Paradise Animals, River Tiber, and Prince Innocence @ Wrongbar – March 6, 2014

The Field Trip music festival, which takes place June 7 & 8 in Toronto, presented three bands in what I suppose was a festival preview gig on Thursday, March 6 at Wrongbar. Free to attend, it was another chance to shoot at a venue I’d never been to before. The doors were to open at 9, but that got pushed back by a half hour, so I waited it out at a nearby shawarma joint. The place was packed (Wrongbar, not the shawarma joint) when I got there. Someone handed me a ticket inside the front door and told me I could redeem it for a free beer. Nice! I put it in my pocket and took a look around. A very cool space, with room for over 200 people. Plenty of tables and comfy chairs, a disco ball, video screens, and a long, open space in the middle leading to the stage.

The three bands on the bill were Paradise Animals, River Tiber, and Prince Innocence. Here’s one of those nifty video screens I just mentioned:
ISO 3200 (auto) | f2 | 1/100

PARADISE ANIMALS (Toronto, Ontario)

ISO 6400 (auto) | f2 | 1/80

ISO 6400 (auto) | f2 | 1/100

ISO 6400 (auto) | f2 | 1/100

ISO 6400 (auto) | f2 | 1/100

ISO 6400 (auto) | f2 | 1/100

ISO 6400 (auto) | f2 | 1/60

ISO 6400 (auto) | f2 | 1/60

ISO 6400 (auto) | f2 | 1/250

ISO 6400 (auto) | f2 | 1/80

ISO 6400 (auto) | f2 | 1/80

After the first band, I decided to go to the bar and redeem my drink ticket. I never drink when I shoot, but I figured I’d have a beer, after all, it was free! I presented my ticket to the barkeep and asked what kind of beer I could get. But sadly, there would be no free beer for me. Nope. She told me that they weren’t accepting the tickets anymore. I was like, what?! I just got the thing an hour ago! She was like, yeah, we gave out over 300 beers, blah blah. Not accepting them anymore. OK whatever. In my opinion, when they give you a ticket and say, “This is good for a free beer!” there shouldn’t be a time limit attached. Or if there is, they should tell you that when they give you the damn thing! Anyway, to look on the bright side, at least my streak of no drinking “on the job” remains intact.

RIVER TIBER (Toronto, Ontario)

Setting up…
ISO 3200 (auto) | f2 | 1/80

I’m not one to do much research before shooting a band, but apparently, the frontman of River Tiber plays every single instrument on recordings and employs a band just for live gigs. Pretty impressive.
ISO 1000 (auto) | f2 | 1/80

ISO 3200 (auto) | f2.8 | 1/100

ISO 3200 (auto) | f2.8 | 1/100

ISO 3200 (auto) | f2.8 | 1/100

ISO 3200 (auto) | f2.8 | 1/100 (both)

ISO 3200 (auto) | f2.8 | 1/100

ISO 3200 (auto) | f2.8 | 1/100

ISO 3200 (auto) | f2.8 | 1/100

ISO 3200 (auto) | f2.8 | 1/100 * ISO 1600 (auto) | f2.5 | 1/125

They brought their own neon sign. That’s pretty damn cool.
ISO 3200 (auto) | f2.5 | 1/125

PRINCE INNOCENCE (Toronto/Montreal)

Closing out the night with the minimalist stylings of the mesmerizing Prince Innocence…
ISO 3200 (auto) | f2.5 | 1/125

ISO 3200 (auto) | f2.5 | 1/125

ISO 3200 (auto) | f2.5 | 1/125

ISO 3200 (auto) | f2.5 | 1/125

ISO 3200 (auto) | f2.5 | 1/125

ISO 3200 (auto) | f2.5 | 1/125

ISO 3200 (auto) | f2.5 | 1/125

ISO 3200 (auto) | f2.5 | 1/125

ISO 3200 (auto) | f2.5 | 1/125

ISO 3200 (auto) | f2.5 | 1/125

ISO 3200 (auto) | f2.5 | 1/125

Camera: Canon 60D
Lens: 50mm f1.8 II

NOTES:
-The lighting was quite low during Paradise Animals’ set, so I had to really bump up the ISO. Looks pretty when you’re just there to enjoy the show, but when you’re trying to capture some decent images, it’s not very ideal. Especially with my camera, which is not the greatest at taking low-light pics. The image colour is pretty saturated and the noise levels are a bit high for my liking, but what are you gonna do? Luckily, they boosted the lights for River Tiber and Prince Innocence, so image quality was a bit better with those.
-Saw one or two other photographers there, but didn’t approach them, even though there was ample time to do so. Doesn’t hurt to network, right? Next time!
-In the crowd was the bass player from a band I photographed in concert last year at the Horseshoe. I guessed I could have been like, “Hey, aren’t you in so-and-so band?” But again, my anxiety got the better of me.
-A packed crowd, but I was still able to move around and shoot from some different angles, especially since there was a narrow, open area all along the front of the stage.