The Danforth Music Hall in Toronto, ON
February 8, 2014
Review by: Laura Eley
Love was in the air six days shy of Valentine’s Day at Kodaline’s recent Danforth Musical Hall gig in Toronto.
Playing to an ample crowd, the Dublin-based folk-rockers charmed their way into the hearts of audience members with spot-on harmonization's led by lead singer Steve Garrigan and a modest stage presence that peaked in excitement during a (thankfully) successful live marriage proposal - apparently one of the band's first.
The foursome played a range of songs from their EPs and album In a Perfect World, including crowd-pleasers like “Love Like This” and “All I Want”. They paused frequently during their set to give singing patrons an opportunity to fill the venue in vocal unison – an action made endearing by the beaming grins on each band member’s face as they listened. Other highlights included an acoustic rendition of Sam Cooke’s “Bring It On Home” and a song inspired by their early days together – “Way Back When”. With their large, orchestral sound akin to Mumford & Sons, Kodaline proved a good match for the Music Hall’s size. The band will continue to tour North America until mid-March before heading back to Europe and then on to Australia. Full steam ahead, lads!