While the red carpets, visiting Hollywood gliterati and the papparazzi that stalk them may be hogging the spotlight in Toronto these days, there is always music to be found around town. Combining the excitement of TIFF time with stunningly cinematic music is none other than Rich Aucoin, who will be celebrating the release of his latest album Ephemeral this Tuesday at the Drake Hotel.
An artist in every sense of the word, Rich Aucoin doesn’t just make music, he curates sensory experience. Visual, tactile and most of all musical, a Rich Aucoin performance is a spectacle that’s inspiring, uplifting and wonderfully entertaining. Confetti downpours, literal crowd surfing and parachute audience participation all come in one perfect package. I was lucky enough to ride the wave of Aucoin awesome twice in one seven day period, first while attending the incredible Emerging Music Festival in Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec over the labour day weekend, and again when the indie artist supreme helped open up the Toronto International Music Festival with an outdoor show right in the heart of Toronto’s film district on King West. That’s pretty damn lucky, even a seasoned concert goer like me.
While in Quebec, I was one of a few lucky writers who got to chat with Rich before his show. Stay tuned for reviews and more pictures from the festival and my fantastic experience there, but for now, take a listen and learn all about Rich, his beautiful music, and get excited about Ephemeral.