Saturday night at Montreal’s Cabaret du Lion D’Or was a pretty magical night. I do feel a little sad for any fan of Jay Malinowski who missed the show. For any music fans, actually. But intimacy was a key element to the magic of that night, and any bigger or busier venue would have changed the entire concept of it all.
Jay Malinowski wasn’t the only star of the show, sharing the stage with a handful of extremely talented musicians from Montreal and Vancouver. First in the mix, I was pleasantly surprised to hear the Murray A.Lightburn would open the show, the singer of The Dears having just released a solo album. Playing acoustic versions of his songs, accompanied by the Deadcoast, and later joined by Patrick Krief for a brief Dears song, Murray Lightburn was able like no other to set the stage for the night to come, with his deep and dark melodies. Having toured withMalinowski for the better part of the year, Patrick Krief, also of The Dears and solo work, graced us with a few of his own material throughout the show, and I must say that his material onstage with the band does not stray to far from Malinowski’s work on Martel. And last but not least, The Deadcoast, who sat on stage for the better part of the night, three musicians, three string instruments, three in sync geniuses. From Bright Lights and Bruises to Martel, no one needs to point out how much beauty Jay Malinowski‘s music was able to gain by adding The Deadcoast behind him.
And in the middle of it all, bringing everything together with incredible ease and sincerity, Jay Malinowski. Raspy voice and all. Looking extremely pleased to be sharing the stage with such a talented bunch, to be playing the last show of his tour in Montreal, to be able to so intimately talk about each of his songs, about his roots, about his family, about his heart breaks, even about his dog. He did not disappoint, slowly leading to exchanges between him and the crowd, and finally to the entire Cabaret to stand still for nearly 3 hours.
About Isabelle Royer
Has only been in Montreal for a few years now, but has learned the few important lessons of never biking behind a delivery truck, never flashing loose change on a street corner, never thinking a pigeon will move for you, and never taking the metro while in a hurry. Writing is a great way to share deep and life-changing experiences like these.