Haviah Mighty and Lou Phelps brought the house down with their performances at the Longboat Hall in downtown Toronto this past weekend while serving as the center piece acts for this year’s Wavelength Winterfest.
Credit to Wavelength for giving Longboat Hall a very festive look and atmosphere with artistic light displays being projected on the walls and the large canvas background that was on the stage for the artists to perform in front of.
The performances occurred on the second day of the three day weekend festival which showcased various Canadian artists from different genres including indie rock to hip-hop.
Haviah Mighty was slated to be the main event for this entire festival with Lou Phelps not far behind her as the supporting act. Both artists combined blended together nicely and was a great one, two punch which the crowd loved and was left wanting more as both artists would be called back for an encore.
Lou Phelps, hailing from Montréal, lists his influences as the likes of OutKast and Kanye West which was evident during his performance. He brought out sounds which represent the new rap sound of 2020 while still maintaining the undertone of raw hip-hop heard in his lyrics.
The most amazing part of Lou Phelps’ performance was was his ability to control the crowd. At one point he impressively got the entire crowd to squat down and wait for his command to jump up when the beat dropped. I would expect to see a lot more of Lou in the near future as the word spreads across Canada.
The main performance of the night belonged to Haviah Mighty and she did not disappoint, laying down her collection of Canadian classics supporting her critically acclaimed album from 2019, The 13th Floor.
Haviah shut the stage down as usual demonstrating her immense talent to dance and perform simultaneously and seamlessly. At one point, Haviah brought her sister Omega Mighty on to the stage to participate in a few of the songs. After finishing off the set, Haviah was also called back to the stage by the crowd with a vigorous call for an encore which was obliged.
I look forward to the next Haviah Mighty project, riding the success of her last 2019 release I wouldn’t be surprised to see her entering the JUNO Awards conversation in the coming years.