The power of soca was never more real than last Saturday at Nathan Phillip Square. In the midst of downtown Toronto, more than 15,000 fans packed the square for a free concert presented by D’Bandit and Dr. Jay, as part of the one year countdown to the Pan AM Games in 2015. For more than an hour, one of the biggest stars of our generation, Machel Montano, graced the stage and bewitched the lively audience with hits from the past while also giving a glimpse of what the future of soca music looks like.
Montano took to the stage at 9:30 and started the show with his 2014 carnival hit “Happiest Man Alive” that also won the Groovy Soca Monarch title. From that moment on the crowd was literally in the palm of his hand. He shared the spotlight with his HD family Farmer Nappy and Patrice Roberts alongside dancers who set the stage on fire – even before the amazing fireworks that ended the spectacular show. The event was the headliner for the one year countdown tot he Pan Am Games, and included performances throughout the day from musicians from across the Americas.
Nothing short of spectacular, the show will be remembered as on of the best concerts the city has ever seen.If you were one of the few that missed this epic event, share some of the magic with the Toronto Lime photo album of the days events!