June 9, 2019

PUP at The Danforth Music Hall - Concert Photos

Toronto punk band PUP played two sold-out nights at Toronto's Danforth Music Hall. Their latest album Morbid Stuff just came out and it's amazing. Photographer Justin Roth made these images at Saturday night's show.

PUP are playing RBC Echo Beach on July 21st with Twin Peaks, Cayetana and Partner for what is sure to be an awesome show. Go get your tickets here.

We've covered PUP a couple of times before. Check out the photos from their set at Osheaga 2017 and at Hillside 2016.
PUP at The Danforth Music Hall on June 8, 2019 Photo by Justin Roth One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
PUP at The Danforth Music Hall on June 8, 2019 Photo by Justin Roth One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
PUP at The Danforth Music Hall on June 8, 2019 Photo by Justin Roth One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
PUP at The Danforth Music Hall on June 8, 2019 Photo by Justin Roth One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
PUP at The Danforth Music Hall on June 8, 2019 Photo by Justin Roth One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
PUP at The Danforth Music Hall on June 8, 2019 Photo by Justin Roth One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
PUP at The Danforth Music Hall on June 8, 2019 Photo by Justin Roth One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
PUP at The Danforth Music Hall on June 8, 2019 Photo by Justin Roth One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
PUP at The Danforth Music Hall on June 8, 2019 Photo by Justin Roth One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
PUP at The Danforth Music Hall on June 8, 2019 Photo by Justin Roth One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
PUP at The Danforth Music Hall on June 8, 2019 Photo by Justin Roth One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
PUP at The Danforth Music Hall on June 8, 2019 Photo by Justin Roth One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
PUP at The Danforth Music Hall on June 8, 2019 Photo by Justin Roth One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
PUP at The Danforth Music Hall on June 8, 2019 Photo by Justin Roth One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
PUP at The Danforth Music Hall on June 8, 2019 Photo by Justin Roth One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
PUP at The Danforth Music Hall on June 8, 2019 Photo by Justin Roth One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
PUP at The Danforth Music Hall on June 8, 2019 Photo by Justin Roth One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
PUP at The Danforth Music Hall on June 8, 2019 Photo by Justin Roth One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
PUP at The Danforth Music Hall on June 8, 2019 Photo by Justin Roth One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Check out a bunch of tunes from PUP's setlist.

"Kids"

"Guilt Trip"

"Sleep in the Heat"

"Dark Days"

"Free at Last"

"Reservoir"

"If This Tour Doesn't Kill You, I Will"

"DVP"

June 3, 2019

Dizzy at The Mod Club - Concert Photos

Dizzy at The Mod Club on April 16, 2019 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos nikon d750 camera yyz photographer
Dizzy at The Mod Club on April 16, 2019 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos nikon d750 camera yyz photographer
Dizzy at The Mod Club on April 16, 2019 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos nikon d750 camera yyz photographer
Dizzy at The Mod Club on April 16, 2019 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos nikon d750 camera yyz photographer
Dizzy at The Mod Club on April 16, 2019 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos nikon d750 camera yyz photographer
Dizzy at The Mod Club on April 16, 2019 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos nikon d750 camera yyz photographer
Dizzy at The Mod Club on April 16, 2019 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos nikon d750 camera yyz photographer
Dizzy at The Mod Club on April 16, 2019 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos nikon d750 camera yyz photographer
Dizzy at The Mod Club on April 16, 2019 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos nikon d750 camera yyz photographer
Dizzy at The Mod Club on April 16, 2019 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos nikon d750 camera yyz photographer
Dizzy at The Mod Club on April 16, 2019 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos nikon d750 camera yyz photographer
Dizzy at The Mod Club on April 16, 2019 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos nikon d750 camera yyz photographer
Dizzy are so beautiful. The melodies and songs they create, their presence and attitude, their lyrics and personality; it's all beauty. This sold out headlining show at Toronto's Mod Club was a powerful and emotional performance; a special performance for so many reasons. Dizzy had just won a Juno and sold out their first headlining Toronto show. Yes, that's right, up to this particular evening, Dizzy had never played their own show in Toronto.

They were as grateful and humble as the crowd was enthusiastic and excited. Every comment that Katie Munshaw made from the stage was met with screams of "I love you!" from the crowd. They played all their heartfelt songs and even premiered a brand new song, "Twist", for the city that showed them love in the beginning.

The show was perfection. So much love was shared and so much beauty presented. I was so happy to have witnessed and captured the night. There's a little documentary called Coming Into Focus that's been published about this very night. Click that link to check it out.

The setlist:
"Swim"
"Stars and Moons"
"Arcadia"
"In Time"
"Ghost Limbs"
"Pretty Thing"
"Twist"
"Calico"
"Joshua"
"Backstroke"

Encore
"Bleachers" acoustic
"Pirouette"

Some of my favourite concert photos, my favourite song of 2018, my second favourite album of 2018, one of my favourite songs of 2017; they all come from Dizzy. From the first time I saw them when they played Hillside before they had any music out, to their Juno win, until this sold-out Mod Club show marking their first headlining show in Toronto, I've loved this band. As always, I can't wait until next time.

Tokyo Police Club's Dave Monks opened up the show. Check out my photos of the duo set here.

Check out all my previous photos of Dizzy from Royal Mountain Records Festival, their Baby Teeth Release PartyField Trip and Hillside.

