It was 8:45 before bizZarh went on. Combined with the surreal-ness of being in the basement of the Drake (a venue that feels a little like a cross between a high school auditorium and a night club) and the Beckett-ness of waiting for a show that was always being pushed back, it was the perfect setting for the Toronto duo's dreamlike music.
Charli Champ and Dollar Paris met when they were in high school, which doesn't seem like it was too long ago for them. Charli acted as the front woman, interacting with the crowd, reminding them to listen with their heart and "not just with your senses." Paris hung back, her voice an ethereal, hypnotic complement to Charli's mellow rapping.
They opened with "pluto.wav," a song that set the tone with the lines, "Almost anything we do, actually everything we do is awesome." Most of their songs contained references to self-love, magic, being magic, casting spells and the universe. They played an audio clip about being a rebel, spoken, as Charli explained, by "Eartha Kitt, a.k.a. my mom." They were lovely and powerful. The set ended as soon as it began. It could have lasted an infinity, and still felt too short.