It’s not often you walk into a room for a show and leave feeling like you just watched a legitimate star perform. That was Charlotte Cardin on June 3 at the National Arts Centre (NAC).
Out of the many shows I’ve covered at the NAC in the past, this was easily the wildest crowd Southam Hall has seen—two back-to-back sold-out NAC shows, and with Friday night’s performance, it was easy to understand why.
Cardin has the hooks, energy, vocal chops and beats to go far. And with four Juno Award wins in 2022 including for Best Artist, she is getting a lot of recognition in Canada.
The vast majority of the crowd were on their feet before Charlotte took to the stage, and stayed that way for the entire show, dancing in the aisles and shouting every word back.
The Montreal artist released her debut album, Phoenix, in April 2021. Cardin was taken aback at the support and was very thankful to finally be able to perform her songs live.
Opening the show was Toronto’s Charlie Houston, who recently released her first EP, I Hate Spring. Combining a mix of low-fi chill pop with a touch of indie-rock flavour, Houston and her band were a proper opener to get the crowd into the show for the night.