Published Mar 11, 2011Like 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.