Mike ‘Beard Guy’ Taylor Memorial Tribute Concert – Photo Review

Mike "Beard Guy" Taylor Memorial Concert Crowd & Stage

Mike “Beard Guy” Taylor Memorial Tribute Concert
January 13, 2019

On Sunday, Burlington, ON hosted a Memorial Tribute Concert for Mike ‘Beard Guy’ Taylor, keyboardist and vocalist of Walk Off The Earth. He sadly passed away unexpectedly on December 29th, 2018. 

Hundreds of people gathered in Civic Square to honour his memory with his bandmates, friends and family. Brant street and nearby roads were shut down to accommodate the large crowd and Kelly’s Bake Shoppe, located right across the street, generously served free coffee and hot chocolate for all attendees, keeping everyone warm in the cold weather.

Saint Alvia, Darenots, USS, Monster Truck, Scott Helman, Arkells, Barenaked Ladies and Walk Off The Earth all performed touching tributes to their friend.










Mike "Beard Guy" Taylor Memorial Tribute Concert
Hundreds of people gather at Civic Square in Burlington, ON to honour the life and memory of Mike “Beard Guy” Taylor of Walk Off The Earth

It was an emotional evening. At times you could hear people in the crowd sniffling their tears back. Especially during the incredible video tribute their videographer created in honour of such a talented and inspirational man.

For anyone wondering, I did not have a formal photo pass for the event but it was free and in a public space and I knew it was something I didn’t want to miss. I drove an hour from Toronto to attend and hope to capture some of the special moments and love throughout the evening. I brought my 70-200 2.8 to get close to the stage and 14-24 2.8 to attempt to capture all the people who attended.

All Photography by Joanna Glezakos.
Instagram: @VengenzaFotos
Facebook: Vengenza Fotos
Twitter: @VengenzaFotos

BTS of Deanna Petcoff’s new single, ‘Stress’ – Directed by Brittpaperscissors

A few weeks back I was invited by the incredibly talented & creative director, Brittany Farhat (@Brittpaperscissors) to assist on the set of Deanna Petcoff’s new music video for her single, ‘Stress’. I was so excited to help out and snagged some behind the scenes sneaks. You can check out how intricate this set Britt designed really was!





The art direction was amazing and made me feel a bit nostalgic when I walked on to the set for the first time. It reminded me of my room when I was younger covered in posters and photos of my friends and favourite actors/artists.



Britt didn’t leave a single detail out, from old books, cameras and knick-knacks on shelves, a vanity covered in make-up, nail polish, necklaces and notes from friends, to mismatched photo frames and even a “Go Away” sticker on the outside of the bedroom door! She put an incredible amount of effort into realizing her vision and it really shows in the video!



On Set of Deanna Petcoff’s Music Video for ‘Stress’, Directed by Brittpaperscissors

I hope you liked seeing some of the behind the scenes shots! Now get ready to watch the video and get all the nostalgic feels of being in your teenage bedroom!

Official Music Video for Deanna Petcoff’s Single, Stress.
Director, Producer, Editor – Brittany Farhat (@brittpaperscissors) https://www.brittpaperscissors.com/
Director Of Photography – Alex Tong
Assistant Director – John DuGray
Production Assistants – Joanna Glezakos, Matthew Fong
Art Direction – Brittpaperscissors
Art Department – Matthew Fong, Dan Sadaba, Brittany Farhat
Colourist – Kelly Milligan
Starring “Lizard Dude” performed by Pancake, Buggle (fishy), Molly Henderson, Kasi McAuley, Kailas Cassidy, Victoria Gubiani and Madison Cassidy. Special thanks to Mel Radford, Ildsjel Collective & Michel Fong.

Follow Deanna Petcoff:

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/deanna-petcoff/tracks
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/deannapetcoff/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/deannapetcoffmusic/






Here is the latest video work from Vengenza!

We had the pleasure of shooting inside D’Addario Canada’s Warehouse with Sarah Thawer and Rob “Beatdown” Brown.  Check out their links below the video and be sure to follow them, like, subscribe & all that jazz.

Thanks for checking it out!


SARAH THAWER’S CHANNEL https://www.youtube.com/user/SarahTDr…
FOLLOW SARAH ON THE GRAM http://www.instagram.com/sarahtdrumguru
SARAH PLAYS: Yamaha Drums, Zildjian Cymbals, Evans Drumheads, Vic Firth Drumsticks

Video Production by: Vengenza (www.vengenza.ca)
Director of Photography: Joanna Glezakos
Camera Operator/Grip/Editor: Tristan Keddy

SUPPORT THIS CHANNEL ON PATREON! https://www.patreon.com/robbrownondrums

BEATDOWN BROWN’S WEBSITE http://robbrownondrums.com
TWITTER: http://twitter.com/robbrowndrums
FACEBOOK FAN PAGE: http://www.facebook.com/RobBrownOnDrums
ROB BROWN ENDORSES http://yamahadrums.com http://paiste.com http://vicfirth.com http://evansdrumheads.com

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


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

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.


