Words by Pauline Nyguen
Last Saturday (May 12th), William Beckett played a show with Cara Salimando at the Mod Club in Toronto, Ontario, which I had the pleasure of attending and shooting! At seven ‘o clock, the doors opened to a crowd of about fifty people, which was much less than what I had expected, but this made the show even better because it was so intimate.
Cara Salimando played for about forty-five minutes, capturing the attention of everyone in the venue. Cara’s voice is beautiful, and without a doubt, she has gained a lot of new fans from Toronto. The crowd loved Cara and her heartfelt songs, along with her quirky awkwardness. Following Cara’s set, the stage crew brought out some interesting props: a bedside lamp, some candles and of course, William’s Macbook, which we soon found out held some interesting tracks.
The set looked like a dim apartment living room, hence the sign on the stage stating “An Evening with William Beckett.” Old fans and new fans cheered as William came out and proceeded to play his Walk The Talk EP and some old The Academy Is… songs. Between songs, William stopped to thank the crowd, as well as rick-rolling us and blasting out some dubstep tunes from his Mac! He also shared a story about how once a fan had misheard the lyrics to TAI’s “Down and Out” with “speak now or forever hold your Reese’s Pieces” rather than “speak now or forever hold your peace in pieces.” It is clear that William Beckett is genuine, down-to-earth, amazing musician.
There was a strong connection between him and the audience, and he seemed truly happy on stage. After the fantastic acoustic set, both William and Cara took their time to meet fans at merch and outside the venue, ending a great show in a great way. This was definitely one of the best shows I’ve ever been to! The Walk The Talk Tour is a tour you do not want to miss!