BEST OF 2017

I don’t have to tell you that 2017 was crazy. It was my first year fully freelancing (and I survived! woo!). One of my major goals was to photograph more music, and I can definitely say I did.

2016 | 3 Festivals, 20 concerts & 46 Bands

vs.

2017 | 5 Festivals, 72 concerts & 161 Bands

That’s an average of 1.5 shows a week! Some were music festivals, including multiple days but I had a blast. Freelancing has given me the ability to shoot what I’m most passionate about. It was one of the scariest steps I’ve ever taken but it was worth the risk.

I’m aiming high for 2018, my goals include more promotional work, video production and touring with a band (hit me up!)

You’ll find my top 35 concert moments of 2017 below!

2017 TOP 35-1Anti-Flag at The Phoenix shot for Stitched Sound.

2017 TOP 35-2Repartee in London shot for FridaeTV.

2017 TOP 35-3USS in London shot for FridaeTV.

2017 TOP 35-4Bad Suns @ The Velvet Underground shot for Aesthetic Magazine.

2017 TOP 35-5
The Flaming Lips at Rebel shot for FridaeTV.

2017 TOP 35-6A Place To Bury Strangers at The Danforth Music Hall shot for The Photo Ladies.

2017 TOP 35-7Starset The Opera House shot for Aesthetic Magazine.

2017 TOP 35-8I Prevail at The Opera House shot for Aesthetic Magazine

2017 TOP 35-9
Fast Romantics at The Mod Club shot for FridaeTV.

2017 TOP 35-10
Muna at NXNE shot for FridaeTV,

2017 TOP 35-11
Thursday at The Danforth Music Hall shot for Aesthetic Magazine.

2017 TOP 35-12Passion Pit at NXNE shot for FridaeTV.

2017 TOP 35-13Jared and The Mill at Adelaide Hall shot for FridaeTV.

2017 TOP 35-14Third Eye Blind at Echo Beach shot for Aesthetic Magazine.

2017 TOP 35-15Dear Rouge at Niagara-On-The-Lake Canada Day 2017 shot for FridaeTV.

2017 TOP 35-16Corey Taylor performing with Stone Sour shot for Aesthetic Magazine.2017 TOP 35-17Korn at Budweiser Stage shot for Aesthetic Magazine.

2017 TOP 35-18Chris Stapleton at Budweiser Stage shot for Aesthetic Magazine.

2017 TOP 35-19USS at Elora Riverfest shot for FridaeTV.

2017 TOP 35-20Gogo Bordello at Elora Riverfest shot for FridaeTV.

2017 TOP 35-21Palaye Royale at The Opera House shot for Aesthetic Magazine.

2017 TOP 35-22The White Noise at The Opera House shot for Aesthetic Magazine.

2017 TOP 35-23Enter Shikari at Hard Luck shot for FridaeTV.

2017 TOP 35-24A Day To Remember at Rebel shot for Aesthetic Magazine.

2017 TOP 35-25The Black Dahlia Murder at The Opera House shot for FridaeTV.

2017 TOP 35-26Fall Out Boy at the ACC shot for Aesthetic Magazine.

2017 TOP 35-28Dear Rouge at The Casbys shot for FridaeTV.

2017 TOP 35-29Ellevator at The Mod Club shot for FridaeTV.

2017 TOP 35-30Yelawolf at The Phoenix shot for Aesthetic Magazine.

2017 TOP 35-31Circa Survive at Rebel shot for Aesthetic Magazine.

2017 TOP 35-32Thrice at Rebel shot for Aesthetic Magazine.

2017 TOP 35-33The Regrettes at The Opera House shot for Aesthetic Magazine.

2017 TOP 35-34The Interrupters at The Opera House shot for Aesthetic Magazine.

2017 TOP 35-35SWMRS at The Opera House shot for Aesthetic Magazine.

 

xo jo

Concert Recap: 05.22-28.2017

I managed to shoot two shows this past week! Still not my three show goal, but getting better! Plus Concerts are picking up for the summer and I’m shooting for more publications so hopefully that means more approvals. So keep your fingers crossed for me! So lets dive right in!

