Wednesday, September 25, 2013

The Big Sound @ Celebration Square, Mississauga (September 7, 2013)


  The Big Sound: photo by Michael Ligon

It was with great pleasure to have Toronto Motown/soul Collective The Big Sound come to my 'hood to play Celebration Square in Mississauga as part of an end of summer bash. Having honed their skills now for the past two years having had a semi-periodic residency at The Great Hall in Toronto as well playing sets during The Toronto Jazz Festival the past few years and down at Harbourfront Centre this past Canada Day, Mississauga got a taste first hand of a group of musicians whose love for Motown and soul really shone through. The musicians, which were numerous, including multiple horn players and string instruments, were competent but like the original Motown and soul acts of yesteryear, it's the vocalists who really shined, particularly on songs such as James Brown's "It's A Man's Man's Man's World", Aretha Franklin's "Think" and Al Green's "Let's Stay Together". I felt more than a little disappointed that a large number of crowd wasn't dancing [I blame that partially on the organizers who put out chairs], and even at the light-hearted prompting of one of the female vocalists who jokingly announced something along the lines that the Beaver Tails food truck off to the side was now closed, that still didn't seem to convince people. In any case there a was small but loyal contingent of participants near the front more than willingly to dance and or clap along and take up the slack. Overall, it was a pleasure to see the band in my neck of the woods, and will hope it won't be the last.

Check out a review of the show over at The Medium. More photos over at Mississauga.com.


  The Big Sound: photo by Michael Ligon


  The Big Sound: photo by Michael Ligon


  The Big Sound: photo by Michael Ligon


  The Big Sound: photo by Michael Ligon

Photos: The Big Sound @ Celebration Square, Mississauga (September 7, 2013)

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