The temp was not -30 below and there was no snow in Toronto on Sunday night. Regardless if there was or not, Brett Kissel’s show was so red hot it would’ve heated up even then coldest of nights downtown at the Danforth Music Hall.
Brett held a really amazing contest for up and coming artists to open up for him on this tour. At this stop The Abrams were the lucky chosen ones. Good choice Brett! These brothers are so much fun and got the night started off on the right foot. Playing their hit single Champion they got everyone’s boots stompin’. They are so energetic and amazing on the strings! They are so much fun to watch!
There was something in the Airwaves for sure as Brett kicked off what was to be an unforgettable night in Toronto! His emotion and energy resonates throughout the crowd from the minute he hits the stage to the very last note played.
He played his new hit She’s Desire and you would have never know it was a new one by the way everyone was singing every word right along! Brett is incredible at telling stories through out his show. One that must be tough to share is the story of losing his grandparents. After sharing the story saying, “I wrote the next song for my father who lost both his parents that day. But for everyone who has struggled or had tough times.” With open arms he welcomed everyone into the family, the country family and he played Tough People Do. It was a beautiful tribute to his grandparents.
He reminisced of times playing with his brother James pretending they were Brooks and Dunn and selling tickets to family members. He said he would like to play something from those days. He walked out into the middle of the crowd just like the old days played some Johnny Cash.
A song I loved from the show, was a song he said he wrote for the woman he loves. Also mentioning his baby girl and the new baby on the way, he played That’s so you. It’s a beautiful song!
One of the most special and emotional moments I’ve ever witnessed during a show was the hall illuminated with lights and Brett played I Didn’t Fall In Love With Your Hair. He then invited on stage his friends Kim Rossi and Brett Wilson who played a huge role of making the song happen. They also played large roles in the fundraising for the Cancer Society through the song. Rossi told us the story how Brett came in and wanted to do this for his mother and very dear friends. They raised just over $53400! Brett Wilson then spoke so highly of Kissel and their relationship, it was a very nice tribute to the ever so humble Brett Kissel. He then claimed him as Canada’s answer to Mr. Garth Brooks. Brett then cranked the party backed up and rocked I Can Play Guitar.
Brett then played an awesome song medley cranking out Riase Your Glass mixed with Pour Some Sugar On Me. Then said “Let’s Countrify it up with some Garth!” He had everyone on their feet to Baton Rouge and Thank God I’m A Country Boy. Finishing off the rockin’ medley with Andy Grammer’s Honey I’m Good and a little Alabama. Then thanking the crowd from the bottom of his heart for the song that started it all off for him, It Started With A song.
Brett left the stage to the crowd chanting encore. He came back and asked “What do you want to hear?” The crowd roared 3-2-1 it was amazing! Although he than had said his thank you’s and good night’s he wasn’t done nor was the crowd. The band had left the stage leaving Brett solo and the crowd chanting one more song. He said “Ok, only if you sing along with me! I’ll do a song from back in the day from playing in the bars.” With everyone singing along he played, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band’s Fishin’ In The Dark. The band rejoined him and they capped off what was one amazing night! Definitely Something You Just Don’t Forget!