Heize made her first visit to Toronto last month. The singer-song writer and rapper has vocals that are untouched by most rappers, giving her the versatility to turn it up or melt your heart. The show, produced by BCube Entertainment, included moments of “Get your hands up!” to “Aww, This girl is so cute”.
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The pre-show started with Sonya Han (한여울) who performed on shows in Korea like “I can see your voice 2”. Opening acts also included Toronto residents Cherie performing a cover dance, Terry, CX25 & Jay Woo performing their song Fly, and East2West with some cool choreography to 21 by Dean and f’real luv.
Heize came on stage sporting a white jumper, and a hat to go along with this Canadian spring. After some bowing and some heart signs she performed “Me, Myself and I” going hard at the audience from the get go. The song is single from the show “Unpretty Rapstar 2” and features Jessi and Wheesung.
Going into the crowd engagement part of the show she also sang Underwater and I Know (알고 있어). BCube Entertainment held contests leading up to the concert for fans. Heize announced the winners who were brought on stage and given signed CDs saying “I love you, I’ll make you shine”. The first winner Hyerim Cho brought a gift of her own to Heize. The plush Olaf toy was met with “awws” as she gave it to Heize. Olaf got a few hugs before becoming part of the show sitting on the DJ’s table. Benny Lau was the 4th to get on stage. Benny had posed question through the contest, on what Heize does to get through rough patches. With careful thought Heize replied that she thinks of those who love her and suffer with her when she’s sad, so she tries to work through it. While other contest winners were able to communicate in Korean, Benny the only non Korean speaking contest winner was still able to pass on positive vibes to Heize. Finding her on YouTube with catchy songs, and meeting her in person he said she has a bright personality and to keep doing what she’s doing.
After handing out a ton of gifts on stage Heize revealed she had a super gift put together consiting of her first album, second album, and and some stickers because she liked the stickers. Cleverly the winner of this prize would be the biggest fan she saw in the audience during her next performances. How would she know? If they were singing along to her songs. She performed Shut Up and Groove, an upbeat funky song, and one of her most popular songs In July. The crowd ate it up, hands in the air and singing along. She was a little surprised and wished she had announced her little prize earlier in the night. After awarding her prize and taking a selfie, she also acknowledged a super fan in the crowd. He’s been following her since she first started. The lucky fan also got a selfie. We saw this fan with his luggage which means he probably came straight from the airport. Talk about true fans!
The night ended with Heize taking a group picture with the audience, and a few sitting beside audience members. The meet and greet sealed the event for wristband holders, giving her the opportunity to head to Vancouver for the next day.
장시간의 비행기를 처음탄 대구소녀, 헤이즈
첫 외국 단독 콘서트를 캐나다 토론토에서 성공적으로 끝낸 헤이즈. 그녀는 아이돌처럼 유명하지도 않은 자기를 보러 온 외국팬들의 대해 큰 감동하였다. 장소는 토론토 노스욕 아트센터에서 bcube entertainment 가 개최해준 장소에서 2017년 4월 22일(토)에 콘서트를 열었다.
통역자가 옆에서 팬들과의 만남을 도와주었지만, 한국팬들은 물론 외국팬들도 한국말을 어느정도 이해하는것 같았다. 대구에서 왔다면서 사투리와 애교를 선발하며 순조롭게 진행되었다.
싸인씨디증정은 물론, 콘서트 이후에 meet&greet으로 팬들과 더 가까운 만남을 가졌다.
헤이즈가 말하기를, “이렇게 장시간으로 비행기를 타본건 처음이에요. 지도에서만 봤던 캐나다에 제가 와서 콘서트를 하고있다니 믿겨지지가 않아요.”
팬들은 번창하는 미래와, 다음날에 있을 밴쿠버 콘서트를 잘 끝내라는 아버지(?)같은 발언을 하곤 하였다.
한 외국팬중에, 엑소 첸과 듀엣곡 한걸보고 그녀의 목소리가 좋아 찾아 듣다가 콘서트까지 왔다고도 했다.
헤이즈는 관객석 아래까지 내려가 같이 사진을 찍기도 하였다.
노래만 하고 가는 가수들보단, 팬들과 소통하는 모습이 순수해보였던 대구소녀 헤이즈.
자기노래를 따라불러준다며 마냥 좋아했던 헤이즈. 캐나다는 벌써 그녀가 그립고 밝은미래를 빈다.
-박하나 Hana Park-