I was fortunate to get the opportunity to photograph pop sensation Lorde at this year’s Ottawa Folk Festival. She put on a stellar show featuring all of her hits. I was glad to hear my favourite track off of Pure Heroine – Buzzcut Season – fairly early in her set. She was clearly the focal point of the show with a minimal band on stage, which consisted of just 2 members. Huge video screens lined the back of the stage showing visuals of Lorde throughout the performance. All in all a great show. Hopefully she’ll be back in Ottawa soon.
Ottawa Folkfest was my first opportunity to catch a performance from Ottawa’s The Noisy Locomotive. The guys were only a few songs into their set by the time there was a crowd gathered in front of them, that continued all the way up the small hill facing the stage. It was a chilly night but the band had the crowd moving along to their mix of originals and traditional folk tunes. I was impressed with their set. While they normally play in smaller venues, I think their performance went over very well on the larger Folkfest stage. Check these guys out if you get the chance. They are very entertaining!
This past weekend I was able to take in the Sound of Lions CD release show at Zaphods. Also on the bill was Flying Horses. Both bands were impressive and I loved the show. Though I am very familiar with Sound of Lions’ music, it was the first time I had seen both bands perform. Sound of Lions new album is fantastic and well worth checking out.
The Head and the Heart were recently at the Bronson Centre in Ottawa, along with Basia Bulat. It was my first time seeing either play live. In fact, I had only discovered the music of The Head and the Heart about a week or 2 before the show.
The Head and the Heart is a fold rock group from Seattle, Washington. Their live performance surprised me. I was not expecting the level of energy they deliver on stage. Their drummer led the way, frequently standing up as he pounded away on his drum kit. I will definitely be in the audience when they return.
Basia was impressive as well, playing a fun set. Though she was opening, she is no stranger to Ottawa audiences and received a great reception from the capacity crowd.
I recently had the opportunity to put together a small promotional video for Johnny Hall Productions, a local recording studio run by Eric Eggleston. He was chosen as one of the producers for this year’s LiVE 88.5 Big Money Shot competition.
I paid a visit while Eric was busy working with Zoo Legacy, recording the song they wrote with Tomi Swick. Part of the competition involves the artists working with a songwriter to complete a song, which they must then record and submit for fan voting.
I always find it fascinating watching people collaborate together in the studio. As much as possible, I tried to act like a fly on the wall, documenting what was taking place before me. This video will give you a small glimpse into what went down that evening.
Check out my new video portfolio. I spent a few hours putting this together, but really it’s been years in the making. Take a look at my photos of the Ottawa music scene over the last few years. You will see many of the great bands we have here in Ottawa, as well some of the many touring acts that have graced our city’s stages.
A big thanks to The Balconies for letting me use Kill Count. I love this song. Keep your eyes peeled for their new album due out this fall. Check them out at www.thebalconies.ca.
Thanks also to LiVE 88.5 for introducing me to so many of these great bands. Check out the annual Big Money Shot competition if you want to discover some of the great bands we have here in the capital.
I recently got together with Liam Lloyd at Ottawa Studio Works to work on some imagery for his websites and future projects. It was a fun and productive evening. In a short amount of time we were able to put together a few different looks and scenarios. I was also able to experiment a little with a few ideas I had. We are both really pleased with the results!
Liam is currently taking part in this years LiVE 88.5 Big Money Shot and has just moved on to the second round! Check out his website and take a listen to some of the music from his album Against the Sun which was released late last year and is available on iTunes.
Late last year, before the snow started to fly, I had the opportunity to assist fellow photographer Mike Giovinazzo creating some imagery for local boys Static Revolt. It was a cold and windy evening, but the guys were troopers in travelling around to a few locations to get a variety of photos. We set out to give them a bunch of different looks with a few locations and wardrobe changes. It was a fun night, that even gave me a chance to experiment a little.
They are getting ready to release a new disc, just in time for summer. Check them out!
This past weekend I had the chance to check out illScarlett and Trouble & Daughter at Mavericks. It was a great show from start to finish. It was the first chance I had to catch illScarlett. They played a fun set and I can wait to see them again!
I recently had the chance to photograph Kill Devil Hill. They put on an amazing high energy show. The newly formed band features Rex Brown (Pantera/Down) and Vinny Appice (Dio/Black Sabbath/Ozzy). Their debut album is fantastic. The guys were cool and hung around after the show to chat and take pictures with their fans.
Their set was rocking from start to finish and even featured a drum solo by Vinny. That man is a beast on the drums. He was more than happy to continue when the crowd screamed for more. It’s been a long time since I saw Pantera live, so it was great to see Rex back on stage again.