If you’re into Feist, chances are you were at Saturday’s sold-out show at Massey Hall, stink-eyeing anyone bragging within earshot about getting into last week’s much smaller and much secret-er show at Cameron House. Like we said, we didn’t get in either (nor did we get into her impromptu show at Rivoli, but since that’s like quadruple the capacity, it’s quadrupley less interesting). BUT! we did manage to track down one of the 50-odd people who witnessed this supposed fairytale magic that was the tiny little Queen West one-off, a Torontoist reader named Michelle who would like her last name to remain sexily mysterious. And that suits us just fine, so long as we get to share her pretty pictures and video, and a little firsthand commentary.
So according to a mishmash of accounts from various readers including our spooky mononymous source, the scoop was that a documentary crew was present at the show, shooting a silhouetted Feist playing acoustically behind some weird tissue paper-looking thinger, backed by guitarist Afie Jurvanen. The 90-minute set included just four of her own songs (“My Moon My Man” , “Now At Last,” “Intuition,” and “Mushaboom” as an encore), but was otherwise chockablock full of covers and unrecorded material. Suitably, Broken Social Scene members were in attendance crossarmed at the back of the room.
Says one commenter:
Feist performed 95% of her show behind a white paper sheet while bright lights created interesting silhouettes. Artists (who I believe did the projection work for her Sony Centre performance in May) painted and drew all over the white sheet finally ripping it down on Feist’s last song. Two uplifting moments of the show were when a hole was cut in the paper and small lanterns were held through the whole while audience members went up and distributed them throughout the whole audience lighting up the room…It was evident from the binder she had in front of her when the white sheet came down that this evening was more about trying out new songs than the performance Feist usually gives.
See, it’s like you were there. Who needs a secret show? Not you. Not us. But if you still want to see Feist live for whatever reason, she plays again tonight at the ACC (go go gadget iPod ad) with Hayden. Tickets still available. We’ll try not to miss you this time, polkaroo.
Photos, and video of “My Moon My Man,” by Michelle. And as an added bonus for making it this far, gentle reader, here’s her video of “Anti-Pioneer” from the Rivoli.