By: Mathuja Jeyakumar
Photo Credit: Maarya Zafar
Looking around the massive Sony Centre, the crowd of young teens were beaming with excitement: many adorned with glitter and jewels on their faces, and a few LGBT flags tied around as capes. One boy wore an imitation of Troye Sivan’s iconic Valentino red velvet suit that he had worn during the Met Gala. Another wore a jean jacket with lights shaped in the silhouette of Troye’s face and the title of his album “Bloom”. Troye Sivan’s fandom seems idiosyncratic – a loyal bunch who truly revere the young star.
As the opener began with Carlie Hanson, who entered the auditorium to a crowd of screaming teens, she started off with “Why Did You Lie?” and her newest song “Toxins.” Following Carlie was Kim Petras, with her upbeat, Barbie-esque music which contrasted with Carlie’s darker, edgier tones. Fans did not seem to know both openers, but shyly danced along. Around half-way of the second opener, the anticipation could be felt. More people joined the auditorium and stood at the balls of their feet. Following Petras, Troye finally emerged, galvanizing screams as he sang the title track “Bloom.” Troye’s stage presence was analogous to the crowd. He was lively, with animated and rhythmic movements – throwing his head back and forth and his arms out and in.
Throughout his setlist, Troye would speak to the crowd. He was sweet, thanking them and pointed out that Toronto was special to him – a place full of family and great food. As a few songs passed, Troye again spoke up, and singled out the young boy wearing his red velvet suit. He brought the boy on stage, who stated his ensemble was from Zara, to which Troye light-heartedly responded that he could have bought a Valentino suit from Zara all along.
When Troye began to sing “Postcard”, a slow and despondent love song, the majority of the crowd had cut outs of pink hearts that they held up to their phone lights. A soft, pink glow could be seen across the arena as the crowd swayed. Following the song, Troye asked who orchestrated the thoughtful gesture. A girl spoke up, saying it took her twelve hours to cut out all of the hearts and she had passed them around prior to the concert. This illustrates how much love and adoration the crowd has for Troye.
Troye finished off the show with “Youth” and “My, My, My.” Troye’s performance was romantic and captivating. His mixture of slow and upbeat tunes demonstrated the versatility of his music while truly engaging with his audience. Although Troye’s music was clearly known by the entire crowd and caters to a younger audience, it can definitely be enjoyed by all.
Troye Sivan has a following of devoted young fans. At one point, against the backdrop of lights glowing in the colours of the LGBT flag, Troye spoke up about his coming out experience at the age of 14. Perhaps this is why Troye’s music, an amalgamation of coming out and coming of age, resonates so deeply with youth, especially LGBT youth. He displays himself as someone who is genuinely himself – which makes him an icon for teens to admire.
This article was originally published on our old website at https://thenewspaper.ca/the-arts/troye-sivan-brings-the-bloom-tour-toronto/.