Toronto based folk rock songstress Skye Wallace brought her Other Spaces Tour featuring Swing Batter to Windsor with performances at Dr. Disc Records and Phog Lounge on Sunday, March 11, 2018.
Fittingly, Skye released her latest single, Swing Batter, from her upcoming album on International Womens Day (March 8). The intense single is fueled by early Canada women’s rights issues and the powerful 1911 trial of domestic abuse victim Angelina Napolitano in Sault Ste. Marie. After years of vicious sposal abuse, Napolitano snapped and killed her husband with an axe, while she was pregnant. She was sentenced to death which resulted in a global uproar. Ultimately, her battered woman defense resulted in her sentence being changed to life in prison. Although Napolitano was released after 11 years, her life was ruined. Skye has revisited the emotional story of Napolitano in Swing Batter.
Skye Wallace is what happens when a classically trained singer with east coast roots discovers punk rock in their youth and writes folk music that makes you feel excited. Hailed as a “national treasure” (Sad Mag), Skye embodies Canadiana – with family ties to the east coast, and her youth spent out west, she now calls Toronto home. But it’s not just geography that informs her sound – her lyrics are often based on Canadian history, inspired by struggles and stories of the past. But this doesn’t result in nostalgic sounding music – her songs may have roots in folk, but they branch out into so much more – sometimes moving, sometimes exciting, sometimes straight up rowdy. Her voice carries you from sultry purrs to eager yelps, somber lows to kitchen party highs.
Backed by her band that melds a rock rhythm section with string players, Skye’s live show is a force to be reckoned with.
For more information about Skye Wallace visit: https://www.skyewallace.com
In Photos: Skye Wallace Performs Live in Windsor, Ontario
Photos by Kevin Blondin / Eyes On Windsor
Kevin Blondin is an aspiring photographer studying public relations at the St. Clair College Mediaplex. He is dedicated to promoting artists, entertainment and events in the Windsor-Detroit area. Kevin has recently launched Sound & City Photography which can be found on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.