TIFF Party at the Drake: Rich Aucoin and Moon King
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TIFF Party at the Drake: Rich Aucoin and Moon King

You thought TIFF was just about the movies?

When you’re “doing TIFF,” days of the week stop existing. Every day is a workday or every day is a weekend (depending on how you happen to be “doing TIFF.”) When you’ve lost track of what day it is, it becomes absolutely acceptable to party hard on any given night of the week—and that’s exactly what people got up to Tuesday night at the Drake Hotel Underground TIFF party. Moon King (who sit somewhere between electro, punk, and folk music) opened for Haligonian headliner and good-times uplifting party-pop master Rich Aucoin.

Though the show got under way over an hour and a half late (conceivably due to the shocking emptiness of the room at show time), once things got started we were happy that we stuck around for the party.

What you can hear of Moon King online is a lot softer and calmer than what we experienced last night. A good number of tunes churned out by ex–Spiral Beach members Daniel Woodhead and Maddy Wilde were “world premieres.” For a band debuting so many new tracks, the duo were impressively polished and thoroughly enjoyable. A particularly lovely moment occurred when Woodhead dedicated one such debut, I Found a Body, to his friend Alex, who is new to Canada via Mexico but couldn’t attend the show due to being under legal drinking age. We’re really looking forward to seeing how Moon King develops as they continue to put out new music. (A split EP with Polaris nominees Hooded Fang is due out sometime this fall.)

Though we have no shortage of praise for Rich Aucoin and his uplifting, engaging, and interactive party-time performances, we’ve got to say that this show wasn’t one of Aucoin’s best. (It should be noted that a Rich Aucoin show, even if he isn’t on his A game, is still a joyous, mind-blowing experience.)

Aucoin made the best of what he was working with, which unfortunately included a lack of his standard wireless microphone and some finicky cables which occasionally caused his keyboard to cut in and out. The crowd still worked itself into a dancy, sweaty fervour for Aucoin’s crowd-pleasing “Push” and “Four More Years.” Most wore huge smiles as they danced, as confetti cannons exploded overhead.