Vancouver welcomed Khalid and the ‘American Teen’ tour with a sold-out show
Vancouver, BC – This past January we had the opportunity to speak with newly signed RCA Records artist Khalid at the early launch of his career. His viral single, “Location” was still in a phase of growth as it climbed in views on YouTube and on the charts. Our conversation took place minutes before his intimate show at Toronto’s Mod Club – a venue that is notable but still humble in size. Fast forwarding only 6 months later, Khalid made his return to Canada this past Thursday – headlining his own tour and selling out numerous dates along its’ path.
Vancouver similarly reacted with enthusiasm from the masses, and tickets sold-out weeks in advance. Watching the growth and rise of this artist has been particularly inspiring to anyone who has come in contact with his music. Khalid is truly an artist who is authentically himself to the core. His compassion and empathy for others can be felt through everything that he does and in all of his interactions with his fan base. It’s these qualities of self-acceptance and self-awareness that have translated into his deserving and overwhelming popularity. It’s safe to say that he’s adored by many, and on Thursday evening Vancouver got a front-row seat to experience the magic that is the American Teen Tour.
The stage was set with a classic car, American Flag light display, and team of dancers clad in cheer-leading outfits. Performing without an opener, Khalid was enthusiastically greeted by the screams of hundreds of fans (and young girls) who showed up in numbers for the all-age event. The vibes were warm and surged with the feeling of community as he played through the tracks from his debut album, American Teen.
Most memorably, Khalid withdrew dance moves that have become his signature at all of his live shows. His energy was contagious, and his introduction with “American Teen” held new optimism and hopefulness to an already eager, and bright, crowd. It was an unforgettable show of positive energy, and we don’t doubt that his next return to Vancouver will be for an arena show.
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Review and photography by Kira Hunston for HipHopCanada