The day has finally arrived, Odd Future’s crooner Frank Ocean has officially announced his first solo Toronto date. On Tuesday July 31st 2012, Ocean will land his Channel Orange tour inside the legendary Guvernment Nightclub, for an evening no one will soon forget. Remember his Coachella performance?
As we all know Frank has long laboured behind the curtain—writing for Brandy, Justin Bieber, and John Legend—but after hooking up with L.A.’s Odd Future collective, he self-released 2011’s nostalgia, ULTRA. mixtape, and quickly became the star he was meant to be.
Original songs like “Novacane” (watch below) and “Swim Good” (also below) showcased his knack for riveting storytelling and arrangement, climbed the R&B charts, which of course led to collaborations with Beyoncé, and Kanye West and Jay-Z.
He’s a less-is-more kind of guy, the quiet type who saves his words because his songs tell us as much about him as they do ourselves. His live show emphasizes that intimacy, closes that razor-thin gap between the man and his fans.
Because as rare as he is, Frank Ocean is also familiar, both in the way he moves among us, undeniably a product of this post-everything, hustle-hard, DIY musical moment, and in the way he conveys that quality that we’re all always seeking: utter timelessness.