The Nova Scotia native's enthusiasm and genre-blending charmed an eager Victoria audience..
It’s nearly impossible to resist Jon Bryant’s likeability. Playing in front of a small yet eager crowd at Lucky Bar in Victoria, Bryant took full advantage of the venue’s cozy atmosphere. The Halifax born/Vancouver based singer’s brand of soothing City and Colour-esque soft-rock and Maritime influenced folk stands out thanks to Bryant’s powerful voice and candid lyricism.
The set kicked off with a performance of “5 Years”, a soothing and down-tempo track from his 2019 album Cult Classic. Bryant delved deep into his discography throughout the night, performing deep cuts from earlier records, including the 2009 track “Texas Tea.”
Throughout the performance, there was a consistent theme of reflection from Bryant’s opener Joshua Hyslop to the mixture of full band and acoustic performances by Bryant. His writing impresses through subtlety and thoughtful storytelling that tackle everything from past romantic trials to the endless pursuit of human connection.
For those who are unfamiliar, Bryant’s music career has spanned over a decade. He released his debut album Two Coasts for Comfort in 2009, which in turn scored him an East Coast Music Award nomination. As his notoriety continued to grow, he began surrounding himself with notable producers like Alex Newport and John Raham.
What’s most enjoyable about watching Bryant perform is his ability to put the audience in the palm of his hand with only his singing voice. Perhaps the evening’s best moment was a moving acapella performance of the gospel-like track “Deep Dark Valley.” Arguably Bryant’s greatest asset is the way he demands attention without spectacle. He never relies upon psychedelic visuals or flashy equipment. Instead, Bryant’s remarkable singing-voice and enthusiasm allow him to command the stage with relative ease.
Victoria marked Bryant’s first stop across a Canada wide tour in support of Cult Classic. Bryant’s upcoming shows include a performance at The Gateway in Calgary on January 21st and Station On Jasper in Edmonton on January 22nd.
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All photography by Linus Wong .