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Hawksley Workman & Hey Rosetta! @ La Tulipe - Nov 21st

Posted by Sarah / November 22, 2008

Hawksley WorkmanI'm sure that at one point while you were younger, you probably also watched the video for "Jealous of your Cigarette" and thought to yourself: no, I'm the one who's jealous of YOUR ciggie there Mr. Workman. Well I did anyway. That was a while back, but it was probably one of my first contacts with Indie music. I remember back then I pretty much listened to Much Music stuff, and strangely enough it's MM that brought me to Hawksley Workman. Well I was a teenager, you know. Jealous of Your Cigarette was the beginning of musical maturity for me. It awakened something in me. It's the point from which my entire perception of music changed. I wondered what his deal was. Read on to find out what it is...

What's Hawksley's deal? Well he's a flamboyant, joyful, passionate, down to earth musician with talent up the yin-yang. This gentleman is far from ordinary. His musical styles vary anywhere between stuff you can totally shake it to, to music you could listen to with your mother. I'm not sure exactly what it is about Hawksley's music that gets me so much. I find his funky songs full of flare with a sexy attitude to them while the softer ones touch me with delicate lyrics.

Granted, Workman's songs are not without a pretty healthy dose of "corny-ness". If lines like "put on a sweater, then you'll feel better" makes you cringe to a point of taking off running, his music probably isn't for you. But the great thing about Workman is that he's so fuckin' fabulous that he doesn't take himself seriously enough to care and doesn't feel the need to reduce any part of who he is to make his creation more... too cool for school-friendly. I won't lie and say I love ALL his songs, but for the most part, I'm pretty sure Hawksley Workman is probably one of the most brilliant Canadian musicians of his generation. I could go on enumerating the many reasons why this man impresses me to no end, but I'll stick to the point and tell you about the concert.

His music is wide open, full of Workman's wonderful liberated personality and so are his shows. It took me a mere 8 years before I got to see him perform, but what a worthy wait. Between-song-banter is probably my favorite thing about shows aside from the actual music. I feel so privileged when a musician feels enough of a connection with the crowd to let us into his head a little bit further. It's really the ultimate generosity that tops off the music, and when it's hilarious as it was tonight, you really can't ask for anything more.

Hawksley moves great on stage. He lets himself go completely and even creates while he's playing. His songs don't sound stiff and redundant. And his voice... what can I say about his voice other than "this guy's the real deal". It's just as powerfully full of passion, emotion and attitude as it is on the records. He has a hefty repertoire that kept him playing for well over two hours. It was a truly wonderful show, and might I add that La Tulipe is a gorgeous venue to welcome Workman to our sexy city.

Hey Rosetta! opened the show with a very very short set. The crowd was demanding more after it was over, which is not surprising since their album "Into Your Lungs" is the best release I've heard this year hands down. I'll be pissed if they don't win the Polaris Prize next year. Their album also happens to be produced by Workman as well. How very fitting to have them open for him. To read more about them click here or here.

Photo by SarahBrideau.com

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