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livereviews The wild antics of Annie-Claude Deschênes of Duchess Says crowdsurfing during this year’s BIG Winter Classic PHOTO: LIAM PROST PARTNER BIG Winter Classic Last Best Brewery, Jan. 21 Calgary loves Partner. Maybe it’s my biased opinion, or perhaps it’s because they’re the only band I saw that weekend who got called back for an encore, but it seemed to ring true to the packed patio at Last Best Sunday night. The stage dynamic between Lucy Niles and Josée Caron, along with the rest of their band, had the audience at ease. That might be why the crowd opened up a mosh pit during “Ambassador to Ecstasy” or found each other headbanging along to “The Ellen Page.” Last time Partner visited Calgary was in 2016, for Sled Island. Since their first time here, the band has produced a full length album, booked a world tour and gained well-deserved attention from media and their growing fanbase. Yet their Big Winter Classic show still had the same intimate, high energy feeling as it did in 2016, complete with a cover of “I’m The Only One” by Melissa Etheridge. Filling a break for technical difficulties, the band sang their emergency song, “Long & McQuade” and finished off with Caron playing guitar in the mosh pit and an encore they weren’t prepared for, but played anyways. I think it’s safe to say I speak for everyone when I say, Partner, come back soon. • Amber McLinden JAY SOM BIG Winter Classic Gerry Thomas Gallery, Jan. 19 “We’ve had four naps today!” Melina Duterte told the crowd at the Gerry Thomas Gallery on Friday night. While it was funny to hear, it speaks to the overall vulnerability of Duterte’s music and her live performance. Her lo-fi bedroom pop sound, backed by the members of her talented band, reverberated through the venue and captivated the audience. Kicking off the set with “Everybody Works,” the name of Duterte’s latest album, the audience immediately started to sway. The entire band had an awkward manner about them, which wasn’t detrimental to their set but rather endearing. Playing crowd favourites “I Think You’re Alright” and closing with “Baybee,” we all found ourselves belting the lyrics alongside Duterte. A hush fell over (most) of the crowd during “The Bus Song,” a tune about nearing the end of a relationship, reflected in the pace the band played the song. Jay Som was both enthralling and relatable, perhaps speaking to the crowd she and her band drew to the gallery. You might have shed a tear, you might have laughed a little, but with the set they played, you definitely felt a little bit of something from a raw and beautiful show. •Amber McLinden BEATROUTE • FEBRUARY 2018 | 45