Brothers Of North, May 24th, 2017 @ The Phoenix Concert Theatre

I forgot how much I like this venue, it’s where I attended my first punk/rock concert, MXPX, I believe in 2002 and then the first show I ever photographed, Mindless Self Indulgence in 2007. The Phoenix is a decent sized venue and wasn’t too crowded which was nice considering there was no photo pit. I brought my long lens with me and mostly shot from the crowd. I love having the ability to roam around cause that way you can find the best angles for depth/composition instead of being confined to the 4 feet in front of the stage and super bonus you’re not shooting up people’s noses.

The show started with Dylan Hennessy, a solo singer-songwriter/artist who beatboxes & uses a loop pedal during his performance. He puts on a pretty amazing show and I encourage you to check out more of his music here.

Next up was another Toronto band, Blackie Jackett Jr, who may look a little familiar to you as they are the guitarists from Finger Eleven, James Black and Rick Jackett joined by Sandra Dee and Jimmy Reid. This is the second time I’ve seen them and they put on the best shows. They’ll get you dancing even if you don’t like country music. Their crude lyrics had everyone laughing and they’re really fun to watch so I’d recommend seeing them if you get a chance!

Last but not least was Brothers of North. Love, love, loved their LED panel in the background. It added depth to the images and made for really nice compositions. To be honest I hadn’t head of these guys before but I’m glad i did, they’ve got a really great sound, really catchy tunes and were a ton of fun to watch. They’ve got new music coming out this year so keep an eye out for em!
USS, May 25th, 2017 @ Mill St. Brew Hall for #GreaterTorontoDay

On May 25th, Toronto celebrated #GreaterTorontoDay, an initiative to make the GTA better by doing simple acts of kindness. USS Performed free mini acoustic concerts across the city including Mill St. Brew Hall in The Distillery District. To be honest this was a bit boring to shoot since there was no additional lighting on them during their performance, so I focused more on their reactions. But  They’re such nice guys, before and after their set they hung out and talked to people and even bought a round for everyone in the bar! T

Once again, I’d love to hear what you think or if you have any questions feel free to leave a comment. Thanks for stopping by!

xo
jo

Concert Recap: 05.15-21.2017

Hey guys! I’m back and on track! Somewhat. haha! So this week was a little slow for shows, I’ve been shooting quite a few portraits lately that I can’t wait to show you guys but I’ve had to keep them on the DL. I’ve also been up to my knees in weddings, I assist two studios along with shooting my own events but these images are shared on those respective sites so this weeks recap will be short but sweet.

I was truly hoping to shoot Bush on Thursday but alas approval didn’t come through. But on the plus side, it did for Tokyo Police Club so I can’t complain!

Tokyo Police Club, May 18th, 2017 @ The Danforth Music Hall

Lighting was actually pretty nice tonight at The Danforth Music Hall plus I got to see my photo lady friend Veronique who also shoots for 102.1 The Edge. The night was sponsored by Mott’s Clamato to celebrate National Caesar Day. They handed out free samples of their new Pickled Bean flavour and it wasn’t half bad. I’m a fan of Caesar’s though and I know they’re not for every one. I entered the venue and they had big Mott’s Clamato Logo’s projected on the walls which I thought was a nice touch. The show was great and they played their classics along with some new songs.

Unfortunately there were no more shows this week as I spent 39 hours this weekend shooting weddings and I was so exhausted I practically slept till Tuesday. I hope you enjoyed these though, I’m quite happy with how they turned out. More photos at FridaeTV.

Thanks for stopping by! And once again I’d love to hear what you think! Were you at the show? Anyone have a cool experience?

xo
jo

P.S I also learned in the USA they don’t have caesar’s, but Bloody Mary’s which are made with Tomato juice. I had to explain to someone that our Clamato juice has clams (hence the name) and that’s what makes it that more delicious (sorry vegetarian’s).

Concert Recap : 05.08-14.2017

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.

xo
jo