December 10, 2017

The Horseshoe Tavern 70th Anniversary Party featuring Hey Stella, Matt Mays, Damhnait Doyle, Stephen Stanley, Peter Dreimanis of July Talk, Peter Elkas, Devin Cuddy, Justin Rutledge, Dallas Good of The Sadies and more - Concert Pictures

The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern has always had a special place in my heart, filled with great memories of concerts in my younger days like Lowest of the Low, Amanda Marshall, Tony Springer, Teenage Head and many, many more. That's continued right to this very day and the virtual pages of this site are filled with amazing concert experiences over the past several years. I know I'm not alone in holding so many great memories of those nights in Toronto, on the checkerboard floors.

Music industry leaders and music fans alike gathered last Tuesday night, December 5, for a private party celebrating the 70th anniversary of The Horseshoe Tavern, a local landmark for live music that continues to deliver great shows by amazing artists in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.

On this night, Hey Stella provided the backbone. They were the house band for a number of fantastic Canadian musicians. We got to hear some great stories from the venue's past. Local politicians and the CBC came by, too. Performers included Matt Mays, Damhnait Doyle, Stephen Stanley, Peter Dreimanis of July Talk, Peter Elkas, Devin Cuddy, Justin Rutledge, and Dallas Good of The Sadies.

If you haven't been by to take in one of the amazing 70th anniversary shows at The Horseshoe, it's not too late. They run through the end of the year. Hopefully, I'll make it out to one or two more before 2017 comes to a close.

Thanks to the owners and staff at The Horseshoe for keeping emphasis on amazing music in Canada, for delivering great shows with a friendly vibe, and for letting me cover so much of the fun. All the best for the next 70 years!
Matt Mays at The Horseshoe Tavern 70th Anniversary Party at The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern on December 5, 2017 Photo by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Mary-Margaret McMahon, JC and Josh Matlow at The Horseshoe Tavern 70th Anniversary Party at The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern on December 5, 2017 Photo by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Mary-Margaret McMahon, JC and Josh Matlow at The Horseshoe Tavern 70th Anniversary Party at The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern on December 5, 2017 Photo by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Dave Hodge at The Horseshoe Tavern 70th Anniversary Party at The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern on December 5, 2017 Photo by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Hey Stella The Horseshoe Tavern 70th Anniversary Party at The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern on December 5, 2017 Photo by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Hey Stella The Horseshoe Tavern 70th Anniversary Party at The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern on December 5, 2017 Photo by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Hey Stella The Horseshoe Tavern 70th Anniversary Party at The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern on December 5, 2017 Photo by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Hey Stella The Horseshoe Tavern 70th Anniversary Party at The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern on December 5, 2017 Photo by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Hey Stella The Horseshoe Tavern 70th Anniversary Party at The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern on December 5, 2017 Photo by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Damhnait Doyle The Horseshoe Tavern 70th Anniversary Party at The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern on December 5, 2017 Photo by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Stephen Stanley at The Horseshoe Tavern 70th Anniversary Party at The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern on December 5, 2017 Photo by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Stephen Stanley at The Horseshoe Tavern 70th Anniversary Party at The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern on December 5, 2017 Photo by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Peter Dreimanis of July Talk at The Horseshoe Tavern 70th Anniversary Party at The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern on December 5, 2017 Photo by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Peter Dreimanis of July Talk at The Horseshoe Tavern 70th Anniversary Party at The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern on December 5, 2017 Photo by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Peter Dreimanis of July Talk at The Horseshoe Tavern 70th Anniversary Party at The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern on December 5, 2017 Photo by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Peter Dreimanis of July Talk at The Horseshoe Tavern 70th Anniversary Party at The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern on December 5, 2017 Photo by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Peter Dreimanis of July Talk with Hey Stella at The Horseshoe Tavern 70th Anniversary Party at The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern on December 5, 2017 Photo by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Hey Stella The Horseshoe Tavern 70th Anniversary Party at The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern on December 5, 2017 Photo by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Peter Dreimanis of July Talk with Hey Stella at The Horseshoe Tavern 70th Anniversary Party at The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern on December 5, 2017 Photo by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Peter Elkas and JC at The Horseshoe Tavern 70th Anniversary Party at The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern on December 5, 2017 Photo by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Hey Stella The Horseshoe Tavern 70th Anniversary Party at The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern on December 5, 2017 Photo by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Devin Cuddy at The Horseshoe Tavern 70th Anniversary Party at The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern on December 5, 2017 Photo by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Justin Rutledge at The Horseshoe Tavern 70th Anniversary Party at The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern on December 5, 2017 Photo by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Dallas Good of The Sadies at The Horseshoe Tavern 70th Anniversary Party at The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern on December 5, 2017 Photo by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos

