Ottawa is not a city known for artists who “make it.”
That is until Elijah Woods x Jamie Fine.
The electro-pop duo were the first winners of the CTV reality music competition, “The Launch.” Since then they’ve been going nowhere but up, culminating in their first national tour opening for Mariana’s Trench Friday night in Vancouver.
Since The Launch, their breakthrough single “Ain’t Easy” has gone platinum in Canada and hit #1 on Canadian iTunes. But they didn’t stop there, having gone on to win IHeartRadio’s MMVA’s Best New Canadian Artist or Group. That’s as well as being nominated for two JUNO awards in the Fan’s Choice and Breakthrough Group of the Year categories.
Needless to say, it was an honour to see them perform over 4,000 km away from where we first met.
Fourteen tour stops in and EWxJF graced the stage of a packed Orpheum Theatre. Jamie started the show by sharing that Vancouver is their top audience by city on Spotify, which was received by the immediate cheers from the crowd.
Elijah Woods x Jamie Fine started their set with the first song off their 8:48 EP, Humming followed by their second single Better Off. After which, they took a minute to address the crowd leading into an animated and highly entertaining cover of Kanye West’s Gold Digger, followed by three more songs from their EP.
They teased their breakthrough single with a long melodic intro, getting the crowd ready to sing their hearts out alongside Jamie’s distinctively soulful voice. Ain’t Easy was quickly followed up by the last song from their EP, Problem.
EWxJF closed out the show with a powerful rendition of Aerosmith’s 1973 classic Dream On. A fitting choice as it was clear that they had just had a dream come true. They thanked Vancouver for being the perfect crowd to end their first 15-stop national tour, and invited the Orpheum Theatre to join them in a selfie. Joined by their drummer and guitar player, they bowed then shared a long emotional hug.
Elijah Woods x Jamie Fine proved making it big Ain’t Easy, but Ottawa, Vancouver and the Canadian music scene is definitely Better Off.