Monday nights in the winter are usually spent cuddling up to a fire or maybe starting a little project for the week. Well this past Monday night was a little different. Brett Kissel brought his Ice, Snow and 30 Below tour into the beautiful SOLD OUT Rose Theatre in the heart of Brampton.
The night kicked off with a couple lucky winners taking the stage to open up for Mr. Kissel. Brett had run a contest for all the dates on the tour for local artists to get an opportunity to open for him. That first artist to take the stage was Sacha for an fantastic set with a great rendition of Carrie Underwoods Church Bells seemed to be the one that stood out in my mind the most. She has a fantastic voice that we feel in time will be heard on radio across Canada.
Following Sacha was another local boy (Ajax, ON) that has been doing the rounds of all the establishments from Oshawa to Niagara carving his own path in the country music world. Kris Barclay put in an solid set but it was when he broke out his original Hungover, that you could see the crowd start to move and sing along with Kris. It was really cool to see for an emerging artists playing to some of these folks for the 1st time. The one that really had the folks singing along during his set was the cover of Queen’s Fat Bottom Girls. The crowd was absolutely eating it up. We had a chance to chat with Kris briefly at the end of the night and it was cool to hear how excited he was to get that opportunity. If you have a chance be sure to check Kris out.
And then it was time. Time for the 2016 CCMA Fan’s Choice winner Brett Kissel to hit the stage at the Rose. And boy did he. This was the 3rd consecutive sell out on the tour and there is no surprise why Brett has such loyal fans. He truly is one of the best performers in Canada in any genre. The interaction he has with the fans whether it be stopping to take a selfie with someone during the show or the stories he tells about each and almost every song of the set. He makes the fans feel they are really part of the performance.
A couple of the songs that really stood out during the performance were the heartfelt Tough People Do when he talks about family before the song it really sets it up and brings that raw emotion out before he even gets into it. The other that again was an emotional rollercoaster was his last single I Didn’t Fall In Love With Your Hair. Looking around the audience and seeing the tears and the hugs it truly is crazy what music does to the soul. There really aren’t a lot of artists today that bring that type of emotion to a show. But Brett knows how to go from the heart strings to the guitar strings with a rockin’ rendition of Def Leppard’s Pour Some Sugar on Me showed that it wasn’t all about the slow songs. Brett knows how to kick it up a notch and get the folks out of their seats. And to be completely honest I don’t think many people used their seats on Monday night. The one part of the performance that was super cool was when Brett walked out into the audience to perform IN THE CROWD. It just so happened to be my row that he got up on a chair and belted out a tune.
The Ice, Snow and 30 below tour is winding its way through Ontario and headed East. We know that there are more sold out dates and we sure hope you have a ticket to one of the final 14 dates of the tour (5 left in Ontario) Guelph, Barrie, Bellville, Toronto and Ottawa still to come.
Huge thanks to the amazing folks at The Rose in Brampton it is fantastic venue to see a show (just a little less orange light maybe) and the wicked team at Invictus & Warner Music Canada for having us out.
Corey Kelly / @CoreyKelly76
Photos: Scott Burns / @SBurnsImages