Valery Gore Toronto ON, March 11 to 14

Quite a fawning crowd has grown for Valery Gore since the release of her wonderful Avalanche for a Wandering Bear. She delighted a packed house with an almost flawless set of material from that album. An ensemble of horns, a percussion/electronics guy and a devastatingly smooth rhythm section helped Gore recreate the ambitious arrangements of her songs amazingly accurately while overcoming a few minor sound issues. Casual and charming on stage when not astounding with her involving piano work and vocals, Gore thankfully gave the band and the audience some extra jazz-fusion bombast at the climax of show stopper "Scared."