GoldLink, Gravez, McCallaman @ The Velvet Underground – March 12, 2016

The Velvet Underground had been closed down for a short while. Then someone bought it and did some renovations. Now, it’s open again! Having never officially photographed a show there, I made a specific effort to do so. The first available gig I could snag was GoldLink, with Gravez, and McCallaman, on March 12. The lighting system is definitely much better than it was before. Too bad that they kept the two openers in virtual darkness for much of their respective sets. They did a bit better when GoldLink himself came on. I got to the show a touch late, so I wasn’t able to get a spot at the front of the stage. Luckily, the side stage area was restricted to the non-general public, so I was able to shoot from there in a relatively unencumbered fashion. I shot this on assignment for A Music Blog, Yea?

GoldLink

Gravez

McCallaman

Camera: Canon 60D
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM

Stay Warm Fest @ The Danforth Music Hall – December 20, 2015

Canadian hardcore heroes Silverstein headlined the first ever Stay Warm Fest at The Danforth Music Hall on Sunday, December 20. The other bands on the bill were Cancer Bats, Beartooth, Seaway, Capsize, Cardinals Pride, and Safe To Stay. I was there from about 5-10:30, which is a long time to be at a concert, but they thankfully had a photo pit, so it wasn’t too bad. The shooting conditions were a bit on the brutal side. Lots of flashing lights, lots of darkness. Hard to get proper exposures, hard to get shots in focus. In the end, I got the shots I needed to get, though it was far from my greatest shoot. Still, I don’t mind these mini festivals. Great chance to photograph a bunch of bands all at once. I shot this for Aesthetic Magazine Toronto. Click the link to see the full set of concert photos.

Silverstein

Cancer Bats

Beartooth

Seaway

Capsize

Cardinals Pride

Safe To Say

Camera: Canon 60D
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM

The OBGMs, Stuck On Planet Earth, Aukland @ The Mod Club – December 19, 2015

It was an early show at The Mod Club. It started at 7pm. I got there shortly after that. I could hear the opening act, Sate, already belting out the tunes. For some reason, though, my name wasn’t on the media list. After waiting for 15-20 minutes, someone finally came by and let me go inside. Sadly, I wasn’t able to get any shots of Sate’s set. I did photograph Aukland, Stuck On Planet Earth, and The OBGM’s – a garage punk band with plenty of buzz around them. This was my first time seeing them play live. One thing’s for sure – they know how to get a crowd going! Shot on assignment for Aesthetic Magazine Toronto. Click the link to see the full set of concert photos.

The OBGMs

Stuck On Planet Earth

Aukland

Camera: Canon 60D
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM
Lens: 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM

Pop Evil, Smashing Satellites, The Joy Arson @ The Phoenix – December 1, 2015

A show came up last minute and I figured, what the hell, I’ll shoot it. Never heard of Pop Evil before, even though they have like a half million Facebook fans. Also on the bill: Smashing Satellites, and The Joy Arson. Tuesday, December 1. Shot on assignment for Aesthetic Magazine Toronto. Click the link to see the full set of concert pics.

Pop Evil

Smashing Satellites

The Joy Arson

Camera: Canon 60D
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM
Lens: 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM