The Sam Roberts Band performing live at the Bandshell at the CNE in Toronto, in support of their latest record “Terraform”
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.
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.
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!
Until next time,
Front of House Photography has experienced incredible success and growth in 2014 and I want to thank each and everyone of our faithful readers, casual visitors and accidental passersby for helping make that happen.
The list of bands I have had the pleasure of shooting for the first time or as welcomed favourites is much too long to list. Also, I’m not big on writing so just look at some of the highlights of this great year, and here’s to lots more in 2015!
Sam Roberts Band stopped by 102.1 The Edge studios in Toronto to promote their latest record “Lo-Fantasy”. The Canadian rockers performed an intimate set for a very lucky audience of about 100 listeners in a plush, cozy theatre, located at Corus Quay: Edge corporate headquarters. Performing cuts from the new album, some classics and engaging some revealing, awkward Q&A with the audience.
The guys couldn’t be any nicer or gracious to their fans and they sound great. The new record has a bit more soulful rhythm to it, honouring the soulful and blues roots of modern rock. Pick up a copy of Lo-Fantasy everywhere! Even their website!