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Chutzpah! Festival Celebrates Diversity With Multifaceted International Programming

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by Yasmine Shemesh In Hebrew, chutzpah means “brazen audacity.” As such, it’s fitting that the term would be the namesake…

Concert Review: Mr Eazi Live at The Commodore Ballroom

Friday 19th, April 2019 / 13:19
By April Summers

Photo by Tenzing Lama

The Commodore Ballroom
April 18th, 2019

Fresh on the heels of his Coachella debut, Lagos native Mr Eazi’s Life is Eazi tour of the West Coast would not have been complete without a stop in Raincouver.

Photo by Tenzing Lama

Mr Eazi, real name Oluwatosin Oluwole Ajibade, has blown up on a global scale since his appropriately named debut mixtape, About to Blow in 2013. When an artist is repeatedly recruited to feature on tracks for the most successful and internationally recognised acts in the industry, it is a solid indicator the artist in question is one to watch. From world renowned party starters Major Lazer, to UK drum n bass quartet Rudimental, Mr Eazi has been on call to assist with the biggest pop hits of the last year.

Bouncing onto The Commodore’s stage, still sporting his backpack, the star made it clear he had been itching to get the party started. His boisterous and animated presence was lapped up by all in attendance, overjoyed “It’s Your Boy Eazi” had returned to Vancity for the second time in 12 months.

Photo by Tenzing Lama

Mr Eazi, as his name would suggest, emits chilled vibes while managing to simultaneously keep it playful and high energy. Over the course of the night, the Lagos to London star took great pleasure in acknowledging each and every fan in the front few rows; fist bumping the guys, winking cheekily and hand holding with the girls. It was clear a Life is Eazi show is not possible without interacting with a high energy audience.

After an onslaught of Afro-pop crowd pleasers had brought the house down, proceedings were slowed down for a brief R&B break. It was during this interlude Eazi brought one particularly excited female fan onstage to serenade her to the tune of Tamia’s So Into You.

It wasn’t longer until his foot was back on the accelerator and we were transported into the West African heat with a sing-a-long rendition of Dabebi.
Long time listeners were treated to a perfect track list spanning the artist’s whole career while also including his more well known hits, such as Skin Tight and chart-smashing collaboration with Major Lazer and Rudimental, Let Me Live.

Unrelenting and fiercely energetic, the star bounded across the stage with a carefree glee only a man with his stage name would possess, leaving Vancouver spellbound and eagerly awaiting his next visit.