Toronto continues to thrive as a tastemaking capital of music, producing some of the best artists today.
Considered to be one of the most talented breakout artists of this year, Daniel Caesar has made a name for himself without the help of any major music label behind him.
Unexpectedly announcing his tour and selling out tickets the day his first studio album Freudian released back in August, the R&B and soul crooner made his first New York stop (of two) at the Music Hall of Williamsburg on Thanksgiving Eve.
The show’s opener, Snoh Aalegra, carried a similar vibe that complemented the main act that followed. Singing songs off Feels with a medley consisting of Joe’s ‘I Wanna Know’ and Travis Scott’s ‘Goosebumps,’ the Swedish songstress ended her set by setting the tone for the night – exciting and intimate.
As the drum banged the same time the first guitar chord played, Daniel Caesar and his four-piece band immediately appeared amongst a full house to perform ‘Japanese Denim.’ The singer-songwriter then proceeded to perform the whole Freudian album with some throwback hits like ‘Death & Taxes’ and ‘Violet’ in between.
Ending the night with his hit ‘Get You,’ the jam-packed venue united together as one singing the song that only further proved we can all agree on being thankful for something. Music.
Words and photographs by Lai Frances