Photo by Bernarda Gospic
Chipped nail polish, a quirky school-girl voice, and audience conversations were centre stage last Thursday at Polson Pier's Sound Academy with a performance by Toronto band Dragonette.
Lead singer Martina Sorbara is the stuff of Canadian electro-pop dreams. Her father, Greg Sorbara is a politico-philanthropic legend in the Ontario political scene, having served as a politician since the mid-'80s, and part founder and partner of Toronto's real estate giant The Sorbara group.
Despite the long and distinguished lineage, Martina brought new meaning to the Sorbara name as she lit up the Toronto stage last Friday. The intimate and small venue hosted some engaging moments between the enigmatic lead singer who dipped into one-on-one conversations with fans eager enough to be up against the stage.
"I like the jean jacket you have there. A Canadian tuxedo. I love it," gushed Sorbara to one of her eager fans. Sorbara and her two other band members, her husband Dan Kurtz, and Joel Stouffer were at their best, receiving raucous applause and cheers for both their chart-topping hits like Hello and Pick Up the Phone, and the lesser-known numbers from their new album Bodyparts.
There were a few technical problems as the trio opened with I Get Around, but Sorbara won the audience over with her pixie dance moves that have firmly established her as Toronto's very own dance-diva.
The audience was in a frenzy for most of the night, as the crowd of early-20-something hipsters were in a feel-good party mood. Moshing, or aggressive pulling and pushing were a rarity in this packed crowd. Everyone was propelled into a state of pure fun throughout the show.
More than a cute pop-princess, Sorbara proved to be a true musically trained talent with her closing number. Her melt-your heart voice cast a spell over the audience with an acapella version of her new track Cuckoo. Fans, friends, and lovers in the audience were connected by Sorbara's charming whispers and rhymes that left everyone unabashedly able to admit they were "absolutloo goo goo" for Dragonette.