Here are some clips of Dizzy playing their incredible music:

"Swim"

"Stars and Moons"

"In Time", my favourite song of last year

"Pretty Thing"

"Twist"

"Joshua"

"Backstroke"

"Bleachers"

"Pirouette"

Dave Monks at The Mod Club - Concert Photos

Dave Monks at The Mod Club on April 16, 2019 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos nikon d750 camera yyz photographer
Dave Monks at The Mod Club on April 16, 2019 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos nikon d750 camera yyz photographer
Dave Monks at The Mod Club on April 16, 2019 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos nikon d750 camera yyz photographer
Dave Monks at The Mod Club on April 16, 2019 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos nikon d750 camera yyz photographer
Dave Monks at The Mod Club on April 16, 2019 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos nikon d750 camera yyz photographer
Dave Monks at The Mod Club on April 16, 2019 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos nikon d750 camera yyz photographer
Dave Monks is well known for his role in Tokyo Police Club. On this particular night, he and his duo partner were not flying the TPC flag; no, this was a Dave Monks show. I enjoyed his tunes as we all awaited the stars of the evening, Dizzy, who were about to perform their first headlining Toronto show; a sold-out show, too. My photos of their set are here.

Check out some of Dave's music:

"The Rules"

"Gasoline"

May 14, 2019

Swmrs at The Phoenix Concert Theatre - Concert Photos

Swmrs at The Phoenix Concert Theatre on April 14, 2019 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos nikon d750 camera yyz photographer
Swmrs at The Phoenix Concert Theatre on April 14, 2019 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos nikon d750 camera yyz photographer
Swmrs at The Phoenix Concert Theatre on April 14, 2019 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos nikon d750 camera yyz photographer
Swmrs at The Phoenix Concert Theatre on April 14, 2019 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos nikon d750 camera yyz photographer
Swmrs at The Phoenix Concert Theatre on April 14, 2019 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos nikon d750 camera yyz photographer
Swmrs at The Phoenix Concert Theatre on April 14, 2019 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos nikon d750 camera yyz photographer
Swmrs at The Phoenix Concert Theatre on April 14, 2019 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos nikon d750 camera yyz photographer
Swmrs at The Phoenix Concert Theatre on April 14, 2019 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos nikon d750 camera yyz photographer
Swmrs at The Phoenix Concert Theatre on April 14, 2019 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos nikon d750 camera yyz photographer
Swmrs at The Phoenix Concert Theatre on April 14, 2019 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos nikon d750 camera yyz photographer
Swmrs at The Phoenix Concert Theatre on April 14, 2019 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos nikon d750 camera yyz photographer
Swmrs at The Phoenix Concert Theatre on April 14, 2019 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos nikon d750 camera yyz photographer
The night that Swmrs headlined The Phoenix Concert Theatre was a big night of music. Four bands took to the stage and no doubt the crowd left the Phoenix exhausted after multiple circle pits and walls of death. Check out my photos of the other bands by following the links to Beach Goons, Goodbye Honolulu and Destroy Boys.

I've known Oakland California band Swmrs since I was introduced to 2016's Drive North. The new album Berkeley's on Fire sounded awesome and I knew I wanted to catch the live show.

Being between an enthusiastic audience screaming along with every word, and Swmrs' magnetic and dynamic frontman Cole Becker was an incredible rush. It's absolutely one of the best things, the treat, the thrill, the perk of doing this concert photographer thing. At the best times, you're in between a magical flow of energy between artist and audience, trying to capture it as best as you can with unpredictable lighting and action.

For this show, Swmrs only Canadian tour stop, they played a good mix of tunes from both of their full-length albums, giving the crowd more energy than most bands. That energy that I experienced while I was in the photo pit carried on and even from a spot about halfway back in the venue, the energy and magnetism of the performance was palpable. I think it goes without saying that I'd recommend you not miss these guys when they come through your town.

Here are my favourite tunes from their setlist.

"Trashbag Baby"

"Berkeley's on Fire"

"Too Much Coffee"

"Lose Lose Lose"

"Miley"

"Hannah"

"April in Houston"

"Figuring It Out"

"Palm Trees"

Beach Goons at The Phoenix Concert Theatre - Concert Photos

Beach Goons at The Phoenix Concert Theatre on April 14, 2019 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos nikon d750 camera yyz photographer
Beach Goons at The Phoenix Concert Theatre on April 14, 2019 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos nikon d750 camera yyz photographer
Beach Goons at The Phoenix Concert Theatre on April 14, 2019 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos nikon d750 camera yyz photographer
Beach Goons at The Phoenix Concert Theatre on April 14, 2019 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos nikon d750 camera yyz photographer
Beach Goons at The Phoenix Concert Theatre on April 14, 2019 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos nikon d750 camera yyz photographer
Beach Goons at The Phoenix Concert Theatre on April 14, 2019 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos nikon d750 camera yyz photographer
The night that Swmrs headlined The Phoenix Concert Theatre was a big night of music. Four bands took to the stage and no doubt the crowd left the Phoenix exhausted after multiple circle pits and walls of death. Check out my photos of the other bands by following the links to Swmrs, Goodbye Honolulu and Destroy Boys.

Beach Goons are from sunny San Diego, a city I often wish I'd stayed in after working there for a couple of months many, many years ago. They dole out punky, groovy, danceable fun. They brought everyone together in a wall of death and closed their set with a cover of "La Bamba". I think they win the most entertaining bassist award, and not just for how he carried on playing when his strap fell off his bass.

Check out a bunch of their tunes below:

"Tar" "Hsrb" "Vatos" "Tristes" "Choker" "Hunny Bunnies" "A.M." and "Reservoir Dawgs"