June 12, 2018

Chvrches at The Danforth Music Hall for Indie 88's celebration of the one year anniversary of the Josie Dye Show - Concert Photos

Chvrches at The Danforth Music Hall on May 19, 2018 to celebrate the One-Year Anniversary of the Josie Dye show on Indie 88 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Chvrches at The Danforth Music Hall on May 19, 2018 to celebrate the One-Year Anniversary of the Josie Dye show on Indie 88 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Chvrches at The Danforth Music Hall on May 19, 2018 to celebrate the One-Year Anniversary of the Josie Dye show on Indie 88 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Chvrches at The Danforth Music Hall on May 19, 2018 to celebrate the One-Year Anniversary of the Josie Dye show on Indie 88 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Chvrches at The Danforth Music Hall on May 19, 2018 to celebrate the One-Year Anniversary of the Josie Dye show on Indie 88 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Chvrches at The Danforth Music Hall on May 19, 2018 to celebrate the One-Year Anniversary of the Josie Dye show on Indie 88 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Chvrches at The Danforth Music Hall on May 19, 2018 to celebrate the One-Year Anniversary of the Josie Dye show on Indie 88 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Chvrches at The Danforth Music Hall on May 19, 2018 to celebrate the One-Year Anniversary of the Josie Dye show on Indie 88 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Chvrches at The Danforth Music Hall on May 19, 2018 to celebrate the One-Year Anniversary of the Josie Dye show on Indie 88 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Chvrches at The Danforth Music Hall on May 19, 2018 to celebrate the One-Year Anniversary of the Josie Dye show on Indie 88 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Chvrches at The Danforth Music Hall on May 19, 2018 to celebrate the One-Year Anniversary of the Josie Dye show on Indie 88 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Chvrches at The Danforth Music Hall on May 19, 2018 to celebrate the One-Year Anniversary of the Josie Dye show on Indie 88 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Chvrches at The Danforth Music Hall on May 19, 2018 to celebrate the One-Year Anniversary of the Josie Dye show on Indie 88 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Chvrches at The Danforth Music Hall on May 19, 2018 to celebrate the One-Year Anniversary of the Josie Dye show on Indie 88 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Chvrches at The Danforth Music Hall on May 19, 2018 to celebrate the One-Year Anniversary of the Josie Dye show on Indie 88 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Chvrches at The Danforth Music Hall on May 19, 2018 to celebrate the One-Year Anniversary of the Josie Dye show on Indie 88 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Chvrches at The Danforth Music Hall on May 19, 2018 to celebrate the One-Year Anniversary of the Josie Dye show on Indie 88 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Chvrches at The Danforth Music Hall on May 19, 2018 to celebrate the One-Year Anniversary of the Josie Dye show on Indie 88 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Chvrches at The Danforth Music Hall on May 19, 2018 to celebrate the One-Year Anniversary of the Josie Dye show on Indie 88 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Chvrches at The Danforth Music Hall on May 19, 2018 to celebrate the One-Year Anniversary of the Josie Dye show on Indie 88 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
I love Chvrches. They are one of my all-time favourite bands. Bar none. Every time I see them perform live I enjoy them more than the time before. And I always enjoy them a lot. I was lucky enough to be able to attend a very special Chvrches concert in Toronto on May 19. Not only was it the first night of their tour to celebrate the release of their latest album Love Is Dead, it was also a special celebration of the one-year anniversary of the Josie Dye show on local Toronto indie-alternative radio station Indie 88.

As always, Chvrches' set was super high energy. It featured songs from all three of their albums and so many of my favourites. This show also marked their first show with a live drummer. I think it added to the energy and vibrancy of the songs that are already in very high amounts at a Chvrches show. The band played impeccably and Lauren's voice sounded fantastic, as her stage presence continued to grow.

Singer Lauren Mayberry told us cat stories and woes of getting in shape after months of leisure. My favourite comment of the night was in introducing their drummer Jonny Scott, "The drum machine grew legs and took on human form." Lauren even wore a necklace with the three words of the new album’s title Love Is Dead. Nice touch.

The band seems to love Toronto and can’t keep away for too long. We’re very fortunate that the wait between concerts is so amazingly short this time. They’re appearing at Yonge-Dundas Square for a free show for NXNE on Saturday, June 16. I'm planning to be there and I'd recommend you do so too.

If you're so inclined, click here to check out my photos from last time Chvrches played the Danforth Music Hall in 2015.

