Show Review: Charlotte Day Wilson & River Tiber At The Great Hall

Story and Photos by Molly Kay

On Saturday December 3rd, Toronto natives Charlotte Day Wilson and River Tiber co-headlined a sold-out show at the historic Great Hall on Queen Street West. Its beautiful and newly-renovated interior served as the perfect backdrop for this very special event, which celebrated the new wave of the Toronto R&B music scene.

Charlotte Day Wilson’s minimalist outfit and chill onstage vibes paired well with her signature soul-infused R&B sound. Her powerful voice bellowed throughout the venue, paralleling, if not exceeding, the outstanding quality of the vocal range on her recordings. She performed tracks off of CDW, alternating between vocal interludes, a jazzy sax solo, a brand-new single, and her standout feature performance on the BADBADNOTGOOD (BBNG) track “In Your Eyes.” She finished her set with “Work,” while silhouettes were projected onto the white curtains that were suspended from the ceiling on stage. Her charisma and ability to connect with somewhat a large audience brought a distinct level of intimacy to her set. 

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Charlotte Day Wilson by Molly Kay

Shortly thereafter, River Tiber’s neon sign illuminated the venue as he and his band members positioned themselves on stage. The set-up allowed for an elaborate light show that accentuated the electrifying sounds of singer/producer River Tiber. His electronic-inspired slow jams are loaded with pulsating synth and heavy bass that resonated through the hall. He played songs off of his debut LP Indigo, notably “No Talk” and an extended version of “Acid Test.” His performance of “Acid Test” included an impressive guitar solo that highlighted his ability as a skilled multi-instrumentalist—along with tracks off of his EP When the Time is Right. Near the end of the show, he welcomed special guest Daniel Caesar to the stage for a wholesome performance of “West,” which earned a roar of applause from the surprised and delighted crowd. 

Up in the balcony, a die-hard fan sang his heart out while swaying precariously close to the edge during River Tiber’s set. His enthusiasm did not go unnoticed by Tiber and his band members, who smiled at him and extended their arms to shake his hand in between songs. For the encore, River Tiber was joined by Charlotte Day Wilson and BBNG’s Matthew Tavares for a soulful rendition of “Something” from the Beatles’ Abbey Road

Throughout the night, the artists continuously mentioned how much it meant to them to be in the presence of such an appreciative and supportive audience. In fact, 2017 is shaping up to be an exciting year for both the artists and their fans. As River Tiber prepares to go on a North American tour with hip-hop recording artist D.R.A.M., Charlotte Day Wilson has recently announced that she will be returning to Toronto on April 19th at the Mod Club Theatre. I look forward to following the future endeavours of both artists who, for me, put on one of the best shows of the year.

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