Rich Aucoin James St. North, Hamilton ON, September 12

Rich Aucoin James St. North, Hamilton ON, September 12
Photo: Atsuko Kobasigawa
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Taking the stage after a rain delay brought a bit of downtime, Rich Aucoin was thankful to have a dry enough space to prepare his revered musical multimedia live setup. He admitted to the crowd that he was a bit stressed in putting everything together, a feeling only further compacted by his projection screen getting soaked through by the rain, the lighting crew taking a bit too long with his requests to turn certain colours on and off at a moment's notice, and a stage hand who didn't enjoy Aucoin's choice to turn one of the front stage monitors on its side to use as a pedestal.
 
Setup aside, the participation element that Aucoin's live work is renowned for didn't suffer one bit in the damp outdoors, with the enthusiastic audience fully engaged in singing their way through "Want to Believe," "Let it Go," and "Four More Years," which the man confirmed to not be representative of Canada's current election preoccupations. The giant coloured parachute was brought out for set highlight "Are You Experiencing?," with Aucoin leading the way through the song's anthemic hook to ensure the chilly evening hadn't dampended anyone's spirits.