After six months of sticking to the same three venues (The Horseshoe, Sneaky Dee’s, Bovine Sex Club), an opportunity came up to shoot a concert at The Garrison, a place I’d never been to before. The people behind NXNE, the annual music festival that takes place in June, set up a FREE concert that featured four bands and a bunch of DJ’s (I didn’t stick around for the DJ’s). On the bill were Wish, Michael Rault, Fresh Snow, and Army Girls. I signed up online to get on the guest list, and there didn’t seem to be any special permission required to take pictures. In other words, nobody tackled me when I pulled out my camera. A fairly spacious place, which can accommodate between 270 and 350 people, depending on which source you choose to believe.
The first band was set to go on at 8:30. I showed up about 15 minutes early and got a spot near the front of the stage, though I was able to move around a fair bit throughout the night. I’d say there were probably at least six other photographers there – all with huge lenses. Me, I had my little 50mm lens, as usual. I wasn’t crazy about the lighting – purplish, blueish and somewhat dim – but it was far from the worst I’ve seen. Here’s a shot I took of the stage before the show started.
WISH (Toronto, Ontario)
MICHAEL RAULT (Toronto, Ontario) Garage, Pop, Blues, R&B
The man himself, Michael Rault.
FRESH SNOW (Toronto, Ontario)
The members of Fresh Snow play instrumental rock. They hammered out their entire set from behind a giant white sheet, which had various abstract images projected onto it. I suppose I could have peeked behind the sheet and gotten some shots of the band members, but I instead just moved back and shot the sheet. Very exciting, I know.
ARMY GIRLS (Toronto, Ontario) Garage Pop
…is lonely no more. Pre-set shot.
One of the few full-body shots I got. The rest were all blurry.
Camera: Canon 60D
Lens: Canon 50mm 1.8 II