Gigs, Photography, Show Reviews, The Revue — November 30, 2016 at 5:00 am

Coleman Hell brings the Summerland Heat to Zaphod’s (photo essay)

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It’s a Thursday evening in late November at the packed Nightclub at the Edge of the Universe. Amid the ever-increasing heat and an eyeful of pulsating lights, a female’s voice beckons your inner flower child on a languid expedition towards a destination called Summerland. You follow, smitten, staring at the stage where you find your guide decked in an ivory brocade coat, tinted shades, and a faux fur-coated keytar strapped across his chest. As the synths strike and the beats bound, you know you’ve arrived and Coleman Hell is about to take you on his journey.

Hailing originally from Thunder Bay, Ontario, Coleman Hell has made quite an impression with his single “2 Heads“, which was originally on his 2015 self-titled EP. A year later, he released his first LP Summerland. The album was created while on retreat, meshing music and memories as Coleman Hell fondly recalls his life in northwestern Ontario. Having seen him already at Ottawa Bluesfest, I was keenly aware he had enviable amounts of energy and an ease about entertaining a crowd. This translated in a small club even when stifled comparatively in stage size. He flowed from dancing, jumping, and intermingling with the crowd and, at one point, played keyboards with his feet. Even a short-lived loss of power didn’t seem to break his stride or stifle his smile. His enjoyment of being on stage and performing was palpable and not at all mechanical. His tour dates are fading fast, however, and those in Toronto and London should seek out the opportunity to check out the final two performances.

Nova Scotia’s own Ria Mae contributed to the one-two punch of Canadian talent and opened the evening to the sold out crowd. Her self-titled sophomore album was released in 2016, and the hit single “Clothes Off” garnered her a Juno nomination for Single of The Year.

Follow Coleman Hell at: Website | Facebook | Twitter  | Instagram

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