Oh me, oh my – The O’Pears everybody! Don’t let their name mislead you, they are not a pair, yet a trio of talented and enamouring young songstresses. These ladies met in Toronto four years ago, where they put their harmonious talents to good use by forming an Acapella group. Their performances include arranged renditions of old favourites, and their own original music that has a familiar vintage feel. When The O’Pears sing together they emit a presence that is infectiously joyous. They flawlessly nail complex harmonies with such confidence that it’s somewhat mesmerizing. But enough of my ramblings; I asked The O’Pears a few questions, and here’s what they had to say for themselves:
How would you describe your music?
We lie within the Folk and Acapella genres, but we also incorporate elements of Jazz, R&B, Celtic and Bluegrass.
What song would you like SDTC readers to hear, and why?
After singing with each other for four years in an R&B and Soul band, we found that there was something special about our blend. We soon realized that we all shared a love of writing music, and The O’Pears began. Have a Heart was the first song we created together. It is one of the songs on our debut EP, Our Own.
Do you have any pre-show rituals?
We almost always give ourselves a few hours to get together, talk about the upcoming show, have tea, eat dinner, and get ready!
If you could share a line-up with any two other artists, which ones would you choose?
We had the incredible opportunity to see Joni Mitchell this summer at Massey Hall, and sharing the stage with her would be the greatest honour. We also love Bon Iver, and have been inspired by his writing and stunning vocal harmonies for years.
What is the best piece of advice you’ve received, in music or life?
Lydia: I once heard a close friend and artist say that when he performs music he sends feelings of gratitude and thankfulness to those listening. We ladies are always overwhelmingly thankful to those who listen and appreciate our music, and to be able to share our love of music with people means a lot to us.
What do you love most about living in Toronto?
There are so many things we love about Toronto: Live music, Beautiful venues, Cozy coffee shops, The Reference Library, The Beaches neighbourhood, Roncesvalles fruit and veggie markets, The fact that many of our close friends reside here, and oh so much more!
Is your musical crush full blown yet? If so, you might want to trek over to the café/record emporium Village Vinyl on December 15th 2-5pm, to catch an afternoon of these charming crooners doing their thing.