Words by Ursula Terlecki Photos by Filip Terlecki
She was amazing. From the second she stepped on stage at the Kool Haus and started swaying to the reggae beats her band was pumping out I was mesmerized, transported to my early teens years, to the days when I would hang out with my friends in someone’s bedroom and listen to The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill over and over and over again.
The fact that the band was too loud at times and overshadowed Ms. Hill’s buttery voice, or that the she rapped much faster than the beats produced didn’t bother me. She wasn’t erratic, sloppy, or hard to comprehend as she has been in the past. For over two hours Lauryn brought it, singing songs from her Grammy Award winning album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill and mixing in Fugee favourties.
The intimate concert in support of the ONE X ONE foundation was kicked off by Toronto rapper Kardinal Offishall who was then joined on stage by guests like Jully Black, Solitair and K’naan. The energy and passion that they brought was unlike anything I’ve seen in a long time and proved to me that Canadian music artist really know how to get a great party started.
Thanks to the film festival Toronto had many events, most more star-studded than this concert, taking place on Saturday night but as far as I’m concerned, the Kool Haus was the place to be.