Fredericton market turns the Lights up

Canadian singer Lights performed a number of songs from her newest album, Siberia. (Vanessa Cormier/AQ)

The Fredericton Boyce Farmers Market surely wasn’t full of those in search of fresh produce or a homemade pair of wool socks on Thursday.

The venue was packed with Lights fans of all ages.

The Canadian singer first came on the music scene in 2009 when she released her self-titled EP and earned a Juno for Best New Artist.

I was fortunate enough to meet the 24-year-old artist before the concert. I awkwardly shook her hand and posed for a picture, starstruck by the pintsized Toronto native, who said it was her first time in Fredericton.

Despite the chilling temperature, the city gave her a warm welcome.

A number of fans lined up outside an hour before the doors opened.

Although the show wasn’t sold out, the venue was jam-packed; the wrong dance move could likely give the stranger next to you a black eye.

The concert kicked off with Nightbox, an up-and-coming dance-rock band originally hailing from Ireland.

Their half-hour set was followed by an intensive sound-check which left the crowd antsy.

As each member of Lights’ band took their positions on stage, the crowd roared, awaiting the main attraction.

Lights coyly walked on stage in her plaid shirt and skinny jeans, greeted by shrieking screams.

The artist performed a number of songs from her album Siberia. Her hit singles “Toes,” “Saviour” and “Ice” all received an energetic response from the crowd.

Lights played a few piano ballads showing off her vocal range, but overall her voice was exceptional throughout the concert.

True to her name, the light show was an added perk to her performance.

She played for an hour, thanked the crowd and walked off stage. Moments later the chants began. After a few convincing minutes of crowd persuasion,

Lights finished her show with an encore.

When the concert ended, she tweeted: “Great show just went down in Fredericton. Who knew farmers’ markets were so fun?”

Lights was clearly enthused about the venue – without even getting her hands on a samosa. She should really consider coming back on a Saturday.

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