Rich Aucoin The Toronto Institute for the Enjoyment of Music, Toronto ON March 10

Rich Aucoin The Toronto Institute for the Enjoyment of Music, Toronto ON March 10
Like onions on a burger, Rich Aucoin's live show is highly divisive. Depending on your take, the Halifax sound manipulator is either an annoying pastiche artist or an instant-party facilitator. For the closing slot of Live Near Bellwoods' first day, Aucoin tended toward the latter. Killing the lights and covering the windows, he explained his modus operandi -- synching projections with manufactured and found sounds and key taps -- then launched into a sing-along gig that included the most uplifting undead-related song ever. In the crowd dancing and chanting, Aucoin cheer-led for his tracks, passing the mic and hopping about while the Grinch and various Whos flickered in the background. Of course, Aucoin can barely sing -- he couldn't find the right key if he was an OCD-afflicted janitor -- but his earnestness was infectious. As always, a mid-afternoon dance party is an impressive feat.