Aly & Aj With Opener Miya Folick at the History in Toronto
Written By | Rachel Callan
In the early evening of April 19th, a line was already forming outside of the History in Toronto with fans eagerly waiting to see sister duo, Aly & AJ of Torrance, California.
The band’s opener, Los Angeles-based Miya Folick, was greeted for her 45-minute set by an enthusiastic crowd and delivered a passionate performance. Miya, a classically trained vocalist turned pop, performed songs alongside her keyboardist and, together, they owned the stage. She sang a few songs about her parents, with one specifically about her father— who she revealed to the crowd had passed away. Just before performing this vulnerable song, the amp started to make a “mysterious ghost noise” as she put it.
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The crowd filled with laughter when she mentioned it could be her Dad, and that he “does weird things all the time”. However, she ensured to tell us how supportive he was of her music career, and how seriously he took it. Miya delivered a strong and attention-grabbing performance, with some of her most popular tracks like Bad Thing and she teased her new album Roach (out May 26th) by performing not yet released singles. Miya’s soft-spoken, yet confident stage presence was the perfect opening act to get the crowd warmed up for Aly & Aj.
Aly & Aj entered the stage fully ready to give a stellar performance. They began their set with Open to Something and That Something Is You and With Love From off their most recent album of the same title. As many already know, Aly & Aj have been creating music since 2004, with some of their songs featured on TV, and the sisters even starred in a few movies and TV shows. Aly & AJ were able to successfully re-vamp some songs from their younger days, to make them suit their mature style without losing the nostalgia of the tunes we know and love. They performed throwbacks such as Potential Breakup Song and Like Whoa, which the crowd went crazy for.
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The duo later shared that their business manager passed just one day prior to their show in Toronto, and dedicated Way of Nature Way of Grace to him, his wife, and his daughter. Aly & Aj wrapped up an energetic night with an encore that began with Blue Dress, leaving their fans satisfied, however, based on the crowd’s pure excitement, and knowledge of all the band’s lyrics, there’s no doubt that they would have listened to the duo for hours more.