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.


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.


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.


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!


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.



Finding your own path…

So I actually started writing this blog a year ago but never had the guts to finish it. Who was I to say anything about jumping into the world of freelance photography when I had only just leaped. I left it but never deleted it thinking maybe one day I’d come back to it and here I am. The original blog I wrote a year ago with a few revisions.

Like many people I know 2015 was kind of shitty and I spent much of 2016 rebuilding myself, growing and learning. I want to start off by thanking everyone who has played a part in helping me through the last two years and anyone who has supported my crazy dreams. For real though, it was a team effort. I had spent countless nights contemplating selling all my gear and finding a new path.  But I couldn’t forget about the countless hours and effort I had already put in working on my craft. Breaking into the freelance world for any artist is terrifying and daunting task but it’s worth the jump.


In 2012, I had graduated with a BFA in Photography and spent the last 5 years trying to juggle working full or part-time jobs and a freelance career that seemed like it would never take off. I was tired of watching others grow while I felt like I was standing still. So when the opportunity arose for a paid trip to Greece for 1 month, I had to take it.  I worked part-time in retail at the time and I would be leaving during peak season so the choice would come with a consequence. I wouldn’t be able to leave my position during one of the busiest times of the year fir that long but at this point I knew what I had to do. As much as I enjoyed working there, how often would I be asked to shoot a wedding in Greece, and spend a month travelling for free? I was extremely excited and nervous at the same time. I knew I didn’t want to come back and work retail again but I didn’t have many freelance gigs lined up so I didn’t know how I would pay my bills. As terrifying as it was, I knew this was a chance to clear my mind and figure out where to go from there.

I knew full well I was leaving with no safety net to return to. I grabbed my camera and with $100 in my pocket and a willingness to live life as it came I boarded the plan with hopes of remembering what I loved about shooting in the first place.


And boy, was it worth it.

I explored the streets of Athens, Perama, Porto Xeli and Mani for a month. New places and places I remembered from my childhood. This was my 4th time back since I was 6 years old but my first time taking it all in from behind the lens. It was nice not feeling like a tourist, although I know I looked out of place with my big camera I still felt at home. I photographed a wedding and a baptism while I was there (I don’t think I’ve ever been so nervous) and had lined up a few more shoots for when I got back. The time to clear my mind had worked and I knew what I wanted to focus on.


Photographers often talk about a moment. Capturing the moment. The moment it clicks. The decisive moment. The moment where intuition and spontaneity meet. It’s a gut reaction we have to a fleeting moment. We have the need to capture that thing, exactly as it is, in that exact spot, at that exact time because it will never be the same ever again. This is why I had grabbed a camera. Because images by masters like Weegee and Henri Cartier Bresson are imprinted in my brain. A photograph, is the only thing that has ever left me speechless. That is my only goal as a photographer, to capture moments that evoke emotion. 


I had seen it at least a dozen times, people losing their drive, from classmates to coworkers and that’s what was happening to me. Maybe it’s because of a poor education system, an unfulfilling job or a detrimental relationship that has you doubting yourself, but whatever the reason, we are our own worst critics. And that’s when I realised I had to change my train of thought. I always believed I had to have another job just in case my photography didn’t do well. But I wasn’t even giving myself a chance, my time and attention were constantly divided, I was a mess. So this trip was a blessing in disguise.

A year later I can truly say you have to give your dreams a chance or they’ll never have the opportunity to flourish. Can you really say you gave it your all if you give up?


On top of my own event photography, I assist wedding studios on the weekends (which takes up a lot of my social time, sorry friends) and am able to set my schedule to revolve around my music photography. Being able to work for myself has given me the chance to focus on improving my skills, take on creative shoots and pursue greater tasks.

I know it sounds cliche but Alexander Graham Bell once said “When one door closes another door opens.” And it did.

Don’t get me wrong, this ain’t all peaches and cream, there’s still a lot to learn, But I’m only just getting started and I’m so excited for the challenge.

No matter what path you’re on in life, what I’ve learned is that you have to be your own cheerleader. There are enough people in this world who will think and speak poorly of you, so why are you adding yourself to that list? Positivity is infectious so surround yourself will people who support you.

If it wasn’t for finding The Photo Ladies, joining their community last year and seeing all these inspirational woman and amazing photographers pursuing their dreams, I may have never thought I could do it.


My hope for all of you for the remainder of 2017 is to have the courage to pursue your dreams. Figure out what you’re passionate about, find your drive and when you do, don’t let it die. Make the jump, trust yourself and your abilities. Once you believe in yourself, you open yourself up to greater opportunities each and every day. Never doubt the time and effort you have put into perfecting your craft. They say it takes 10,000 hours of deliberate practice to excel in your field, so why give up now?

Thank you for reading this, despite being super wordy & cheesy I hope you enjoyed and I hope you find whatever it is that makes you happy.