After more than a 30-year void from performing in Ottawa, Culture Club kicked off their Canadian leg of their 2016 tour at Ottawa’s TD Place. The over 2000-strong crowd were treated with a nod to new wave and nostalgia, starting with 1983’s “Church of the Poison Mind” and extending through to the encore anthem that had you singing singing red, gold and green “Karma Chameleon“. Culture Club, fronted by charismatic Boy George, had us listening intently to entertaining anecdotes, dancing and rolling your arms to “I’ll Tumble 4 Ya” and being mesmerized by the grandeur of a very potent tribute to Prince with the ballad “Purple Rain“. Complemented by talented crew of musicians on horns and accompanying vocals, their 16-song set did not disappoint. In fact, they did more than just entertain; they impressed.
Their international tour extends into December and is well worth attending. Check out the remaining dates and grab a ticket if they come to your town.
Platinum Blonde opened the evening. The trio of Mark Holmes, Sergio Galli and Dan Todd sparked the crowd with a 9-song set that included offerings from their first full-length, studio album, Standing in the Dark (1984), spanning through to 2012’s sixth release, Now & Never. Closing with “Crying Over You” got the fans to their feet and their ’80s energy high.
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