Andrea de Boer’s band blueVenus gave us an incredible set at Velvet Underground as Canadian Music Week kicked off last night, moving the audience with their joygasmic fusion of jazz, blues, pop and Motown – with evocative lyrics, amazing musicianship and stellar vocals from de Boer. blueVenus includes de Boer on vocals and violin, Luke Roberts on guitar and back-up vocals, Mason Stoner on bass and Colin Kingsmore on drums.
From the title track of their CD Grin through “No Time To Waste,” this was an energetic, charismatic set – and de Boer beckoned us closer to the stage right off the top, creating a warm and intimate space for the sounds to live. And you cannot stand still while listening. Heads bopping, feet tapping, the audience was digging it. If you haven’t heard this band, do yourself a favour and check out the blueVenus website and YouTube channel.
Canadian Music Week is up and running all over T.O. until March 24, so get out there and support local talent.
In the meantime, here are some pics from last night’s blueVenus gig. Enjoy!