Kyrie Kristmanson Montreal QC October 3 to 7

With no prior expectations, Kyrie Kristmanson blew me away. Her diminutive stature belies great talent and a charmingly quirky personality. Looking the part of her Björk influences in a fuzzy white cap, Kyrie’s fluent French labelled her a local instead of the Icelandic transport her largely a cappella music suggested. Her musical accompaniment was a male vocalist, harmonising and occasionally beatboxing or contributing finger snaps. On a couple occasions, Kyrie strapped on a classical guitar for some fiercely complex and groovy finger picking, answering the question of what Björk would sound like if she was a swamp-boogie queen with jazz training.