It was a very special evening on September 26th, as Seattle’s The Head and the Heart made their grand return to Toronto, to play the legendary Massey Hall. While it was the second time that the band has come through for their Signs of Light Tour, this time around was full of memorable moments for THATH-fans.
While The Shelters were originally scheduled to perform as the opener on that night, a little trouble at the border made it so that The Head and the Heart opened up for themselves! The main creative-trifecta of Head and the Heart, Jonathan Russell, Charity Rose Thielen, and recent addition, Matty Gervais, took the stage to perform a number of acoustic jams for the audience who were lucky to get there early. Performing a few originals, as well as some of their favourite covers, it was very special for all in attendance to be able to get two performances from one of their favourite bands in the same night! They even played Neil Young’s “Harvest Moon”, in tribute to his famed Live at Massey Hall 1971 record.
Once the band took a quick break, they came back out with their hit single, “All We Ever Knew”, which got fans right out of their seats. With the full electrical power finally behind them, all of the members of The Head and the Heart were ready to bring their A-game. Their blend of folk-rock and pop helped to fill out the entire room with their massive harmonies and thought provoking lyrics. It is also hard to keep your eyes off of their drummer, Tyler Williams, when he is doing his thing, because he is constantly challenging himself to incorporate more sounds and licks into his drumming. It is very impressive.
The Head and the Heart continue on with the Signs of Light Tour in Louisiana, where The Shelters will be meeting them. But you know, if they don’t make it back to the USA, maybe we will get another special performance. (A reviewer can dream right?!)