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Shawn Hook is a Canadian EMI artist and philanthropist with a smoldering talent. Watch this young star erupt slow and steady.

I’ve seen him play live for the second time, most recently at Salle Andre-Mathieu in Laval, Quebec. After this show he performed at Fashion Cares with Sir Elton John. Most assuredly, Sir Elton will notice Shawn’s piano, guitar playing, youthful good looks, and strong singing voice.

Cosmonaut and the Girl is Hook’s first album release. The songs are catchy with a conscience. They are great for a club setting and musically solid, backed by a full band live. I caught him performing last year at Canadian Music Week in Toronto. He was my favorite performer and an unexpected surprise, making me appreciate up and coming pop music again.

Salle Andre-Mathieu is an interesting venue. The show was filled with adolescents. The electro pop of Lights and her introspective lyrics brought passionate screams from fans.The dim lighting and mood was at its peak during Lights’ song “Saviour”. Lyrics with keys felt intimate, with fans singing every word perfectly.

Hook played with enthusiasm, revealing a falsetto comparable to Bruno Mars and pop rock vocal of Maroon 5. His set ended with radio friendly “Red Light” showing the crowd his potential for more moments like this.

Shawn makes teens go wild. Girls scream when he approaches. He played to this, shaking hands and singing close to the lucky ones at the front. His independent charisma steers him from the boy band genre, with an older fan base acknowledging his talent at the end of the set.

He was available for pictures and signings. It was nice to have an in person chat, more personal than our online correspondence. Kind and friendly, he is a true Canadian talent who soaks up the respect given by fans and media. I gave Shawn a hug and told him how well he played, yet again. I’m looking forward to seeing where he will go next.