Lady Sovereign at Club Revival, Saturday, December 3
Any doubts about the hype surrounding Lady Sovereign should be more than cleared up after her solid performance Saturday night. The self-proclaimed biggest midget in the game had the admiring crowd wrapped around her pint-sized finger.
Opener DJ Ghislain Poirier got the crowd hopped up on a dirty mix of grime and garage before the SOV came on with an incredibly tight and charismatic performance (some minor technical difficulties aside). Underground favourites like Random and Ch Ching had most of the crowd singing along with the foul-mouthed MC, while newer material like Hoodie came across just as well.
Sovereign probably wouldn't be getting this much attention if she couldn't hold it together onstage, but her flow was bang on, and between that and her gripe about her own stinky armpits and proud announcement that she was officially drunk, what's not to love?
Upcoming: Musical karmic boost
Hey, all y'all goodhearted souls, it's that time of year! Free candy canes, Rudolph the Red-Nosed muzak in stores and a bonanza of benefits across Toronto. This week offers many options for hearing good music while doing mitzvahs, but here are some highlights.
Sunday (December 11), the BeBop Cowboys , Melanie Doane and more get rootsy for charity at the Music Hall (147 Danforth) in the annual Riverdale Share Concert (www.riverdaleshare.com). Same day, but across town, check out the Cadillac Lounge 's (1296 Queen West, 416-536-7717) Songwriters' Expo Xmas , where Mia Sheard , Selina Martin and other tunesmiths help out Child Find.
Tuesday (December 13), the Parachute Club , Snow and others team up for the eclectic House Party benefit for the homeless at the Berkeley Church (315 Queen East, www.houseparty2005.com).
And Wednesday (December 14), join the fab Holiday Jam at the Phoenix (410 Sherbourne), where Sarah Harmer , the Tragically Hip, Matt Mays , Sam Roberts and other heavies raise cash for Sick Kids Hospital (416-870-8000).