National Arts Centre
1, rue Elgin, Ottawa, (Québec), K1P 5W1
When Caylie Runciman started calling herself Boyhood, it was a nod to childhood nostalgia. Seven years later, the alias, and the beguiling bedroom anthems, are one and the same. Tough-kid guitar grit and deadpan verses give way to whimsical synthlines and delicate harmonies. But like an off-kilter merry-go-round, or a candy shop in a seedy part of town, there’s a shady layer to Runciman’s perfect pop. Her black magic is raw, equal parts ecstasy and heartbreak. And in among the bright colours, there’s the joy and the pain in knowing what it means to grow up.