I am a little delayed posting the concert recap for the week of May 5th to 14th since I’m also knee deep in wedding season so I apologies! This past weekend alone spent 39 hours shooting so I am pooped! I’ve also shot a few portrait sessions with musicians/producers so I’ve been spending most of my time editing these but I’m happy to be back in action.
This week’s events included a Tito & Marlon Jackson, Laura Marling, I Prevail, 102.1 The Edge’s Secret Thing with Royal Blood and The Prism Prize Awards. It was quite a mix of events but a ton of fun to shoot.
Tito & Marlon Jackson, May 5th, 2017 @ Yonge & Dundas Square
I got my a text on Sunday night asking if I could shoot at Yonge and Dundas square the next day, I saw a glimpse of the name “Jackson” but thought nothing of it.
The next morning I headed to Yonge and Dundas Square in the heart of Toronto to photograph some sort of event, a live show or perhaps a meet & greet and with whom I didn’t know. I arrived early but the square was filled with fences covering up construction and there didn’t seem to be much of anything happening at all. I found a security guard nearby who knew less than I did! I quickly texted my contact and we were able to connect and she filled me in. Tito, Marlon and Jackie Jackson were all scheduled to appear for a special meet & greet with fans as a publicity stunt for their show coming up on June 9th at Rebel. Tito and Marlon were the only ones that made an appearance but fans were excited to get photos and autographs here are some of my favourite shots from the event. More at FridaeTV.
Laura Marling, May 10th, 2017 @ The Danforth Music Hall
The stage was set beautifully with flowers draped from every stand. The lights dimmed and Laura appeared from stage right. From the left, a stage hand brought out her guitar, she slung it over her shoulder and smiled sheepishly. She approached the mic stand, with the first few notes I was blown away. She sings with such sadness and beauty my heart began to melt. Truly and old soul trapped in a young body. More photos available at FridaeTV.
Starset & I Prevail, May 11th, 2017 @ The Danforth Music Hall
The following night, the Danforth hosted a completely different set of concert goers with Starset & I Prevail. Starset’s performance was a lot of fun. They had brought their own LED panels, lighting and smoke rigs and the guitarists wear space suits with LED’s synced to the music for a really spectacular performance. My only qualm would be the DJ stand in the middle of the stage which made it really hard to get a group shot from the pit but I managed to get up to the balcony to get what I wanted. As the stage was cleared the crowd cheered “I Prevail, I Prevail”. The lights dimmed and the crowd erupted, overall a great performance by both bands. Being in the mosh pit reminded me of going to shows when I was younger since I haven’t been to something like that in a while. More photos at Aesthetic Magazine.
102.1 The Edge Secret Thing #3, May 12th, 2017 @ The Velvet Underground
This was the 3rd Secret Thing local radio station 102.1 The Edge hosted; This was really exciting to shoot since the performers were unannounced and you could only win your way in. I arrived at the venue for 7:15pm to meet Hayley and we headed inside. There was a buzz in the air and most people seemed to have an idea of who was going to play but I remained clueless. I had my hopes of who it would be since I was on an Arkells kick lately but as soon as they let us into the pit I quickly realized it was not. Taped to the floor was a set list with “Royal Blood” on the top and guitar picks sticking out of the mic stand with their name on it as well. Shout out to 102.1 for being able to keep it quiet for so long! I think the secret may have leaked earlier in the week as well but I was oblivious. I hadn’t been that excited for a show in a long time and I had a really great time. More photos at FridaeTv.
Prism Prize Awards, May 14th, 2017 @ TIFF Bell Lightbox
To change things up on Sunday night I photographed the Prism Prize Award show including some behind the scenes in the Green Room during interviews. It was pretty fun to do something a bit different than a live show. The Prism Prize is a national, juried award established to recognize the artistry of the modern music video in Canada. After the pre-show interviews in the Green Room we headed to a theatre and watched the awards. See the photos for some of the award winners & check out the prism prize website for more. It was pretty inspiring to see such amazing Canadian talent in one place and I’m very grateful for the experience. More photos are available at Aesthetic Magazine.
Phewf. Alright, I’m going to try and keep this more up to date!
Thanks for checking out my weekly concert recap! I’d love to hear what you think or if you have any questions.