Montreal synth-pop trio CHANCES helped kick off Canada Day festivities in the Capital on Sunday.
The group took the stage at Ottawa’s Major’s Hill Park at around 2 pm. Accompanied by drummer Vincent Carré, singers Chloé Lacasse and Geneviève Toupin showed off strong vocal harmonies on darkly-gleaming songs that were alternately lively and ecstatic.
Highlights of the hour-long set included intense tracks like “Hide Unseen” and the frantic “Rishikesh” (which recalled Dear Rouge’s “I Heard I Had”).
Elsewhere, songs like “Assez, I Said” showed off a sunnier sound, which belied its restless chorus and challenging lyrics like “Been trying to calm that wild fire / since the days of Salem…The witch hunt isn’t so far back / The embers are still burning.”
Towards the end of the show, they were joined by acclaimed electronica artist Iskwē), who lent her distinctive voice to “Alive” (a song they co-wrote together).
Line-up: CHANCES (featuring Iskwē)
Venue: Major’s Hill Park, Ottawa ON
Date: June 30/2019