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Tyler, The Creator Moves Mountains And Shakes The Earf On Igor Tour 

Tyler, The Creator Moves Mountains And Shakes The Earf On Igor Tour 

By Darrole Palmer   October 15, 2019 Pacific Coliseum   Tyler, the Creator has taken his alter ego, Igor, on the road and he’s making all the…

Westward Music Festival Celebrates Action-Packed Weekend of Breakout Acts in Downtown Vancouver

Wednesday 18th, September 2019 / 10:21

Celebrating a successful third year, Westward Music Festival’s stacked roster of talent echoed loud throughout its four days at multiple venues throughout Downtown Vancouver, including the Vogue, Imperial, Queen Elizabeth Theatre, the Biltmore and even two free outdoor stages that were running in full force on Friday and Saturday in Yaletown. BeatRoute was there for all of it and these are our favourite shows from the action-packed weekend.  

Thursday, September 12
The Vogue Theatre 

Leikeli47 | Photo: Darrole Palmer

If you didn’t know anything about Leikeli47 before attending her show, her coming on stage in a full face mask, with all black sweat suit might not have prepared you for the positivity and energy that this show would eventually provide.  Her first few songs, opening with “Wash % Set” might have had fairly minimal beats but her energy more than made up for it, immediately driving the crowd (a delightfully mixed crowd for a rap show) into a dance frenzy.   

The party never let up.  For “Post That” from her most recent album Acrylic, she grabbed people from the crowd, initially an adorable young man who vogued wonderfully, followed by his friends as well. The party did not relent despite the stage guests all requiring selfies with their new queen. 

She played an energetic set from both her albums with “Girl Blunt” clearly a fan favourite coming towards the end of the set. Her connection to and love of her fans was obvious and made for a wonderfully love-filled vibe.  She had a great dancer join her on stage for the last few songs and his voguing was spectacular and just added to the energy of the evening.  Ending the set with crowd favourite “Money” made a late show on a Thursday night seem totally worthwhile. 

• Graeme Wiggins
Thursday, September 12
Rickshaw Theatre 

Lissie | Photo: Tenzing Lama

The smooth, velvety voice of Lissie might remind you of a modern day Sheryl Crow. She had everyone dancing in the packed Rickshaw, especially during her hit “In Sleep,” which was highlighted with an extended guitar solo. 

• Darrole Palmer
Friday, September 13
Queen Elizabeth Theatre 

Joji | Photo: Darrole Palmer

Goofball R&B superstar, former YouTube king and inventor of the Harlem Shake, Joji casually strolled onto stage eating Tostitos and salsa, but his nonchalant attitude does not match his songs. The 26-year-old’s songs are filled with sad-boy themes like heartbreak and depression that will leave your heart aching. 

• Darrole Palmer
Emotional Oranges
Saturday, September 14 
The Vogue Theatre 

Emotional Oranges | Photo: Michaela De Ciantis Wong

Westward fest was the kick off for the Very Emotional Tour, Emotional Oranges played with a silhouetted light set up to give a very moody feeling to the Vogue Theatre. The lighting concealed the identity of the duo who played like they were the only two in the venue. 

• Michaela De Cantis Wong  
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Reuben and the Dark Harness the Power of Vulnerability on Un|Love

Reuben and the Dark Harness the Power of Vulnerability on Un|Love

By Sebastian Buzzalino Vulnerability through artistic practice is largely about opening up spaces: within the artist to explore difficult or…