With Hollywood Forever set as the backdrop, Emily Haines started the show in theatrical fashion. It started out as a bit of a one woman play/show, complete with a bed and other props sprinkled on stage. With suitcase in hand, Emily took stage. A voiceover version of herself taunted her, trying to pull her back. Eventually, that led her to the piano to start off the set as she jumped right into the songs.
After a few songs, her band – The Soft Skeleton, which included her Broken Social Scene band mates Justin Peroff on drums and Sam Goldberg on bass as well as her Metric cohort Jimmy Shaw on guitar, joined her. Playing both old, from her album – Knives Don’t Have Your Back, as well as new, her latest – Choir of the Mind, it was a fine tuned balance of the songs spanning over 10 years between the two records.
The songs blended in nicely and complimented each other; simple, yet complex, delicate, yet powerful, flowing like air, while cutting like a knife.