Arts & Culture, Features

M.I.A. Brings the Noise to Toronto

By Summun Jafri Last Thursday, M.I.A. performed an intimate concert at Toronto's Danforth Music Hall. The event wasn't highly publicized, nor was it part of an extravagant world tour, however it was a full house and a phenomenal night. Some of the songs she sang during her hour and a half long performance included old favourites such as Paper Planes and Bad Girls. The set was bright, colourful, and awesome, as was her wardrobe. A few hundred lucky Torontonians had the pleasure of celebrating M.I.A.'s birthday with her that night, which made it all that much more special. Her performance was one of my all time favourite concert experiences.  It was authentic, interactive, and such a nice departure from the Legends of the Summer Tour which I attended the night before. There's something so understated about intimate venues that truly give fans the opportunity to see their favourite musicians up close and personal. M.I.A. was great live. Just like what you see in her music videos, her on stage energy and charisma are unmatched. Here's hoping she comes back to town soon  to promote her upcoming album Matangi. IMG_20130719_004257

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