SHOW REVIEW: An Evening with Allie X, Church of the Holy Trinity, Toronto

There’s something cool about seeing an artist play in a non-traditional venue. Walking into the Church of the Holy Trinity last night, your attention was immediately drawn to the short, artsy videos being projected onto the wall, and to the small stage area (with a surprising amount of instruments) with an X featured prominently.

You might have guessed it by now, but the artist in question was Allie X – a rising dark pop artist from Toronto (Oakville) now living in L.A. The special performance was billed as ‘An Evening With Allie X’, and was essentially the re-imagining of some of her most popular songs with an orchestra. Produced by Young Offenders, the event was an interesting way to get a glimpse of Allie X’s raw talent in a more intimate, less production-heavy environment.

Featuring songs off her most recent record COLLXTION II, including singles “That’s So Us” and “Paper Love”, her re-arrangements really allowed her singing abilities to shine through in new ways. Her talent is evident on her recorded work, but stripping back some of the bells and whistles put the focus squarely on her vocal abilities. The orchestral accompaniment was a nice touch, and seeing it come together in such a beautiful visual environment was really satisfying.

You can pick up COLLXTION II wherever music is sold, and keep an eye out for our interview with Allie X coming soon!



Lisa Fiorilli

Lisa is a culture professional who has many strong opinions about music, which she also likes to share on Twitter (@LisaFiorilli) and on Ride The Tempo. Besides an undying love of CanCon, she also has a soft spot for sad guitar music and a good pop hook.

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