Summer has officially started and festival season is upon us!

What better way to get it started then by seeing a performance by a Toronto born artist, and an Australian who’s talent continues to grow.

Last Friday, Vance Joy brought his Nation of Two tour to Toronto, and it featured some local talent by way of Scott Helman.

Performing in his hometown was a treat for Scott, and nostalgic to say the least, as he entertained the crowd with a story about once getting kicked out of Budweiser stage, which was known as Molson Amphitheatre at the time. The 22 year old pop singer had an amazing set with classic hits like “PDA”, and “Kinda Complicated.” He also treated us to a cover of The Tragically Hip’s famous song “Bobcaygeon” in which he channeled his inner Gord Downie. In honor of pride month, Scott wore a rainbow colored guitar strap and dedicated his song “Ripple Effect” to the LGBTQ community.

Australian indie folk singer/songwriter Vance Joy took the stage shortly after 9:20pm and got the crowd on their feet as he appeared through the smoke. After his opening song, he thanked the crowed for being here and claimed that this was his biggest audience during his tour. Vance released his new album Nation Of Two back in February and played such hits as “Little boy”, “Alone With Me”, and “Saturday Sun.”


Each song was accompanied by a short story which really captivated the audiences attention. There also seemed to be an overwhelming theme for each song that focused on different relationships whether it was with his mom, friends or significant other. This was highlighted with his backdrop that featured a light display with a man and woman embracing each other in different situations. Many people, including myself were anxiously waiting for him to play his catchy folk-pop single “Riptide.” As soon as he began playing the ukulele, it brought everyone to their feet!



All in all, the show was awesome and it was a great way to kick off the summer which will be filled with many more amazing performances to come.


Here’s the setlist:

  1. Call If You Need Me
  2. Mess Is Mine
  3. Like Gold
  4. Take your Time
  5. Alone With Me
  6. Fire and the Flood
  7. I’m With You
  8. Little Boy
  9. Bonnie & Clyde
  10. Wasted Time
  11. Georgia
  12. One of These Days
  13. We’re Going Home
  14. Riptide
  15. Lay It On Me
  16. Saturday Sun


After checking out the Vance Joy and Scott Helman show, the KiSS Crew spoiled fans with some post show refreshments and munchies!

Going to a concert this summer?  Keep an eye out for the KiSS Crew after the show and they’ll hook you up too!

We’ll be passing out Eska WaterSun-Rype Good Bites and Kisko Freezies all summer long!

Summer Lives on KiSS 92.5, driven by Mitsubishi!

Filed under: Scott Helman, Vance Joy