Multi-platinum, JUNO-award winners The Tenors performed at the newly renovated Massey Hall in Toronto on Mother’s Day for their Best of Our Lives show.
This vocal trio constitutes Clifton Murray, Victor Micallef, and Fraser Walters. A handsome bunch of new generation crooners who have the spirits and soulfulness of men twice their ages. Their vocal abilities are bar none and their harmonizing leaves you in awe of their talents.
The Tenors Ensemble, which was their accompanying orchestra took, their positions and the crowd knew it was almost time for the show to start. The lights dimmed and out came the stars of the evening, The Tenors. However, not via stage right or left, but from the entryway to the venue. They walked down the center aisle and started singing to specific audience members while shaking other fans’ hands. The crowd absolutely loved it! This seems to be a commonality with their shows, the ability to really connect with their fans. Victor started singing to one lucky audience member, who broke out in tears. Fraser pushed him aside to take over the serenade. It was a cute little banter between the boys, vying for her attention.
The Tenors, unlike any other act I have ever covered (and I’ve covered lots) have this ability to make people cry. The raw emotions when they sing, to their stories about their family. It really touches their audience’s soul. Many times throughout the evening you could see people wiping away tears. The sentimentality was like a thick cloud throughout the venue. I personally didn’t cry, however, I couldn’t shake the goosebumps.
Speaking of crying, during the show, each Tenor stood up on stage and spoke about their mothers. Fraser Walters was speaking and you could hear his voice crack. The emotion he had was extremely heartwarming. You could tell that he certainly has a close connection with his family. As a matter of fact, both his parents flew in from Vancouver to be at this show.
Clifton went into the audience and pulled a beautifully dressed lady into the aisle. He pulled her close and started dancing. He wrapped his arm around her to be able to sing and announced that was his gorgeous mother. They danced so nicely and the pride they both displayed was touching.
Victor spoke about the appreciation he had for his and all health care providers. He declared that everyone certainly had a tough time during the last two years of Covid. He explained that on top of that he required emergency back surgery. Victor was so grateful to the team of doctors and nurses that took such great care of him. He also was very candid about his fears about if he would be able to continue performing, singing, etc. That night certainly did show how far he had come with his recovery. At certain points there were choreographed dancing parts, you couldn’t see any wincing or discomfort in his expressions.
There were two special guests that evening. The first guest was Victor’s son Zach. At the young age of 13, he accompanied his father on the piano while Victor sang Ave Maria. It was touching to see them perform together. Talented in his own right, his future looks bright within the music industry if he chooses to pursue that venture. The second special guest of the evening was the gorgeous Kelly Levesque, the wife of Fraser. This extreme talent, with soaring vocal range, has performed on international stages alongside such artists as Sting, Jamie Foxx, Andrea Bocelli, Michael Bolton, and Patti Labelle, just to name a few. They performed together, as well as she had a moment in the spotlight singing Natural Woman (Aretha Franklin).
Towards the end, the orchestra performed on their own, showcasing their talents. They did a jazz-inspired piece that lasted several minutes, highlighting multiple of their member’s talents. It was a lovely moment and the crowd really appreciated their talents. This was a great segway for the band to get changed for their final song.
Victor walked out dawning a Maple Leaf Jersey, while Clifton and Fraser came out wearing leather jackets. I could only wonder what their final song was going to be, based on their attire. The familiarity of the song as it started got me really excited. The Tenors performed Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody. It was so much fun to listen to their rendition of the song.
It is always such a special treat to see The Tenors perform live. If you get a chance to see them perform, don’t miss out. You will certainly not be disappointed.
A special thanks to Strut Entertainment for the accreditation.
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