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

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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

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Fast Romantics at The Mod Club shot for FridaeTV.

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Muna at NXNE shot for FridaeTV,

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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

Third Eye Blind | Summer Gods Tour 06.28.2017

I’ve fallen a little behind on these as concert season has slowed down a bit and wedding season is in full swing but I’m going to try and post them more consistently!

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On Wednesday June 28th, I saw Third Eye Blind at Echo Beach in Toronto. This was a special show for me. The band is on their Summer Gods Tour, celebrating 20 years since their release of their debut, self-titled album, and an album which has meant a lot to me over the last 17 years.

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I was 10, the album had already been out for 3 years but my sister was getting in what I called a “grunge” phase and had picked up this CD from Music World at our local mall. (Shout out to Music World, where I first went to discover new music). She was 16 now and was moving out to live with my dad and was leaving a lot of her stuff behind. So I took it upon myself to take some of what I thought were the cooler items; like her plaid shirts, chain wallet and one CD, because I liked the cover. After she left I finally had a room to myself, after sharing it with her for so many years, I put the CD in the stereo and laid on my bed and listened to it from start to finish.

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It wasn’t until I saw that same album performed live 17 years later that I realized what a pivotal moment that was for me. This band and that album changed the music I listened to and started the mould of the person I’d become. Their music got me through some of the toughest times and songs like Semi-Charmed Life and Jumper would be on playlists for years to come. The friends and memories made to these songs are unforgettable. When my car stereo died last year and all it would play was CD’s from start to finish, it was the first album I grabbed. It’s practically perfect, I have so many favourites it would be easier to say the only song I didn’t like at first was London but even that has grown on me.  The Background, Narcolepsy, God of Wine, Motorcycle Drive By… seriously, so many good ones.

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I was eagerly anticipating this show. Keeping my fingers crossed for months because I didn’t want to miss it. Luck was on my side and our approval came through! I arrived at Ontario Place, memories from my childhood flood back, despite it being a shell of what it once was. I got my pass and we were escorted to the pit through the anxious crowd. They range from 20 to 40 somethings eagerly awaiting the forthcoming wave of 90’s nostalgia.

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We got in the pit and a big black curtain gets raised in front of the stage. The music begins and lights cast silhouettes of the band as they take the stage on the raised platform behind the black veil. The curtain drops as they open with Weightless as Stephan’s suit lights up with the beat of the music. The best part was they didn’t play any songs from their first album until after I got out of the pit so I could watch the whole show and sing my heart out to every word.

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I almost wish we were allowed to photograph the whole show, even from the crowd. The lighting was so much better during the latter half of their set. The raised platform was actually covered in LED’s and THIRDEYEBLIND appeared in giant lights behind them, plus the CN tower was in the background! I still can’t believe how many people there were, and so many singing along to every word of the songs. I was pretty far back but I still enjoyed every minute of it. I haven’t been to a show like that in a long time. It reminded me of when I was a teenager waiting to see my favourite bands and experiencing that euphoria all over again. I took some videos but unfortunately WordPress won’t allow me to upload them, i’ll try and put them up on youtube and maybe link them below.

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Seeing them live after so long sort of brought things full circle for me. I laughed, I cried and had one of the best nights of my life. I honestly can’t express what It was like to see them and this album performed live for the first time.

Thank you Third Eye Blind, for everything.

All photography by myself, Joanna Glezakos. Please do not share or post without proper credit.

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: 04.25.2017

I was asked to shoot seasoned boy band O-TOWN & new comer Sonny Mackenzi on Tuesday April 25th for FridaeTv. How could I say no? Who wouldn’t want to relive the days of boy bands, spiky hair, choreographed dancing and one of the most inappropriate songs of our generation?

I wanted to know what I was in for. I re-watched the video to their breakthrough hit single “Liquid Dreams” an unhealthy amount of times prior to catching their show in Toronto at The Mod Club so I would be thoroughly prepared to see them live for the first time since their debut 16 years ago.

The show began with Sonny Mackenzi, who’s latest track New Crush has been flooding the radio since last summer. Along with her background dancers, Teresa Jade & Kalyn Hardman, they put on a killer performance and had the crowd riled up for O-TOWN.

Following her performance I had the chance to interview Sonny, Teresa and Kalyn and you can check out the interview along with a few more of the photos on FridaeTv.com.

And of course, the moment we had been so eagerly anticipating, O-TOWN.

