Porcelain Raft Drake Hotel, Toronto ON June 13

Porcelain Raft Drake Hotel, Toronto ON June 13
Headliner Porcelain Raft, aka Mauro Remiddi, capped off the night at the Drake with celebratory spirit. He performed alongside a live drummer who used both a regular and electric kit to produce stadium-sized percussion that flooded the club from the dancefloor to the bar. Meanwhile, Remiddi played electric guitar and sang, intermittently manipulating a table full of knobs, pedals and a sampler keyboard. The end result was alternatively euphoric and cathartic, and Remiddi gave off the sense that he could get a crowd to raise their lighters in the air or start a rave, depending on his mood. Unlike earlier performer Mac DeMarco, the show was not overtly comedic, but was still a lot of fun. This gig was the last stop on a five-month tour for Porcelain Raft, and it ended with a concise and direct version of "Unless You Speak from the Heart," a single from his excellent debut Strange Weekend.