The moon in the sky is waxing, the snow hills on the boulevard are waning, and in downtown Toronto, starved music fans are coming back to the bars. Even on a Monday night, the Dakota Tavern was brimming with eager faces, some masked, some not, some a little off-balance with the sudden proximity of so many other bodies, but all ready for a tight set from Montréal’s Genevieve Racette and her two satellite accomplices, Judith Sun on guitar, and her percussionist, Judith Moon.This inaugural night of the Dakota’s return to their consistent programming of the best songwriters, alt-rock and Americana, now under the guiding ear of Yvonne Matsell (Ted’s Wrecking Yard, 21st century El Mocambo) began with a short set featuring Jane Mathew, much loved by the Orbit for last year’s Such Perfect Lives EP, with some new songs and the cultured atmospherics of a lone violinist, Alessia Disimino.
“I write this music to figure love out,” she said. “I don’t know. Maybe I will still have to write more songs.”
“I’m …so…sorry,” she sang, while Sun played the signature guitar line. Energies were so delightful all night that it made for a refreshed heart and a cheerful return to what we have all been missing for so long: real live love and the magic of sharing music together.