It also happened to be Jacob’s birthday and his girlfriend surprised him on stage while the crowd sang him happy birthday, it was quite sweet. The guys are still rockin, they’ve been writing a lot and have new music which they played mostly and only indulged us with a handful of their hits including “Liquid Dreams” and “All or Nothing”. Overall it was a good performance and I’m glad I got to see these guys play at least once. By the way, if you’re wondering, yes, one of the original guys is missing from these photos. Angel left the band a few years ago to pursue personal things, too bad cause he was my favourite.

Thanks for checking them out!

Stay tuned for more show recaps!

xo
jo

9 Bands in 12 Hours – Concert Recap: 04.21.2017

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!

Thanks for checking this blog out and please follow for more.

xo
jo

 

Concert Recap: April 10-16th, 2017

Hey friends!

I wanted to start sharing more of my photographic experiences and experiments with you as I’m continuing my journey I figured I’d share some of my favourite shots from recent shows as well as tips or tricks I learn along the way!

This past week I photographed Walkwaves at The Horseshoe Tavern and a double header on Thursday night, Crash Vegas at The Danforth Music Hall and Age of Electric at The Mod Club.

This was a fun show at the Horsehoe, I love the tinsel in on the back wall, it adds a nice bokeh when shooting with a longer lens. It’s funny because I see people mock when people use a 70-200 in a small venue but there’s a difference in lens compression and bokeh you can’t get unless you use a long lens.

This was an interesting shoot at The Danforth Music Hall, generally it is GA/Standing but for Crash Vegas this night it was seated and photographers were only allowed down the aisles and not against the stage where we normally are for three songs. That wasn’t the challenging part for these images though I found the lighting to be very harsh so editing was a bit tricky but I think they turned out alright!

The Mod Club can be a difficult venue to photograph, these images were taken from the balcony since I had to head to Crash Vegas earlier in the evening I didn’t have the opportunity to get close to the stage, there was no pit and the Mod Club doesn’t really have the best layout to get past the crowd blob so I worked with what I had.

I am based in Toronto so most of my shows will be at local venues but I am available for travel if you’re ever looking for photographic coverage! If you’d like to see more of the images check out Fridae TV.

I would love to hear your thoughts! Criticism is always welcome as I’m looking to grow so please let me know what you think in the comments! Also let me know if you’d like to see more of these!

If you like what you see follow on Instagram @vengenzafotos and Facebook Vengenza Fotografia for more!

Thanks for stopping by!

xojo

NEW VENGENZA.CA

It’s been a long time coming!
Welcome to the new site and thank you so much for visiting.

Let me introduce myself:
For those of you who do not know me, my name is Joanna Glezakos and I am a freelance photographer based in Toronto, ON. My passion for music and photography have brought me to a point in my life where I am able to pursue this as a career and I am truly thankful.

With this new site I hope to:
To provide new and returning clients with unforgettable images.
Share creative endeavours & encourage discussions around music, life & photography.

Still a few tweaks:
There are a few things I’ll need to iron out and I don’t officially have portfolios up as I’m hoping to finish editing new work before selecting the images; however in the meantime you’ll find a sample of my work in the new galleries.

Bringing Everything Together:
Music & Weddings, Portfolio & Blog, Now all-in-one.
As some of you may have experienced, I was constantly torn between my being a music photographer and being a wedding photographer. I had two websites, one geared towards weddings and the other for music but neither was very good.
I was living in denial that I couldn’t be a hopeless romantic who’s love of music puts her in the grungiest, dirtiest bars in the city.
I just couldn’t believe that I could have clients that enjoyed both.
Well even rockstars get married, so I can’t be the only one!

New Galleries:

LIVE  |  ENGAGEMENTS  |  EVENTS
EDITORIAL  |  WEDDINGS  |  PORTRAITS


New Blog Widgets:

Want to see what I’m up to at all times?
Well now you can with all these nifty widgets to the right of  your screen!
Follow me on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter.
You can even check out what shows I might be shooting next& upcoming events with my synced iCalendar!

New Shop & More:

Looking for a neat gift? Why not a print from their favourite musician from the Print Shop.
Want to view & share or order your favourite images from our shoot? Visit Client Galleries.
If you’re looking for information on the different services and prices associated with them visit Bookings.

New About Section:

It’s deep, like a wading pool.
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Also, can I hire someone to take my photo? I hate taking my own.

Coming Soon:
I have a few passion projects in the works & new commercial work coming soon,
Stay tuned!

I hope to keep up with blogging this year, You guys can keep me accountable for it! Thank you so much again for stopping by. I hope you’ve enjoyed what you’ve seen. Hopefully you’ve had fun clicking around and looking at all the photos.

Hope you follow along for the journey.

I would always love to hear from you! Feel free to drop a comment or send an e-mail to shootme@vengenza.ca if you’ve got a great idea!