You might know her from her radio-popular tracks like “Habits” and “Talking Body”. However, her queen of the clouds tour treated the audience at Sound Academy to a nice long set of sexy, unapologetic tunes that had Tove Lo in full command of her fans. When she said hands up, our hands were up. In her song “Moments” she says what many of us think:
“I’m not the prettiest you’ve ever seen
But I have my moments, I have my moments
Not the flawless one, I’ve never been…
But I have my moments, I have my moments…
But on good days I am charming as f*&k”And she was, as her lyrics say,”charming as f*&k.”
I was totally smitten by her candour as she explained how she felt last time she came to Toronto, surprised by the warmth of the reception and by how many people, half way across the world, knew her music.
If you are going to use nudity, there is no better way that a strategic 2- second (max) flash of nipple (#freethenipple) at the climax of your song ‘Talking Body’ – while you defiantly peel down the straps of your blinged-out bodysuit. Tove Lo Explains Why She Won’t Stop Flashing the Crowd
I love a good feminist protest, and her performance was perfect parts bold, powerful and adorable. She had the crowd crouched down, jumping up, waving, hushed, belting it out and throwing heart signs. Awww. If you read the comments on her explanation, you invariably get a bunch of dudes (sorry, dudes) decrying this action as ‘un-feminist’… but isn’t feminist precisely about the right to CHOOSE what you do with your body?
Back to Tove Lo…
She sounded as amazing live as she does on her album. Impressive.
After the show there was a crush of people, waiting for taxis and trying to funnel (unsuccessfully) out of the single lane exit of the only venue parking lot. After about 5 minutes of moving NOT AT ALL we opted to turn the car off, except for the stereo, and got out to hula hoop. I just happened to have 12 hula hoops in the car because I had brought them in to do a fun physical warmup with my class this morning.
Five girls, a bunch of hoops, a crowd pumped up and primed from the concert, the Toronto skyline in the back ground: this caused a flurry of cell phone videos, none of which I could easily locate, and other people began getting out of their cars to ask if they could join.