The DSU treats Dawsonites to a live performance by three YouTube celebrities
By Carl Perks
Last Friday, a different kind of talent was showcased at Le National on Saint-Catherine. And if the deviation of talent is disputable, the now less and less scarce category of celebrity they fit in is definite.
Last Friday, a different kind of talent was showcased at Le National on Saint-Catherine. And if the deviation of talent is disputable, the now less and less scarce category of celebrity they fit in is definite.Last Friday, the Dawson Student Union (DSU) flew in three widely broadcasted Youtube celebrities to Montreal to play a free concert to close their Student Power Orientation.Julia Nunes, Natalie Dawn and Lauren O’Connell have all began they’re musical careers as colligates playing guitar in front of a webcam in their dorms.
They now each have a couple of musical projects, handfuls of albums to each of their names and one million plus views on many of their Youtube videos.They all flew to Montreal on Sept. 3, after almost missing the plane due to a rather chatty baggage loader. It was Dawn and O’Connell’s first time in Canada. They began the show around 7:00 p.m. in an extremely well ventilated and averagely packed Le National. As the show went progressed, the crowd grew, standing between a huge Student Fee Reduction sign and a Stop Climate Change Banner, both of which were hung by the DSU.
The show was nothing fancy: three stools, three microphones, a limited array of guitars and Ukulele’s and one vocal effect pedal. What the concert lacked in style and complexity was made up in tune and energy. The songs were catchy. The artists were enthusiastic. The show was personal. Most of them pile up many instruments in their Youtube videos and had to compensate with vigour.
‘‘Generally speaking, what you loose in instrumentation, you have to make up in melody,’’ said Natalie Dawn shortly after the show.After closing off the show with a re-enactment of one of their more popular viral broadcasts, REM’s It’s the End of the World as We Know It, they all stepped off the stage, signed a few autographs and sold some of the merchandise that they had made for this show especially. If interested in their music, a simple Youtube search will reveal some of their most famous work, but a listen at their albums is also to take in consideration.
They all together form five bands: Julia Nunes, Natalie Dawn, Lauren O’Conell, Pomplamousse and My Terrible Friend which, if you compile all the members counting many of them twice or thrice, comes to 12 people. This three person twelve-some have countless albums released on Youtube with songs that are beyond the quality of what the average person would expect from a common viral video artist.