From April 18th to the 23rd, bands, industry reps and concert goers flooded the Toronto core for Canadian Music Week. Although we didn’t receive accreditation for CMW this year I still managed to find myself at three shows on Thursday, April 20th. One, a Strut Entertainment Social Event introducing the wonderfully talented Command Sisters from Alberta. They recently moved to Toronto and as intro to the media performed an acoustic set in a hotel suite in the Sheraton in Toronto.
I then rushed to catch a Women’s Showcase at the new Ildsjel Collective, a studio space on Carlaw in Toronto. It’s a neat open space with tall ceilings and even a garage door that lets in lots of daylight. There’s a bar at the front which is convenient for events and overall a really cool space! There were a total of 6 performances including Jacelyn Holmes, Caren, Gillian Nicola, Gray, Altered by Mom and The Commoners! (It was a treat running into these guys two weeks in a row, they put on a killer performance, their tunes are catchy and I have a feeling they’re going to go far.) While shooting this show I received approval for the evenings events which was an extra bonus for the day!
It was a pleasure to catch all of these performances, everyone was also really awesome about let me shoot during their whole set but I always try to ensure I’m not disturbing everyone else’s experience. I hate when I’m trying to enjoy a show and there’s a guy or gal with a camera front and centre stage the whole time. (But I digress) Timing couldn’t have been better, The Commoners set finished and I had just enough time to head to The Velvet Underground to catch The New Electric and Courage My Love.
Oddly enough I had seen the guys from The New Electric earlier in the day during The Command Sisters’ performance, they’re part of the Strut Entertainment Family so I wasn’t surprised but it’s always nice to see a familiar face. The show was amazing, I always love seeing bands in smaller venues, their performances are more intimate and I usually get more expressive shots.
Lighting however proved to be VERY challenging on both the dummerss but especially for Phoenix Arn-Horne, the drummer of Courage My Love. I ALWAYS try and take shots of the drummer, why? Because they’re often forgotten. I can’t even count the number of times I have been thanked by a drummer for taking photographs of them! And to be honest it’s not their fault, I find lighting guys either forget the drummers completely or light them like their gods, I’ve never really seen a middle ground (you’ll see what I mean in a later post). If anyone is interested I can get into the difficulty of concert lighting and how to prepare yourself for various types of lighting.
That’s all for now!
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