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.

-Bobby

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July Talk – Danforth Music Hall, Toronto 10/28/2016

July Talk continue their live assault across North America in support of their second LP Touch (Sleepless Records), and the rooms are getting bigger and bigger, including two triumphant sold-out shows at The Danforth Music Hall this past weekend. There’s not much i can really say about July Talk I haven’t said before. Listen to their records. Look at these photos. GO SEE THEM LIVE!

 

 

Whitehorse – Danforth Music Hall

Whitehorse packed the Danforth Music Hall for a hometown show on their Sweet Disaster tour, in support of Leave No Bridge Unburned (Six Shooter). The husband and wife duo of Luke Doucet and Melissa McLelland were joined throughout the night by some talented musical friends and family including Tanya Tagaq, Peter Dreimanis and Leah Fay of July Talk, Toronto guitarist Sam Taylor and Luke’s dad Rollie Doucet.

 

July Talk – Air Canada Centre, Toronto

Toronto powerhouse July Talk played a gig at a little venue on Bay Street. Opening for the phenomenal Alabama Shakes, July Talk kicked off a great night of music at the ol’ Air Canada Centre. I was super proud to see the kids up on the big stage, and as usual, they did not disappoint! After the initial awe and humility wore off, they kicked up the energy and took no prisoners! Fans are anxiously awaiting the follow up to their self-titled debut album (released on Sleepless Records, 2012) If you aren’t familiar with the record, correct yourself now. Also, click the link below the gallery to take a walk down JT memory lane with FOH…

July Talk – 102.1 The Edge

July Talk – Horseshoe Tavern

July Talk – TURF

July Talk – Lee’s Palace

Sound Image 2015 at The Analogue Gallery – Vote now!

For the second year in a row, Front of House Photography is proud to have an image chosen as a finalist in the Sound Image exhibit at Toronto’s wonderful Analogue Gallery

 

The image below has been selected to be part of the gallery exhibit which kicks off March 12th. Judges will pick a grand prize winner on opening night.

Monster truck

This is Jon Harvey of Hamilton’s Monster Truck on stage at Edgefest 2014. I was shooting their performance sidestage and had the insane idea to dash midway across the stage behind his bass cabinet and crouch down for a while, popping up to get some crowd shots. This one particular time I popped up and Jon happened to walk to wards the bass cab, reach for a towel and mop his sweaty, hard-rockin’ brow.

 

We need your votes!

In addition to the image above, several of my photos have been entered into the online Facebook fan contest. The image with the most likes/votes wins! if you have a few minutes, please feel free to click the links below which lead you to FOH’s images in the Analogue Gallery album and if you feel compelled to, Like them! Every vote counts – thanks everyone!

 

Thank you to everyone for all of the continued support!

Sam Roberts Band

SamRoberts

Andrea Ramolo

AndreaRamolo

July Talk

JulyTalk

Brody Dalle

Brody Dalle

St. Vincent

StVincent

Dragonette

Dragonette

Monster Truck

MonsterTruck2

The Balconies

Balconies

 

Head of the Herd

Until next time,

Bobby