Wish, Michael Rault, Fresh Snow, and Army Girls @ The Garrison – February 25, 2014

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)

A four-piece band, but the bass player and the drummer were the only ones with some decent light on them, so I just concentrated on them.
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Loving the motion effect of the drumsticks!
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Foot pedals!
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MICHAEL RAULT (Toronto, Ontario) Garage, Pop, Blues, R&B

Setting up…

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The man himself, Michael Rault.

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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.
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ARMY GIRLS (Toronto, Ontario) Garage Pop

A duo consisting of Carmen Elle on guitar/vocals and Andy Smith on drums. Below, a lonely guitar…
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…is lonely no more. Pre-set shot.

These next four pics are basically the same, but it’s rare I get this many fairly sharp shots in quick succession, so here they are. Probably my favourite shots of the night.
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I love how the light is reflecting off the drummer’s glasses. Don’t know why, I just do. Also, notice the photographer lurking in the back? Hmm, how do I score a spot like that…
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She just plopped down in font of me and started wailing away on the guitar. It was a gift from heaven and I nearly fumbled it. Not as sharp as I’d have liked, but still got some decent ones.
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One of the few full-body shots I got. The rest were all blurry.

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Snapped this just as the drummer gave a dramatic smack to the cymbal. I’d like to capture more of these moments of “peak” action.
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Camera: Canon 60D
Lens: Canon 50mm 1.8 II

Ménage @ Horseshoe Tavern – January 28, 2014

Ménage at the Horseshoe Tavern on Tuesday, January 28, 2014.

MÉNAGE (Los Angeles / Toronto) Alternative

This band is made up of three siblings – Bela Ferreira, Basilio Fernando Ferreira, and Gabriel Ferreira.

ISO 3200 | f2.8 | 1/160

ISO 2500 | f2.8 | 1/160 * ISO 3200 | f2.5 | 1/160

ISO 3200 | f2.8 | 1/160

ISO 3200 | f2.5 | 1/160 (both)

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ISO 3200 | f2.5 | 1/160 (both)

ISO 1600 | f2.5 | 1/160

ISO 3200 | f2.5 | 1/160 (both)

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ISO 3200 | f2.5 | 1/160 (both)

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Website: www.menagetheband.com

Camera: Canon 60D
Lens: Canon 50mm 1.8 II

Sun K @ Horseshoe Tavern – January 28, 2014

Sun K at the Horseshoe Tavern on Tuesday, January 28, 2014.

SUN K (Toronto, Ontario) “Folk ‘n’ Roll”

ISO 3200 | f2.5 | 1/160

ISO 1600 | f2.5 | 1/160

ISO 1600 | f2.5 | 1/160 * ISO 1600 | f2.8 | 1/125

ISO 1600 | f2.5 | 1/160

ISO 1600 | f2.8 | 1/125

ISO 1600 | f3.2 | 1/125

Website: www.sunkofficial.com

Camera: Canon 60D
Lens: Canon 50mm 1.8 II

We Hunt Buffalo @ Horseshoe Tavern – January 28, 2014

We Hunt Buffalo at the Horseshoe Tavern on Tuesday, January 28, 2014.

WE HUNT BUFFALO (Vancouver, BC) “Dirty, grimy, stoner rock”

ISO 3200 | f2.5 | 1/160

ISO 1600 | f2.5 | 1/160 * ISO 3200 | f2.5 | 1/160

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ISO 1600 | f2.5 | 1/160 * ISO 2000 | f2.5 | 1/160

ISO 3200 | f2.5 | 1/160

ISO 3200 | f2.5 | 1/160 (both)

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ISO 3200 | f2.5 | 1/160

Website: www.wehuntbuffalo.com

Camera: Canon 60D
Lens: Canon 50mm 1.8 II