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May 2, 2016

Hedley #HelloWorld Review

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By: Kishan Mistry

 

Hedley’s #HelloWorld Tour made its much anticipated stop in Toronto as they graced the Air Canada

Centre with their presence along with supporting acts Carly Rae Jepsen and Francesco Yates. The all

Canadian lineup was set to play in front of an almost full capacity crowd of passionate fans, both young and

old, who were about to experience a night to be remembered.

The night was kicked off by Toronto native Pop – R&B artist Francesco Yates. Despite Yates only being 20

years of age, he looked like a seasoned preformer and took full command of the arena playing songs off

his self-titled EP which was released last year, including his radio hits “Better To Be Loved” and “Call”.

His performance was fueled by soul and funk and got the crowd moving and bobbing their heads in

rhythm setting the tone for the remainder of the night. Before his set came to a close Yates took a

moment to talk to the audience and mentioned that he attended his first concert at the ACC and he was

humbled to be performing. Yates’ performance ended with a homage to the recently passing Prince, as

he covered “Purple Rain” to end off his night.

To my surprise after an extremely quick set changeover; Carly Rae Jepsen took the stage to keep the

night rolling. As the direct support to Hedley, Jepsen had a 40 – minute set slot to give her fans a

memorable performance playing songs off her last two album releases. She got her set started opening

up with track off her latest studio album Emotion including; Run Away with Me, Making the Most of the

Night, and “E•MO•TION”. Halfway through her performance she took a minute to talk and noted that

she was the only female artist on the bill, before breaking out into performing her latest single Boy

Problems. As her set came to a close, I could hear a hint of anticipation arising around the arena and the

sound of fans whispering to each other “When’s she gonna play Call Me Maybe?” Without further ado

she ended off her set with her radio hits Call me Maybe and I Really Like You which was without a doubt

the audience’s favourites.

Growing up Canadian I’ve always had a soft spot for pop-punk/pop-rock bands from the Great White

North. My youth was a soundtrack was filled with bands like Sum -41, Simple Plan, and of course

Hedley! Formed in 2003 the band has made leaps and bounds over the several years of being active

headlining 5 major tours and receiving countless accolades; Hedley has definitely become a household

name in regards to current day Canadian music scene. After seeing Hedley a couple of times prior I was

excited to see what the quintet from Abbottsford, BC had in store for the night.

Their set got started by playing a rather extensive video intro on the LCD screens; spoofing the opening

theme of what seemed like Full House. As the video intro came to a close, the band came storming onto

stage electrifyingly opening their set up with their title track Hello to get their lengthy set list rolling.

To my surprise their setlist was comprised of songs off their 5 album discography which made their

performance enjoyable to the old hardcore Hedley fans, as well as their newly acquired ones. It’s great

to see the band still remember their roots and include their old tracks like Villain, On My Own, and

Saturday incorporated into their performance because it adds a great element of nostalgia for both the

fans as well as for the band members. Aside from playing their own tracks, the band also threw together

a medley of radio hits into their performance of Never Too Late playing a mash up of Major Lazer’s Lean

On, Justin Bieber’s Sorry, and Mark Ronson’s Uptown Funk.

As always front man, Jacob Hoggard’s stage presence is bar none as he hopped from all corners of the

stage prancing from side to side. After playing countless shows, all the members were in their own

element on stage and kept the energy going strong for their 21 song performance.

The most memorable moment of the evening was when Hoggard decided to interact with a fan that was

on her phone during the show. As instructed, the fan handed her phone over to Hoggard who then

began to scroll through the girl’s texting conversations. After a bit of banter between the clearly

embarrassed girl and Hoggard, he decided to call a boy on the girl’s texting list. The boy turned out to be

the girl’s ex-boyfriend and made for a quite hilarious phone call, which included Hoggard calling out the

ex-boyfriend for breaking up with the girl. After all the shenanigans played out, the girl was then invited

on stage to take a picture with the band to make the night even more memorable for her.

Hedley finished off their night with a four song encore playing Trip, Kiss You Inside Out, crazy For You,

and Anything. Along with memorable stage antics, a phone call to ex-boyfriends and a T-Shirt canon, it is

clear that the band has mastered the craft of commanding an audience and putting on a great live

performance giving fans every penny worth of their ticket price.

Be sure to check out the remaining tour dates below and catch them when they’re in your city!

HEDLEY HELLO WORLD 2016 TOUR DATES

5-May-16 Saskatoon, SK SaskTel Centre

6-May-16 Regina, SK Brandt Centre

7-May-16 Winnipeg, MB MTS Centre

9-May-16 Medicine Hat, AB Canalta Centre

10-May-16 Lethbridge, AB ENMAX Centre

12-May-16 Dawson Creek, BC EnCana Event Centre

13-May-16 Calgary, AB Scotiabank Saddledome

14-May-16 Edmonton, AB Rexall Place

16-May-16 Prince George, BC CN Centre

17-May-16 Kelowna, BC Prospera Place

19-May-16 Victoria, BC Save On Foods Memorial Centre

20-May-16 Vancouver, BC Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena

 






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