By Kate Killet
“She is the mother I never had. She is the sister everybody would want. She is the friend that everybody deserves.” That now-memed quote comes from none other than Oprah, talking about her idol Barbara Walters, but it may as well be about Lizzo. We were blessed enough to catch the “Juice”-y singer on the Toronto stop of her Cuz I Love You Too tour, and can safely say, to borrow Oprah’s words, we “don’t know a better person.”
Originally set to play Toronto’s Rebel, a 2,500 capacity venue, Lizzo was adorably emotional about the show being upgraded to the much larger venue due to demand: Over 15,000 adoring fans packed the Budweiser Stage—not bad for an artist who just earlier this year played a 1,500 person venue (the Danforth) and didn’t sell it out.
Along with her dancers, The Big Girls, and the talented DJ Sophia Eris, Lizzo served on-point choreography and never missed a beat. She addressed the crowd in between songs, reminding them that they shouldn’t reduce self-love to spa days and mimosas; and that despite many fans calling her a “hero,” that we’re all our own hero and she is just the soundtrack.
To close the night she donned a wedding veil and sunglasses for the record breaking “Truth Hurts”—a reference to the 2017 music video where she marries herself—and threw a bouquet into the crowd. She brought out Sasha Flute and showed off her jazz flute skills. But the devoted crowd still cheered for more and after long, loud applause and chants of her name, Lizzo returned to the stage for an encore of “Juice.”
Indeed, the evening was “Good As Hell” and Lizzo is, without a shadow of doubt, 100 per cent that bitch.I Love You Too, lizzo