Coeur de Pirate The Great Hall, Toronto ON, June 13
Published Jun 14, 2013Montreal's Coeur de Pirate (aka Béatrice Martin) has plenty of gumption. For her Great Hall show she faced down an airy — albeit packed — venue with just a piano and a microphone. Sure, a kick drum from the basement set an out-of-time pace and a general din obscured the sound, but she was undeterred. Writ live on 88 keys, Coeur de Pirate's set emphasized the relative diversity of her canon, moving between jaunty and bleak and back again. Throughout, her pretty Franco pop showed off a marked confidence, which came to the fore on a standout cover of "You Belong to Me." For the track, Martin stretched her legs, infusing the vocals with a fittingly dusty and worldly lilt. She closed — somewhat begrudgingly — with de facto hit "Commes Des Enfants," which resulted in a sing-along session. Though it could have benefitted from a little tumult — or a rhythm section — it was an assured and relatively intimate set from a charismatic artist.