The show opened with local experimental trip-hop collective the Astrea Corporation. Though we had the misfortune of missing the set, there was plenty of buzz around the venue about the local's performance. We must mention how refreshing it is to see a native opening a major show -- something that has become a rarity in the area.
Tegan and Sara, fresh from their performance on the Parahoy Cruise, were greeted by an uproar from the crowd that shook the venue. Finding their land legs quickly, the duo wasted little time getting emotional with the crowd and digging into a set that ranged from the dance-inducing synth churn of new material to crowd pleasing favorites from deep in the duo's past.
The title track from 2007's The Con had the audience drowning out the performers with its own raucous singing, however, the mid tempo trot of "I Was A Fool" off of last year's polished and poppy Heartthrob garnered a surprisingly similar response, once again displaying the dedication of Tegan and Sara fans.
Though the duo spent much of the night strumming on various guitars, the performance of "Alligator" brought a bit of understated rockstar charm from duo -- a virtual sigh during the high energy set. Tegan traded her guitar for some sundry percussion toy and shimmied in front of the mic while Sara propped herself up with her own mic stand, portraying the emotional exhaustion of the song with a touch of greaser cool in a leather jacket.