Merganzer Markham House City Building Lab, Toronto ON, February 13

Merganzer Markham House City Building Lab, Toronto ON, February 13
Photo: Tiana Feng
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After helping Steven Lambke and Tamara Lindeman close out the former's set by contributing violin duties to Days of Heaven cut "Hummingbird," once Toronto-based, now Ottawa-resident Mika Posen returned behind the mic at the Markham House to deliver selections from Mirror Maze, the debut collection of solo material she released this past November. The album is a sleepy collection haunted by ghosts, shadows and old world influence, and in its own way, so was this performance.
 
Likely more well known for her string contributions to works and performances with acts like Timber Timbre, Forest City Lovers, Feist, Broken Social Scene, and Basia Bulat, this concert saw Posen picking up her signature instrument just once over the course of her half-hour set. It was still a constant throughout, but joined here by album collaborator Katie Hurdon (Trouble Clef, Paug Lake Road) on keys and vocals, Posen instead focused on using a keyboard of her own to conjure her enchanting, organ-like chamber pop suites out of her custom string recordings, highlighting the endless resourcefulness of a musician so frequently utilized for a single task.