Charlotte Cardin

Agora des arts, Rouyn-Noranda QC, September 1

Charlotte CardinAgora des arts, Rouyn-Noranda QC, September 1
Photo: Matt Williams
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Charlotte Cardin's minimal, jazzy R&B is deeply intoxicating, and translated perfectly to the serene ambience of the Agora des arts in Rouyn-Noranda. While the packed crowd's start-of-the-festival restlessness was tough to quell, Cardin's effortlessly magnetic stage presence managed to calm even the rowdiest of spectators with faithful renditions of tracks from her Big Boy EP alongside her two bandmates.
 
The most obvious reference point for Cardin's sultry vibes is Amy Winehouse — they share incredibly similar vocal inflections, as playful as they are heartbreaking — but Cardin filters herself through the sleek sheen of this era's electronic music, too. The result is a voice that hasn't yet hit its inevitably bewitching peak, but is plenty dazzling (and original) already. She was all smiles between songs, clearly grateful for the rapt hush of the audience, and they made it clear they were just as grateful for her performance with a standing ovation as Cardin and her band took a final bow after her stark, piano-driven ender.

 
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