SHOW REVIEW: Hurray for The Riff Raff at the Great Hall

Alynda Segarra by Martha Segovia

Meet Hurray for the Riff Raff, who is Alynda Segarra.

As the summer night rolled on a warm, muggy day in the heart of Queen West the Great Hall was host to Hurray for the Riff Raff and supporting act, Becca Mancari.

While the intimate venue filled with history and bravado, the two acts both mixed genres of folk, Americana, alternative rock, and sounds of country. Firstly, Becca Mancari graced the stage with an acoustic guitar and a keen sense of style. The Nashville singer sang of lessons in heartbreak and traveling the US state, with commentary on the political climate in the country’s current administration. Becca managed to give a shout out to the inclusive warmth of the city with a sweet message shared with her girlfriend abroad, as she jokingly suggested to her a move to the north.

Becca Mancari by Martha Segovia

Becca and her band played a riveting set, with a resounding pedal steel guitar adding to the country-like vibes. Becca announced her full album debut is set to hit the shelves later this year, meanwhile, her single “Summertime Mama” is available for streaming now. She continued her set with outlines and stories behind each track like “Arizona Fire” emitting memories of a past love.

At 10:00 PM the lights dimmed to introduce Hurray for the Riff Raff to the crowd, the crowd ignited as Alynda introduced herself. Along with a guitar and 4 musicians, she led the crowd on a journey of sounds. Alynda also welcomed queer identified folks and gave a resounding introduction at the start of her track, likewise, Alynda surmised the American political climate with decrying racism, gentrification, fascism and more as she proudly proclaimed her Boricua heritage.

With each note Alynda’s passion was at the forefront, her unapologetic demeanor was evident as was her honest stories of life lessons most notably on the title record track “The Navigator”. As she proclaimed ancestral foundations for our lives, she also noted the strength is existing as beings throughout trials and tribulations of external forces.

Overall, the night exhibited a newly found admiration for folk rock and alternative sounds which were inviting. Both musicians honed their craft and explored topics of humanity, existing within us or in response to our experiences in life.

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The Navigator by Hurray for the Riff Raff is available now, check out “Hungry Ghost” below.


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Martha Segovia

Martha is a 20 something (cheers to SZA for that line!) youth worker by day and avid concert-goer, concert photographer and writer by night. She is a graduate of York University’s Bachelor of Social Work program. She loves rock, pop, hip-hop and R&B, you can find her trekking between north Toronto and the downtown core. You can connect with her on twitter and instagram at: xmls93 and check out her portfolio at

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