Halifax’s Rich Aucoin is known for his ingenuity. For his first coast-to-coast tour, he biked across Canada to raise money for charity, performing an album designed to screen alongside How the Grinch Stole Christmas. 2011’s We Are Going To Live, meanwhile, employs 500 Canadian musicians on aspirational tracks that tease out vocoder-electro and contemplative disco (especially on the sweeping “Brian Wilson Is A.L.I.V.E.”). Tonight at Piano’s, Aucoin just wants to make you happy, with DIY confetti blasts, audience participation games straight out of kindergarten class, and his signature reckless enthusiasm.
Wed., Jan. 18, 8:30 p.m., 2012