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The Weeknd delivers intoxicating set to sold out crowd

The Weeknd came out in full swing at the ACC in Toronto last night. His homecoming show and first stop on The Madness Fall Tour proved to be a polar opposite to summer's intimate set at the Mod Club, selling out the nearly 20,000 person capacity venue.

The Weeknd delivered an exhilarating performance that showed why he's deserving of his top spot on the Billboard charts.

Opening with the deep sounds of "Real Life" followed by upbeat banger "Losers", The Weeknd had fans ecstatic right from the beginning. In between every line the R&B star delivered fans would rabidly scream their praises.

The Weeknd's set was a roller coaster of varying moods, consistently transitioning between his more upbeat songs and serene tracks such as "Prisoner" and "Angel". The Weeknd even gave a heartfelt cover of fellow Toronto native Drake's track "Crew Love", which he originally appeared on.

One of the most lively moments of the set came when The Weeknd performed his hugely successful track "Can't Feel My Face". The strongly Michael Jackson influenced track had the crowd roaring in excitement.

The wild haired singer was swaying across the stage with the passion one would expect from a performer who sees a crowd as massive as this being completely entranced in their song.

Bringing with him a full backing band and a dazzling light show, The Weeknd's stage production was a well orchestrated performance in itself that paired along with the mood of each song seamlessly.

The pyrotechnics during "The Hills" had the crowd mesmerized as the pop star drifted joyously across the stage. The singer left briefly, building suspense before returning for encore track "Wicked Games" from his debut release, Trilogy.

The Weeknd left the crowd with some of his strongest tracks and solidified his place at the top of the current R&B and Top 40 scenes. With such a strong set it will be interesting to see how The Weeknd will follow up with his second show in Toronto just two days after this one.

Photo by Alejandro Santiago.


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