A couple months ago I heard Charlotte Cardin over the radio on Indie88. It was just a clip of her live in-studio performance of her current single Dirty Dirty. That was enough for me to make note of her name to look up once I stopped driving. Her voice was amazing and not long after, I noticed she was playing in Toronto and I knew I had to be there.

The event easily sold out. The Drake is not a large venue by any means but it was a great spot to catch Charlotte, as I’m sure it won’t be long before she is packing far less intimate spaces. Opening for Charlotte on this tour is Aliocha, a fellow Francophone who is promoting his album Eleven Songs. A great folk rock/pop sound. Check out his single Sorry Eyes.

Aliocha in Toronto

Aliocha at The Drake. Photo: Mike Highfield

Aliocha in Toronto

Aliocha at The Drake. Photo: Mike Highfield

Charlotte Cardin in Toronto

Charlotte Cardin at The Drake. Photo: Mike Highfield

It was a nice mix of people at the Drake now waiting for Charlotte to take the stage. A lot of french could be heard in conversations. Speaking to some people there, I asked how they came across Charlotte. Some heard her randomly on Spotify and looked her up. Others were similar to myself with Indie88. But, Charlotte Cardin and her incredible voice and electro jazz/pop sound left a big impression on everyone.

Charlotte Cardin in Toronto

Charlotte Cardin at The Drake. Photo: Mike Highfield

Playing through all the songs off of her EP Big Boy, along with some covers. Charlotte’s “only happy song” which she felt was a little bit country, also a brand new tune that didn’t even have a name. Not a huge catalogue of music yet, but already you can tell that Charlotte is a great talent. It felt like an event that will always be highlighted in the memories of the lucky fans who got into The Drake. More than a few people were going on about how that was the best show they had ever been too. Which is pretty impressive considering it was pretty low key. That just speaks to the talent that Charlotte possesses. And if everyone thought that was good, just wait until she has the stage and production behind her at future events like WayHome. Definitely someone not to miss.

Pick up her EP Big Boy here.

Photos and Review: Mike Highfield

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Charlotte Cardin in Toronto

Charlotte having a good time at The Drake. Photo: Mike Highfield

Charlotte Cardin in Toronto

Keys for Charlotte. Photo: Mike Highfield

Charlotte Cardin in Toronto

Drums for Charlotte. Photo: Mike Highfield

Charlotte Cardin in Toronto

Charlotte Cardin at The Drake. Photo: Mike Highfield

Charlotte Cardin in Toronto

Charlotte all smiles. Photo: Mike Highfield

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