The Start of Something Big – Alessia Cara at Union Hall
By Amber Petersen
Walking into Union Hall tonight, I didn’t know what to expect. Alessia Cara, a R&B/Pop singer from Brampton, Ontario is on her first tour – and happens to be wrapping it up right here is Edmonton. She gets on stage right on time, to a devoted flock of about 300 fans. Famous for her sleeper hit “Here”, I wasn’t expecting the crowd to sing-along much but right from the beginning, with “I’m Yours”, the crowd was loud and energetic.
Alessia Cara drew off of this energy with ease as she bounced around the stage, working the crowd between songs, like that of a seasoned pro. With passion, energy and a killer set of pipes, she rocked a full set of her own songs, including her latest hit “Wild Things”. She showcased her versatility, transitioning from her well-known pop to skillful R&B (“Four Pink Walls”) and slower ballads (“River of Tears”, “Stars”).
It’s easy to forget that Alessia Cara is only 19. She sells herself for her music, her lyrics and her voice. Wearing a humble Know-It-All Tour tank top, cardigan and jeans, she pauses near the end, before “Scars to Your Beautiful” to remind the enamored crowd that “those things you hate about yourself, are the qualities that someone else finds the most beautiful about you. But it isn’t even about that – it’s about what you leave behind.”
Emotional, thankful and humble, Cara thanks the crowd one final time for making her first tour possible before ending her one song encore. I’m excited to have a Canadian artist on the scene that is so mature, humble, and aware. A role model for her fans, and a truly talented writer and singer – I have a strong feeling that this is the start of something big for Alessia Cara.