sheryl Crow and Carly Simon, her original songs are compelling and personal, yet manage to engage the listener with inclusive, universal themes of love and loss.

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Super Geek League at Cherry Cola’s Rock’nRolla Cabaret

I don’t know much about Super Geek League. I had no idea what the hell I was getting into when I stepped into Cherry’s for the opening night of Music City North.

I encountered Super Geek League.

It was a blur. White suited brass with steampunk masks and plastic sunflowers. Ringmasters in short shorts and riding crops. A space age diva bringing down the house on vocals.

Whatever the hell they are, it was incredible. Funky, soulful and just the right amount of frightening.

Be sure to check them out back in Toronto for NXNE (June 14th)

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