Ron Sexsmith used to dream about one day headlining Massey Hall, so much so that for years he declined offers to open for other artists at the venue. Now his day has finally come...
Ron Sexsmith + Kathleen EdwardsCity: Toronto
Venue: Massey Hall
Toronto singer-songwriter Ron Sexsmith used to dream about one day headlining at Massey Hall, so much so that for years he declined offers to open for other artists at the venue. But, over the years, his "under the radar" records have resulted in one hell of a "under the radar" catalogue. Now, with a new album, Time Being, on the horizon, Sexsmith and his four-piece supporting cast assured themselves that their first Massey Hall performance would not be their last. Playing to a near-capacity crowd, Sexsmith took a song or two to get his bearings and let those butterflies head back over to Bay Street. A soft, laidback, folk/pop "Seem To Recall" kicked things off but a false start stopped "Disappearing Act". "I'm a little bit nervous," Sexsmith said. "This is my first time at Massey Hall." But from that point on, Sexsmith's delivery and execution stayed sharp. From soft, romantic-tinged ditties like "I Know It Well" to poppier tunes like "The Less I Know", Sexsmith shined even on songs that don't rely on the hooks and melodies he's known for. Of course, the new material showed that he still has the knack. And in spades! Although few knew "Hands of Time" or "Snow Angel", Sexsmith seemed to hit paydirt with the rather groovy "Jazz At the Bookstore".