Canadian country stars HIGH VALLEY made their only Canadian stop on the current “The Highway Finds” tour presented by SiriusXM at the historic Danforth Music Hall in Toronto. Only the second night of the 20 city tour, the wholesome downhome duo wowed the largely female fans with a spirited 70 min set full of their hits and a couple of covers.
Standing at centre stage, brothers Brad and Curtis Rempel took turns on vocals and worked their butter smooth harmonies to perfection. Curtis strapped on guitars, a banjo, and played a mean mandolin for much of the show. And not just the regular everyday strumming mandolin technique, he solo’d the hell out of that tiny instrument on multiple occasions. Brad worked the whole stage spending time primarily on vocals, and gave the front row all the eye contact they wanted. Their 4 piece backing band was solid as well with ample opportunities to showcase their talents.
Standouts from the show were “A Father’s Love” where Brad discussed how his father literally bet their Mennonite family farm on the boys musical career at the start, as well as “Love You For a Long Time” with it’s a capella two part harmony intro set up before kicking into gear. Before their newly released US single “She’s With Me” Brad asked for the crowd to take out their smartphones and snap some photos for instagram using the hashtag #sheswithme, which they gladly did. The Rempel’s left the stage and got down on the crowd barricade for some up close selfies with the front row. Brad had also let them know that after the show, they would be out front in the lobby to sign whatever the fans had until every last one was done.
The one song encore featuring the Ricky Skaggs’ song “I’m Ready To Go”, saw Brad return wearing an Eric Fehr Toronto Maple Leafs jersey and bassist Dave Myers sporting a HIGH VALLEY named Toronto Blue Jays jersey. The 6 artists gathered at the front of the stage for an acoustic version of Skaggs’ uplifting tune, complete with Curtis’ faithfull Skagg’s inspired mandolin solo. As Brad told the crowd earlier, this was the most Redneck room in Toronto on a Thursday night, and the fans wouldn’t have had it any other way.
For more information on High Valley or remaining dates on the SiriusXM Highway Finds Tour visit www.highvalleymusic.com