Luna Li, CHVRCHES @ HISTORY in Toronto, Canada on November 24th 2021
Review & photography by Mohamad Agha
This past Wednesday night, Toronto’s very own Luna Li opened up the sold out show at the newly opened HISTORY, a venue co-owned by Drake. As soon as they started, the energy in the room was infectious. Luna, an incredible multi-instrumentalist played some of the new songs from her recently released EP Flower (In Full Bloom) such as “Afterglow”, and “Alone but Not Lonely”. Along with her band, she had just come off a tour opening for Grammy-nominated band, Japanese Breakfast. Luna’s ethereal voice carried through the entire venue and it was incredible to watch her perform in front of her home crowd. I particularly enjoyed her performance of “Afterglow” and I am definitely a fan of hers now.
The headliner was none other than Scottish trio CHVRCHES, on tour to promote the release of their highly acclaimed and electrifying new album Screen Violence: Director’s Cut, featuring songs such as “He Said She Said”, “California” and “Asking for a Friend”. Lauren Mayberry, the band’s frontwoman, came out spinning to deafening cheers from the crowd. The sold out venue was incredibly packed as CHVRCHES put on an memorable show. After having seen them on their previous tour for their previous album, LOVE IS DEAD, it felt great to see the group performing once again. The crowd seemed to hang on every word that Lauren and the group were singing, almost as if they were enchanted, it was spectacular to watch. My personal favorite of the album that they had performed was “How Not to Drown” featuring Robert Smith, and it was one of my favorite moments of the year thus far.