Alex Cuba North By Northeast Toronto ON June 11 to 15

Armed with only an acoustic guitar and his trademark throwback afro and sideburns, BC resident Alex Cuba put on a stylised and surprisingly rhythmic showcase of soul, rock, and blues-inflected Latin tunes for the mixed crowd of Toronto’s oddly-anointed Tattoo Rock Parlour. The punctuated twang of Cuba’s dynamic guitar work filled the room as the singer jumped around between attitude-rich, upbeat one-man jams and expressive ballads, his Off the Wall-era Michael Jackson mannerisms giving cause to the ’70s ’do. Though half of the spacious venue carried on chatting throughout, the singer’s overt passion for playing proved a pleasant reward for more attentive fans.