Written by Darlene altmann and Photographs by Ray Williams
It was A very warm and summery like long weekend evening in May, as people’s patience starting to wear a little thin outside the Air Canada Centre (ACC)with a slight delay, and then another small delay just to get to your seat. But it wasn’t until approx eight o’clock when all that anxiousness and hostility started to dissipate. Canadian jazz-pop sensation Nikki Yanofsky, 18, opened for Il Divo at the Canadian shows, which include stops in Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Halifax, Moncton and Saint John, N.B., Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Saskatoon, Winnipeg and London, Ont.
Yanofsky’s phenomenal voice and jazz style made her an international success at age 15 and she catapulted onto the international stage with her performance during the 2010 Winter Olympics’ opening ceremonies.
The Il Divo world concert tour will see the phenomenal quartet of Carlos Marin, Sébastien Izambard, David Miller and Urs Buhler perform at leading venues and they are expected to hit six continents with a number of countries in Europe and in the UK. After the first song, Sébastien Izambard told the audience that was there 2nd stop of the North American part of the tour, and there like “caged tigers” and “tonight’s going to be a good night” most of ladies in the front stood and gave a standing ovation.
David Miller got the audience excited as he flirtatiously loosened his tie and draped around his neck. And that’s when he started the next song of the set “Don’t Cry for Me Argentina”
Carlos claimed to be the only single one of the four, he ask how many single ladies out there? Then asked how many ladies know how to dance the Salsa? Roses where thrown on stage.
The 35-piece orchestra was placed on both sides of the platform steps, the same steps that Miller almost tripped down during “My Way”
I was expecting 90min performance from this Pop opera group Il Divo, but what the audience got was great entertainment! The group said that they all have special ladies in their lives and dedicated “Mamma” to all the mothers in the audience. Izambard sang Frere Jacques and Wheels On The Bus as a tribute to his son that turns one year old the day after.
I enjoyed the concert, they sang some old and new songs from their recent album Wicked Game.
Standouts during the first set included “Don’t Cry For Me Argentina”, “Unchained Melody”, and “My Way”. After a 25-minute intermission they cover Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah (Aleluya)”, Roy Orbison’s “Crying (Llorando)”, “Pour Que Tu M’Aimes Encore (What It Takes)”The night ended on a high with “Time To Say Goodbye”.