December 3, 2017

Wolf Alice at The Danforth Music Hall - Concert Pictures

Wolf Alice at The Danforth Music Hall on December 1, 2017 Photo by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Wolf Alice at The Danforth Music Hall on December 1, 2017 Photo by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Wolf Alice at The Danforth Music Hall on December 1, 2017 Photo by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Wolf Alice at The Danforth Music Hall on December 1, 2017 Photo by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Wolf Alice at The Danforth Music Hall on December 1, 2017 Photo by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Wolf Alice at The Danforth Music Hall on December 1, 2017 Photo by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Wolf Alice at The Danforth Music Hall on December 1, 2017 Photo by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Wolf Alice at The Danforth Music Hall on December 1, 2017 Photo by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Wolf Alice at The Danforth Music Hall on December 1, 2017 Photo by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Wolf Alice at The Danforth Music Hall on December 1, 2017 Photo by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Wolf Alice at The Danforth Music Hall on December 1, 2017 Photo by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Wolf Alice at The Danforth Music Hall on December 1, 2017 Photo by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Wolf Alice at The Danforth Music Hall on December 1, 2017 Photo by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Wolf Alice at The Danforth Music Hall on December 1, 2017 Photo by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Wolf Alice at The Danforth Music Hall on December 1, 2017 Photo by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Wolf Alice at The Danforth Music Hall on December 1, 2017 Photo by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Wolf Alice at The Danforth Music Hall on December 1, 2017 Photo by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Wolf Alice at The Danforth Music Hall on December 1, 2017 Photo by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Wolf Alice at The Danforth Music Hall on December 1, 2017 Photo by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Wolf Alice at The Danforth Music Hall on December 1, 2017 Photo by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Wolf Alice at The Danforth Music Hall on December 1, 2017 Photo by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Wolf Alice at The Danforth Music Hall on December 1, 2017 Photo by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Wolf Alice at The Danforth Music Hall on December 1, 2017 Photo by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Wolf Alice at The Danforth Music Hall on December 1, 2017 Photo by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
It’s so cool to see a great band achieve a bigger and bigger following and use their talent to evolve their sound.

I first saw Wolf Alice at The Drake Underground. Bassist Theo Ellis commented on that show and said there were about five people there. He might have been exaggerating because I can name more than five people who were there along with me. At the time of that show I wrote, "One day in the not-too-distant future, it's going to seem remarkable that those of us in attendance got to see this up-and-coming band play in such an intimate venue." Now I'm happy to say that it's true, I was lucky to see the band's Toronto debut.

Next time they visited our fair city, they played the slightly bigger and definitely more crowded Adelaide Hall for a sold-out show. By the end of 2015, they were at The Phoenix Concert Theatre. Onwards and upwards, as they say.

Click through on the venue names above to check out my photos from the three previous Wolf Alice Toronto shows.

This time, the London band, now touring to support their second album Visions of a Life, were on stage at a sold-out Danforth Music Hall for their biggest-yet Toronto show. Once again, I was privileged to get to capture the show.

It's been two years since the last time I saw them live and the time has reflected in a matured yet emotionally-connected and wonderful-as-ever sound for the band. Ellie Rowsell continues to develop as a charismatic and eminently likeable centre-stage focal point. The rest of the band continue to evolve in the power and dynamics they bring. When the band started they were definitely alternative rock with a strong grunge influence. As they’ve grown, they’ve branched out in a truly unique way. It’s wonderful when you get a band where all genre comparisons are completely inadequate. Wolf Alice play Wolf Alice music.

I'm not sure if it's because of the issues faced with Joff Oddie's pedalboard that held up the start of the show, but he seemed a little unhinged in his delivery, especially during "Planet Hunter". The atmospheric groans and wails unleashed from his instrument and amps take the songs to the next level. This tour finds Ellie forgoing the guitar and stepping up the the stage edge, and even onto the edge of the barricade, for some songs.

