On a chilly November Thursday in downtown Toronto, die-hard fans of Citizen eagerly lined up as early as 11 am, wanting to claim the perfect spot at the front of the stage. With the band’s name written out on the marquee atop the Danforth Music Hall, it was clear that the fans of Citizen are absolutely dedicated and passionate.
Danforth Music Hall Toronto – 23 November 2023
Words And Photography: Taylor Cameron
The lights went down, and the crowd erupted into ear-piercing cheers. The band ran out onto the stage with a burst of energy, kicking off their set with Hyper Trophy, a track from their latest album, Calling The Dogs.
Arms in the air, everyone in the audience sang along to every word of Mat Kerekes. The emotion radiating from artist to fan, the energy in the room was undeniably high.
A melodic guitar riff played by Nick Hamm fills the room, a thumping drum beat provided by Ben Russin joining in as the band followed with Jet. It was an energetic rock track that kept the fans dancing. Heads banging and hips swaying, the crowd’s enthusiasm was felt deep in your soul.
“You know, we’re not really considered a new band anymore,” Kerekes says into the mic. “So thank you for still showing up.” Loud cheers echoed throughout the room.
Ambitious fans surfed across the top of the crowd, nothing stopping the audience from having an amazing night. Although the band was absolutely captivating, the crowd’s energy made the entire show. Their passion for the band and their music is something beautiful to watch.
Playing tracks from across their discography, both new and old fans alike were utterly pleased with the setlist. From How Does it Feel? And Can’t Take It Slow, to The Summer, the set included the highest energy and some slow moments to keep things interesting and exciting.
The five talented musicians on the stage knew exactly how to keep the crowd captivated throughout every second of their show.
Closing out their set with the alternative rock track I Want To Kill You, the show ended on a high note. The roars of cheers were everlasting, showing the audience did not want the night to end.
The band showed the utmost gratitude as they threw out guitar picks and handed out setlists to the lucky fans who dedicatedly claimed a front-row spot.
Combining passion, love and great live music, this night of indie rock at The Danforth Music Hall was one for the books.