New Music Video with Buff Justice

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Check out the latest video from Buff Justice, The Long Way!
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In December I teamed up with Brett MacMillan/Buff Justice (www.buffjustice.com) to create two live music videos filmed at The Meat Locker Studio in Toronto.

Buff Justice is comprised of Brett MacMillan on Guitars and Vocals, Sarah Thawer (https://www.sarahthawer.com/) on Drums and Luke Wood on Bass.

We knew we wanted to release the first video, Seize The Day on New Years (because, hello, timing) so we went with an “After A New Years Party” theme and focused on capturing the raw energy of their performance.

I’d love to know what you think of the videos and if we managed to capture the essence of the music!

I’d really love to build on this video work and start creating more conceptual videos. Lets connect if you’re looking to do the same!

 

Thanks for stopping by.

xoxo

jo

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.

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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

The Commoners | Portrait Session

Over the last few months I’ve had the pleasure of catching The Commoners perform live a few times and I don’t think I’ve ever been this excited about a new band. I saw them for the first time at The Crooked’s Debut/Release party at Lee’s Palace and I couldn’t contain myself, they’re so captivating when they play. Then I happened to run into them again at Canadian Music Week at a much more intimate performance at Ildsjel in Toronto.

Not only are they extremely talented musicians (I highly recommend you check out their latest video Walkin’ South, it’ll give you chills) but they’ve got a phenomenal stage presence and are the nicest guys you’ll ever meet.
Watch their latest video below & check out the photos from our session!

We headed to Cherry Beach at the start of their session just before sunset. so we got some really nice soft lighting especially since it was an overcast day. I knew we would be walking around quite a bit so I wanted to keep equipment light.
For the most part I used my Nikon D800 and Tamron 24-70mm 2.8 Lens.

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Since Cherry Beach is also home to a rather large unleashed dog park we got a lot of awesome photo bombs which were my favourite part.

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We shot a variety of candid and some posed images but I just asked the guys to be themselves. I like to work like a fly on the wall rather than directing every single movement. I just kept in mind what they wanted to use the images for and we’re lucky that Cherry Beach has such a variety of backgrounds to shoot with that we got a lot of great options.

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Afterwords we headed to Polson Pier nearby, I know it’s where everyone goes but it is a beautiful view of the city so we got creative with the skyline.

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You’ll be able to catch the guys this weekend at Taste of The Danforth on Sunday in Toronto. All the information is available on the Facebook event here.

Thanks for checking these out!

Photography by Joanna Glezakos.
Please do not share to repost without credit.

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

Brett “Buff” Justice | Portrait Session

I’ve known Brett a long time and he’s a very talented producer based out of Toronto, ON. We caught up last month to photograph a concept we had in mind for a while.
At his studio they have a ton of equipment, old and new instruments and amps, stacked neatly around the room so we decided to create a wall of instruments that represents the complexity of his skills as a musician and producer.

The studio is very dark, a repurposed meat locker (hence the studio’s name, The Meat Locker), so after setting up the room I lit the it using three LED panels for the colour casts and some christmas lights for the background.

Brett and I have had the pleasure of working together on many projects over the years with music videos and photoshoots and so much more. He’s such a laid back and relaxed guy who’s into some pretty funky music so with the coloured lights i wants to create a vibe that would suit him.

It was really fun and I even had little four legged assistant that got in on some of the shots.

This has been one of my favourite shoots to Direct, Brett really let me take control and try so many things I could barely stop shooting.

If you’re looking to set up your own portrait session I would love to hear from you!
Feel free to contact me and don’t be shy, please use the contact form.

Thanks for stopping by! More sessions coming up next week!

xo
jo

NEW VIDEO : ‘FAREWELL’ by CALUM GRAHAM

Hey guys!

I’m so stoked to finally be able to share our latest music video work!

This was shot in the beautiful Studio Bon Soleil in Toronto which is available for rent from Marie who is the sweetest! You’ll find more information on their site here.

CALUM GRAHAM – FAREWELL

Directed and shot by yours truly and edited by Tristan Keddy.

More information about Calum is available below.

CDs, Tabs, and Downloads available at : https://calumgraham.com/track/984628/…
https://www.calumgraham.com
Itunes : https://itunes.apple.com/ca/album/tab…
Spotify : https://open.spotify.com/album/30OgCz…
Instagram : http://instagram.com/calum1234
Calum is playing a Tony Karol Harp Guitar in this video.
https://karol-guitars.com
Recorded on a Duane Noble, and engineered, mixed, and mastered by Antoine Dufour.
https://dlnobleguitars.com

 

Hope you enjoyed the video!

I’d love to hear from you! How you like the video or if you have any questions! Feel free to leave a comment & thanks for stopping by!

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