Nick Murphy (Chet Faker)
Belle and Sebastien
The Sony Centre hosted a fantastic lineup showcasing the lineage of powerful women at the forefront of rock and roll.
Kicking the night off was California’s Deap Vally, a hard garage rock duo featuring Julie Edwards and Lindsey Troy. Rooted in swampy blues Deap Valley, glammed out in sequins and big big hair, was last in Toronto opening for Wolfmother and we can’t wait to see them again!
Scroll down after the photos for a clip of “Smile More”
Next on the roster was Garbage.
Last but certainly not least was Blondie. There’s not much I can say about Debbie & Co. that hasn’t been said better for the last 40 years. Decked out in a bee costume (latest album: Pollinator) with a cape that read “STOP FUCKING THE PLANET” Debbie Harry sounded absolutely amazing. Preening and posing for the crowd, shaking hands and commanding the stage in fine form. This one was definitely a bucket list for me. Also if you’re on Facebook (it’s on the internet) make sure to follow guitarist Chris Stein, a talented photographer who has documented the NYC scene from the band’s early days, right up until today
Australia’s Tigertown are currently supporting St. Lucia on their North American tour, hot on the heels of a great new EP “Lonely Cities” (Neon Gold, Atlantic).
Much like their hit single “Dancing on Glass” St. Lucia‘s live performance at The Phoenix was a constant barrage of high-energy, infectious hooks and genuine fun. St. Lucia are currently touring the latest record “Matter” (Columbia).
I’m very thankful to all of my followers, friends, clients, and amazing bands out there playing live so I can keep busy and stay out of trouble! 2015 was another great year for Front of House Photography.
Among some of the highlights was an incredible stay in New York City which provided me with many awesome new friends and musical discoveries as well as the opportunity to capture a few NYC legends doing what they do best. Special thanks to Claire Mercuri, the folks at Shorefire Media, Girle PR, Madison Square Garden, Honzo Haven, Le Poisson Rouge, Nelson George, Alan Leeds, Dominique Trenier, Kellindo Parker, Mikey Phillips, Drew & Danielle McTaggart, JULY TALK, Abigail Ekuesmith, Jesse Paris Smith, Care Failure, JC Sandoval, Cristina Fernandes, Spill Magazine, 102. The Edge, A Music Blog, Yea?, Aux Magazine, Coalition Music, Steve Molella, Flip Publicity, Rachel Trachtenburg, WNYC Radio, Fred Norris, Stuart Klinger, Live nation, Collective Concerts, Union Events, Embrace, Rough Trade Records, Marina & The Diamonds, Arkells, Analogue Gallery, Head of the Herd, Janelle Monae, Baby’s All Right, The Mahones, Rival Sons, Bob Segarini, and so many others, I just can’t even organize my thoughts at the moment!
Here is part one of a whole lotta 2015! Enjoy and please feel free to share!
Elle King dropped by The Edge studios ahead of her sold out performance at The Drake Underground to perform a few acoustic tracks from “Love Stuff”, including her huge hit “Ex’s & Oh’s”.
Elle returns to Toronto as part of the Edgefest lineup this summer
Montreal surf-rock outfit The Muscadettes kick off their tour of the Northeast at Baby’s All Right in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
Led by the statuesque sisters Kathleen and Chantal Ambridge, The Muscadettes are on the road celebrating the release of their latest EP “Side A” (available on bandcamp)
They play two sets at CMW 2015 (Friday May 8th – Silver Dollar Room, Saturday May 9th – Bovine Sex Club)
Check cmw.net for details and listen to I’m In Love after the photos below