The moment I heard Adam Green was coming to town to play a show to promote his new movie Aladdin, I knew an interesting night lie ahead. Adam Green is a multifaceted musician, artist, writer, and filmmaker, who made up one half of The Moldy Peaches before embarking on a successful solo career. The night started off with a screening of the feature-length film Aladdin, followed by performances by Charlotte Cornfield and Adam Green. Aladdin is the second film written and directed by Adam Green and stars himself and many of his celebrity friends—including Macaulay Culkin, Alia Shawkat, Natasha Lyonne, Har Mar Superstar, Devendra Banhart, Rodrigo Amarante, Penn Badgley and Andrew VanWyngarden (from MGMT). All of the sets and props were made out of cardboard and papier-mâché by hand. A modern and futuristic take on the classic tale of Aladdin, this film explored many topics and served as an interesting commentary on our culture and its trajectory on Earth. Within the satire, Aladdin explores the themes of technology, our need for social media, greed, sex, love, and drugs. Despite it’s comedic appearance, this film leaves you with many things to think about.
Following the screening, Charlotte Cornfield took the stage. Charlotte Cornfield is a Toronto singer-songwriter whose songs are full of grit, wit, and charm. Onstage, she has a comic demeanour and wry sense of humour. Joined by a guitarist named Sam, together they played an engaging and consistent set with songs about friends who give advice but don’t follow it, perceptions of cleanliness, and high and low cycles of emotion. You can learn more about her here.
Charlotte Cornfield – September 8, 2016
While offstage, Adam appeared to be unassuming and average (his twitter handle is @AverageCabbage); onstage, Adam wooed the crowd with his charisma. The girls beside me squealed and cheered as he danced and flailed about on stage. He gave plenty of high-fives out during his performance and took off his fez a minimum of three times to go crowdsurfing. He played several songs from his large catalogue of music accompanied by a guitarist, drummer, and keyboardist. In the middle of his set he performed solo, taking more obscure requests from the audience. He performed songs from his solo records like “Jessica” and “Morning After Midnight” as well as songs from his collaboration with Binki Shapiro and his former band, The Moldy Peaches. Adam Green is a much-loved, engaging performer who is really able to connect with the crowd and offered sweaty hugs to all willing fans after the show. It was definitely an evening to remember. You check out more of Adam Green’s work here.
Adam Green – September 8, 2016