Aug. 16, 2013
Most people in attendance were likely looking forward to headliner OneRepublic, or the second opener Mayer Hawthorne, but by the time Ryder was finished with her fifth and final song, a good number of fans were headed toward the merch tent to meet the Canadian singer.
Ryder hit the stage with an acoustic guitar and a drummer playing a cocktail kit as she rifled through a handful of songs from her new album, Harmony, which hits stores on Aug. 27.
It's been a few years since the Juno award-winning artist was in the Queen City. The 30-year-old singer has had plenty of success in her native country, but has struggled to gain solid footing in the States. Her new album could be the key. Her vocal strength is the lynchpin in her songwriting - often singing about love like so many artists do, but her music transcends genre lines hitting on pop, soul, blues and rock and even hints of country at times.
Ryder followed up "Stompa" with the country-folk tinged "Mary Go Round," before closing out with "What I Wouldn't Do." It was a quick showcase of her range as an artist and the perfect primer for people who haven't heard her before.