FOH Photo’s “Shit that made 2016 tolerable” Post – part I

One of my resolutions for 2017 is to increase my wordiness. I don’t enjoy writing, especially about live music. There is no way I can properly convey the sheer energy, enjoyment or spectacle with my verbage. First of all, I have no business critiquing any live performance. However I do want to share my enthusiasm in some way.That’s why I take photos. In case you haven’t figured it out yet, that’s what this whole FOH deal is about!

I didn’t do a count of all the shows I covered this year, but there was alot. My travels took me to the deep south in Tennessee to our beautifully bland nation’s capital, brought to life by the likes of The Red Hot Chili Peppers and remaining two Monkees! Between the clubs, arenas, theatres, main stages, tents and radio stations, I’ve been everywhere, man.

As i stated above, I do not like the written description of live music. I will probably cut and paste this whole preamble across the 4-post recap. The photos chosen represent some of my favourite acts, experiences, visual performances and just the general vibe that i took away from 2016. This isn’t a ranked list, and all acts get equal billing. That’s not to say there aren’t a few personal highlights.

Sometimes I have to pinch myself in the middle of a set because the experience is so surreal. Not only bearing witness to, but being privileged to capture some of my musical heroes and world icons, well it’s beyond words. Robert Plant, The Who, Noel Gallagher, Pearl Jam, Flea, Stevie Nicks…musicians I have admired and enjoyed for decades in various forms, I can add them to my ever-growing collection of digital memories.

The standout of the year has to be, no shocker, The Tragically Hip’s Man Machine Poem Tour. Much as been said about Gord Downie’s work over the year and I do not intend to dilute those words with my own. The experience and privilege was to say the least, humbling.

I’ve already said too much! Just look at the photos. If you like what you see, please feel free to share, tag, reblog or fax them around. Another year goes by and another year I am thankful for all of the readers, followers, friends, supporters and outlets that have allowed me to keep on rollin’. Special thanks to A Music Blog, Yea?, Q107/Edge 102.1, Spill Magazine, Canadian Musician, and Polaris Music Prize for the opportunities and trust.



Arkells – Massey Hall, Toronto

Arkells hit the road this summer and fall in support of their latest record Morning Report. This included an incredibly significant two-night stint at Toronto’s legendary Massey Hall. Opening up the shows was the incredible Frank Turner & the Sleeping Souls

Arkells “Morning Report” album release – Live at 102.1 The Edge

Arkells are doing it right! With last week’s release of “Morning Report” (Universal) and the announcement of two (2!) sold-out shows at the legendary Massey Hall, the boys are riding high on good vibes, as well they should! They stopped into 102.1 The Edge to play a mini set for huge crowd and it was a glorious time! If you managed to score a ticket to their November shows (with Frank Turner on the bill) consider yourself lucky!



Wayhome Music & Arts Festival – Day 2 Highlights – July 23rd




Third Eye Blind

Kurt Vile & The Violators



Half Moon Run




Arkells in studio at 102.1 The Edge

The Arkells stopped by the Corus theatre to say hello to 100 or so of their friends and play some songs, new and old. Promoting their latest record High Noon (Universal/Dine Alone) which is available for order on their website, iTunes and in every decent record store in your town!

The Arkells live in studio, 102.1 The Edge

Hamilton rockers The Arkells visited 102.1 The Edge studios to perform on the Diamond & Dye show and discuss their upcoming album, due out sometime in the summer of 2014. Be sure to check them out at Scene Fest 2014!

Also check out FOH’s coverage of The Arkells opening for The Tragically Hip in Oshawa