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January 19, 2016

Welcome home, Alessia!

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Last weekend, Alessia Cara captivated us with an incredible performance at The Danforth Music Hall!

Let me just begin by saying, “Welcome home, Alessia! We are so proud of you!” It has been quite the journey for the Brampton-born teen. Proud does not even begin to describe the feels that resulted from the show she put on during the two-night stop of her Know-It-All tour.

“It’s crazy to think that last year, even a couple of months ago, I was wondering what to do with my life and wasn’t sure if this thing was going to work out, this music career that I wanted. Nobody was playing my song ['Here'] at first. It was hard to get it on the radio and stuff and now I’m traveling the world and I’m back home and having all this amazing love from people I know; people I don’t know it’s crazy.” – Alessia Cara

With both shows sold-out, fans went insane when the 19 year-old strutted onto the stage in her black t-shirt ensemble and white chucks. Watching her dance and sing with vocals well beyond her age, I couldn’t help but think, “this is what 19 year-olds are supposed to look like.” As she bounced back and forth to each side of the stage belting out her hits such as “Seventeen”, “I’m Yours” with natural ease, she just looked like she was having the time of her life – and her audience was more than willing to join in on the fun. Alessia Cara is who she is and makes no apologies for it. She may not be the most glamorous or showy, but that’s just a part of what makes her so awesome. She’s genuine and the epitome of raw talent. Despite her rapid rise to fame, Cara stays true to herself and is not afraid to show it.

“If the world doesn’t like how you look then it’s them that has to change and not you” – Alessia Cara

This was a message to all the girls in the audience followed by and emoted in her ballad “Scars to Your Beautiful” – a sentiment for all the girls in the world who have ever felt pressured by society to look or act a certain way, herself included.

Cara took the time to thank her fans for their love and support before ending her set with her Billboard hit “Here”. Everyone was definitely happy they weren’t antisocial pessimists that night as they joined in on the undeniably relatable anthem for introverts.

She returned once more to the stage for the encore, during which Cara played her bonus song from her album “My Song” and the cover that started it all: The Neighbourhood’s “Sweater Weather”. Then, she took a Polaroid selfie with the audience – which included several friends from Brampton and even her high-school teacher! We all flashed our peace and rock-and-roll signs and screamed some more for our hometown hero.

To the girl who inspires us every day, thank you!

Check out the rest of her tour dates here.

 






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