Captivating The Novo Crowd: Victoria Canal’s Enchanting Performance Review+Photos: Victoria Canal at The Novo 10/18/23
LOS ANGELES, CA-
“…Victoria Canal was the opening act for Sammy Rae and was… once again… nothing short of a mesmerizing musical journey, a testament to the enduring power of lyrics and melody to transcend the boundaries of a live audience. As the Danish author Hans Christian Andersen once eloquently stated, “Where words fail, music speaks,” and in the case of Victoria Canal, it is the fusion of poetic lyricism and soul-stirring melodies that truly speaks to the depths of the human experience.
This particular evening marked a significant departure from the intimate settings in which I had previously witnessed Victoria’s performances. While I had been accustomed to seeing her grace smaller, more intimate venues, The Novo’s spacious stage presented an entirely different canvas for her artistry. The question loomed large: could her profoundly personal and intimate songs resonate with a larger audience? The answer was a resounding “yes.”
Victoria Canal took to the stage solo, armed only with her guitar and a heart full of emotion. From the very first note, it was evident that her music possessed a magnetic quality capable of captivating a crowd of any size. Her lyrics, woven with intricate emotions and experiences, drew the audience in with an irresistible force. The Novo, with its grandeur and capacity, served as the perfect backdrop for her songs to unfurl their wings and soar.
One of the most poignant moments of the evening was when Victoria introduced a new song, one dedicated to her dear friend Lucy Clearwater, who was seated in the photo pit to savor the performance. This gesture of love and friendship added an extra layer of intimacy to the night, reminding us that music is not just about sound; it’s about shared experiences and connections.
As she performed, Victoria shared personal anecdotes, such as the inspiration behind “Swan Song,” a song rooted in Ira Byock’s poignant mantra about the four things we say before we die or to someone we love who is about to pass: Thank you. I love you. Forgive me. I forgive you. These narratives invited us to be present in the moment and created a profound sense of intimacy between artist and audience…”