Photos: Jessie Ware at The Great Hall

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When it was announced, JESSIE WARE’s date with Toronto’s Great Hall (October 26th) sounded like a cruel tease. The Queen West venue is a bit on the small side – especially when compared to the Brit’s past gigs – but for a night, it proposed a direct level of intimacy. Let’s just say it delivered. Ware’s performance with her band was flawless and mesmerizing as her excursion through Devotion and Tough Love redefined older tracks (“110%”, “Wildest Moments”) and turned newer ones (“Pieces”, “Kind Of…Sometimes…Maybe”) into inescapable vices. “Desire” is a heart-bending trip that teases the soul so if you’re late to the party, grab the new record and check out Hannah Jor’s gallery below.

Jessie Ware’s sophomore effort Tough Love is out now on CD/LP/digital via Universal/PMR Records

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