rhythm.connection SPECIAL FEATURE: A Night with Wanting Qu (曲婉婷) in Toronto

Hello rhythm.connection readers! Been a while – but not without reason! After months of secrecy on our end, we revealed last week that we would be attending the Toronto show for one of China’s rising singing stars – a Vancouver native and a pop icon in her own right. For your reading and visual pleasure, here is our recap of the Toronto stop of singer-songwriter Wanting Qu’s “Say The Words” tour.

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Hosted at the prestigious Queen Elizabeth Theatre, the 30-year old Harbin and Vancouver native, signed to Nettwerk Music Group, would be making her second trip here as a singer (1st was back in 2012). Performing songs off her latest record “Say The Words”, as well as songs from her last album, this concert was something we here at RC had been anticipating for a while. On a cold Thursday night, people filed into the QET, anticipating Wanting’s performance. Opening the show for her was another young Canadian singer, Cody Karey. While we were not able to get photos, we did enjoy hearing him perform. At around 9, Wanting finally appeared on stage to fans.

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Switching between guitar and piano, and with an amazing tour band behind her, Wanting performed her songs like “Time, My Friend”, “Love Ocean”, “Us Under the Sunshine”, “Exit This Way” and “Sing for You.” The energy and charisma behind her performance was truly magical and showed a very sincere person underneath the performer. In all honesty, she is one of the most genuine and honest songwriters I’ve had the pleasure of seeing in a while. She even managed to surprise the crowd with a cover of Queen’s “We Will Rock You”, weaved carefully into her performance of “Exit This Way.”

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Ending the concert with a two-song encore, she left fans with her two most well known songs – “You Exist in My Song” and “Say The Words”. As I left the concert, I was left feeling not only very content, but inspired by someone so honest and outspoken. Wanting, thank you for being you.

 

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To view the full photo album, please go to the following link (photos taken by our brother venture JTR Photography):

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Until next time,

J.

 

 

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