Prairie girl Kinnie Starr brings light to Rivoli
Kinnie Starr, the activist singer/songwriter from Calgary, Alta., has returned in a very strong way with her latest studio releast From Far Away. Starr made a Toronto appearance Oct. 15 on her supporting tour at the Rivoli on Queen St. West downtown, a venue she cherishes dearly.
“I’ve played here many times before,” said Starr before the show. “I love to see that classic places like this in Toronto are still alive and housing great music.”
The album, which was just released on Sept. 30, raises to light many current affairs plaguing not only our great nation, but also the world as a whole. One song especially was written to the tune of a specific drum. “Save Our Waters,” featuring Ja$e El Nio, is all about conservation of our natural resources.The lines from the song Save our waters/for our granddaughters… reflects heavily on society as whole to preserve what we cherish most for future generations, not just our own kin.
“I’m glad you brought this up because it’s a very serious issue,” Starr said after being asked about the single. “I’m glad people are taking it seriously.”
Another great song from the album is “Summer Day,” which is all about just day, enjoying the cool calm breeze of a Summer’s day, and all the joys that come along with it.
“I’ve always written feel-good music, I love making people happy, or to brighten their days with music.”
The room filled up around 8 p.m. just before Kinnie Star was to take the stage. This being her first cross-country tour since the release of her last full-length album A Different Day, she seemed a little anxious, but she definitely is a veteran and pulled her set off with ease.
The Rivoli isn’t a huge venue to play in, but it’s definitely an intimate one, and Star had the crowd for the entire evening. No one left empty handed, and everyone took home a message to spread from the words of Starr.
Story by Devin Size Photos by Ftfphotography