ALESSIA CARA PROVES SHE’S GOT THE CHOPS AND TALENT TO INSINUATE HER BEST DAYS REMAIN AHEAD

There was a real homecoming feel to Alessia Cara’s encore-free, 20-song, 70-minute set at the Sony Centre Friday night.

Alessia Cara wows her fan during her concert at the Sony Centre in Toronto on Friday night. Moe Doiron / Special to the Toronto Star

There was a real homecoming feel to Alessia Cara’s encore-free, 20-song, 70-minute set at the Sony Centre Friday night.

Much of that stemmed from the fact that the Brampton born-and-raised 22-year-old Best New Artist Grammy winner brought much of her home on stage with her: there was a couch and a desk, a bed and a chest of drawers, and an assortment of lamps you could pick up at your local department store.

Symbolic, perhaps, of the process many adolescent dreamers and creatives find themselves in as they work on songs and scribble out lyrics within the privacy of their bedrooms, fantasizing about future stardom, Cara seemed intent on visually suggesting that the wish was in reach, just as it had happened for her when she secured her Def Jam record deal five years ago.
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Judging by the number of young girls in the crowd — and there were a lot of these little angels, aged between 4 and 10, accompanying their parents for a wholesome family outing — the buy-in is substantial.

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