Wolf Alice have really done it again with a fantastic album in Visions of a Life that marks continued growth for this amazingly talented band. They continue to be one of my favourite bands, with songs and an album that will certainly have a prominent place on my year-end lists, and I will continue to follow their growth and wish them all the success in the world.

If you get the chance, go see them live. That's where they truly excel. Their tour continues, so hopefully you'll have the chance. In the meantime, here are some highlights from their amazing set.

"Heavenward"

"Yuk Foo"

"You're A Germ"

"Your Love's Whore"

"Don't Delete the Kisses"

"Bros"

"Lisbon"

"Planet Hunter"

"Beautifully Unconventional"

"Sadboy"

"Moaning Lisa Smile"

Main set closing tune, "Fluffy"

First song of the encore, "Blush"

Last song of the night, "Giant Peach"

The Fade Awaays at The Danforth Music Hall - Concert Pictures

The Fade Awaays at The Danforth Music Hall on December 1, 2017 Photo by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
The Fade Awaays at The Danforth Music Hall on December 1, 2017 Photo by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
The Fade Awaays at The Danforth Music Hall on December 1, 2017 Photo by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
The Fade Awaays at The Danforth Music Hall on December 1, 2017 Photo by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
The Fade Awaays at The Danforth Music Hall on December 1, 2017 Photo by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
The Fade Awaays at The Danforth Music Hall on December 1, 2017 Photo by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
The Fade Awaays at The Danforth Music Hall on December 1, 2017 Photo by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
The Fade Awaays at The Danforth Music Hall on December 1, 2017 Photo by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
The Fade Awaays at The Danforth Music Hall on December 1, 2017 Photo by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
The Fade Awaays at The Danforth Music Hall on December 1, 2017 Photo by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
The Fade Awaays at The Danforth Music Hall on December 1, 2017 Photo by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
The Fade Awaays at The Danforth Music Hall on December 1, 2017 Photo by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
The Fade Awaays are a garage-surf rock band from Toronto. They had the opportunity to wow a growing sold out crowd at The Danforth Music Hall who were piling in to see London's Wolf Alice. I liked their heavy and groovy tunes with timeless sounds and classic structures.

Give them a listen:

November 30, 2017

Screaming Females at The Garrison - Concert Photos

Screaming Females at The Garrison on May 2, 2017 Photo by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Screaming Females at The Garrison on May 2, 2017 Photo by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Screaming Females at The Garrison on May 2, 2017 Photo by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Screaming Females at The Garrison on May 2, 2017 Photo by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Screaming Females at The Garrison on May 2, 2017 Photo by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Screaming Females at The Garrison on May 2, 2017 Photo by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Screaming Females at The Garrison on May 2, 2017 Photo by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Screaming Females at The Garrison on May 2, 2017 Photo by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Screaming Females at The Garrison on May 2, 2017 Photo by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Screaming Females at The Garrison on May 2, 2017 Photo by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Screaming Females at The Garrison on May 2, 2017 Photo by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Screaming Females at The Garrison on May 2, 2017 Photo by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Screaming Females are an amazing live band. I saw them for the first time in this very venue. Those photos are here. I caught their next Toronto show at The Silver Dollar Room during NXNE. Those photos are here.

Marissa Paternoster is easily one of my favourite guitarists and has one of the best guitar tones I've heard. The band delivers an incredible head full of rock every time I see them. The ferocious vocals and guitar playing counterpointed by Marissa's sweet demeanour in her between song banter. I love it.

The nice thing about the time it's taken for me to actually publish this post is that the band has new music out now.

Check out a couple of new tracks:

"Deeply"

"Glass House"

And some of my favourites:

"Hopeless"

"Ripe"

"Boyfriend"

"Empty Head"

Bald Britney at The Garrison - Concert Photos

Bald Britney at The Garrison on May 2, 2017 Photo by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Bald Britney at The Garrison on May 2, 2017 Photo by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Bald Britney at The Garrison on May 2, 2017 Photo by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Bald Britney at The Garrison on May 2, 2017 Photo by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Bald Britney at The Garrison on May 2, 2017 Photo by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Bald Britney at The Garrison on May 2, 2017 Photo by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Toronto band Bald Britney appeared at The Garrison back in May, opening for the always incredible Screaming Females. They were all fun and attitude with three and four chord classic pop tunes with titles like "I Don't Want to See Your Dick" and "Loser Pigeon", and refrains about mansplainers and Pegasus.

Listen up:

"Loser Pigeon"