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Feist @ Bell Center - November 5th

Posted by Sarah / November 7, 2008

Feist1I'm not into hockey enough to go see an actual game and I don't usually do big shows, so I don't get to see the inside of the Bell Center very often. There's a reason why a usually choose to stay away from that place and it's not that good acts don't come to the venue on a regular basis, it's rather a matter of how it's totally void of intimacy. I've seen Feist a few years ago while she was still in her pre-Reminder era and she was already big enough to fill one of the larger Montreal venues. Back then she was good live, now she's fantastic.

I really hated being miles away from the stage, but I wasn't the only one. The place was pretty full and most of the seats were taken, which I find impressive and slightly surprising. Before the show, me and my friend were debating how many whales could fit in the giant volume of the venue (my estimate was a little scary). It must be hard work trying to fill that much airspace between you and the audience with a minimum of ambiance. I'm not really sure which artist has managed to do that, but without giant screens or excessive lighting, from where I was sitting I would've probably felt more into it if I was watching a concert on my tv set. I must admit that I would've probably hated it if it had all that though (I usually hate frilly stuff), but a few screens to see her pretty face from afar would've definitely helped.

Aside from the lack of ambiance though, the visuals that we got to see kept my eyes entertained while the music enchanted the rest of my brain. The big screen projections were really fantastic, and the artist responsible for this is apparently a former McGill student. The style was perfectly fitting to Feist's artsy and down to earth image. (Don't judge it by the video below. My cam doesn't do it justice)


As far as the music is concerned, as I said earlier, Feist has gone from great to excellent. Her live performance was absolutely flawless and the sound really did her justice even in that giant of a space. Proper credit must also be given to the gifted musicians backing her up. There was a point during How My Heart Behaves when the gentlemen's unbelievably great backup vocals and the music was so perfectly right on that I almost teared up (that happened moments before I actually before I pulled out my cam to shoot the video). It's not my favorite song on the album, but boy did they nail that one. Same goes for When I Was a Young Girl, which is a song I usually skip on my playlist, but seriously, wow! Generally, I also loved how the music deviated slightly from the record, which in my opinion, is a must during a live show. If it sounds exactly the same, you might as well stay home and listen to the record. The muted trumpet accents particularly impressed me as well.

Hayden also did a great job during his oh-so-short first part. Altogether, it was a pretty perfect concert except for the venue. It's great that she plays big rooms and all since it gives more people the chance to see her live, but I don't think it's such a good trade off. That venue's just too freakin big. I feel Feist is an artist that definitely deserves a more intimate setting. I wish we could just go back to her playing smaller venues. The National would be pretty great I think, but that's just me.

Photo and video by SarahBrideau.com

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Lorie / November 7, 2008 at 05:03 pm
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I was there, and I have to disagree with the statement "The place was pretty full and most of the seats were taken." The red section was approximately half to 2/3 full, and the blue and white sections were empty. Also, the floor (which was standing only) was only about 2/3 full. The Bell Centre capacity is 14,000. It was nowhere near "full."
Sarah / November 7, 2008 at 05:09 pm
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Well it looked pretty full from where I was sitting.
The floor wasn't full though. You're right about that.
It was "pretty full". I was there for Beck before and it was nowhere near that full. That's my comparison. I get that compared to a full capacity, it might make my statement appear false. Sorry about that.
Lee_D / November 8, 2008 at 12:16 pm
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I was on the floor, right in the middle, in the second row! Such an amazing show. It made it feel intimate and huge at the same time. And I definitely agree on the point that changing up the songs was great, especially rocking out on songs that you wouldn't expect, like When I Was a Young Girl.
Harold / November 9, 2008 at 11:27 am
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Je me désole chaques jours de l'avoir manquée...
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