I just couldn't pick favourites from such an amazing set, so here's the whole set:

"Get Out"

"Bury It"

"Gun"

"We Sink"

"Graffiti"

"Lies"

"Under The Tide"

"God's Plan"

"Miracle"

"Never Ending Circles"

"Tether"

"Forever"

"Recover"

"Leave A Trace"

"Never Say Die"

Encore songs "The Mother We Share"

and "Clearest Blue"


And here are a few shots of the Indie 88 crew - Josie Dye along with cohosts Matt and Carlin celebrating the one-year anniversary for their show - and a couple of shots of DJ Brendan Canning of Broken Social Scene spinning some tunes to warm things up.
The crew from Indie 88 including Josie Dye, Matt and Carlin at The Danforth Music Hall on May 19, 2018 to celebrate the One-Year Anniversary of the Josie Dye show on Indie 88 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
The crew from Indie 88 including Josie Dye, Matt and Carlin at The Danforth Music Hall on May 19, 2018 to celebrate the One-Year Anniversary of the Josie Dye show on Indie 88 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
DJ Brendan Canning of Broken Social Scene at The Danforth Music Hall on May 19, 2018 to celebrate the One-Year Anniversary of the Josie Dye show on Indie 88 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
DJ Brendan Canning of Broken Social Scene at The Danforth Music Hall on May 19, 2018 to celebrate the One-Year Anniversary of the Josie Dye show on Indie 88 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos

June 10, 2018

Speedy Ortiz at The Horseshoe Tavern - Concert Photos

Speedy Ortiz at The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern on May 14, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Speedy Ortiz at The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern on May 14, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Speedy Ortiz at The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern on May 14, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Speedy Ortiz at The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern on May 14, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Speedy Ortiz at The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern on May 14, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Speedy Ortiz at The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern on May 14, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Speedy Ortiz at The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern on May 14, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Speedy Ortiz at The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern on May 14, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Speedy Ortiz at The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern on May 14, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Speedy Ortiz at The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern on May 14, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
I've been a big fan of Speedy Ortiz and Sadie Dupuis' guitar playing, songwriting and live delivery since I first heard the music and saw them live. They're doing such cool things with guitar riffs and licks, time signatures, syncopation, melody and themes that are somehow reminiscent of elements of 90s alternative giants while being consistently innovative and unique, pushing the envelope while retaining an identifiable sonic signature. Their latest album is Twerp Verse, out now.

This tour also benefitted from the awesome opening set by Nnamdi Ogbonnaya. Check out my pics, thoughts and some tunes here.

And check out my pics from the last time Speedy Ortiz stopped by The Horseshoe Tavern in 2015 here.

Check out some highlights from their setlist:

"Lean In When I Suffer"

"Lucky 88"

"Raising the Skate"

"The Graduates"

"Plough"

"Villain"

"No Below"

Nnamdi Ogbonnaya at The Horseshoe Tavern - Concert Photos

Nnamdi Ogbonnaya at The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern on May 14, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Nnamdi Ogbonnaya at The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern on May 14, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Nnamdi Ogbonnaya at The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern on May 14, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Nnamdi Ogbonnaya at The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern on May 14, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Nnamdi Ogbonnaya at The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern on May 14, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Nnamdi Ogbonnaya at The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern on May 14, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Nnamdi Ogbonnaya at The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern on May 14, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Nnamdi Ogbonnaya at The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern on May 14, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Nnamdi Ogbonnaya at The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern on May 14, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Nnamdi Ogbonnaya at The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern on May 14, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Nnamdi Ogbonnaya at The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern on May 14, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Nnamdi Ogbonnaya at The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern on May 14, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Chicago's Nnamdi Ogbonnaya and his band were the opening act for Speedy Ortiz at The Horseshoe Tavern on May 14. I came away super impressed with everything I witnessed, the performance, the musicianship and the songs. I found it an amazing fusion of rock, jazz, funk, and hip-hop in a feel good batch of heartfelt tunes and amazing playing.

Check out the tunes below and see Nnamdi Ogbonnaya when you have the chance. I can't wait for my next opportunity.

"Glasgow Grin"

"hOp Off"

"let gO Of my egO"

"Me 4 Me"

"hOney On The LOw"

"sHOULD hAvE kNOwN"

"iVyTRA"

Kristian North at The Horseshoe Tavern - Concert Photos

Kristian North at The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern on May 14, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Kristian North at The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern on May 14, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Kristian North at The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern on May 14, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Kristian North at The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern on May 14, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Kristian North at The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern on May 14, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Kristian North at The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern on May 14, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Back on May 14, Kristian North opened things up ahead of an incredible set by Nnamdi Ogbonnaya and the always-amazing Speedy Ortiz. They cranked out a set of roots-influenced rock and roll for the growing crowd.

Check out their latest:

The Fratellis at The Danforth Music Hall - Concert Photos

The Fratellis at The Danforth Music Hall on May 12, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
The Fratellis at The Danforth Music Hall on May 12, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
The Fratellis at The Danforth Music Hall on May 12, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
The Fratellis at The Danforth Music Hall on May 12, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
The Fratellis at The Danforth Music Hall on May 12, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
The Fratellis at The Danforth Music Hall on May 12, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
The Fratellis at The Danforth Music Hall on May 12, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
The Fratellis at The Danforth Music Hall on May 12, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
The Fratellis at The Danforth Music Hall on May 12, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
The Fratellis at The Danforth Music Hall on May 12, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
I first heard of The Fratellis, as many people did, from their iPod commercial featuring "Flathead" from Costello Music. It's one of their many catchy rock tunes and one that gets embedded in the head via earworm.

I got to catch them at The Danforth Music Hall last month with one of my favourite bands, Blood Red Shoes, opening. Click through for those photos here. The Fratellis regaled us with their rousing rock tunes with giant, imminently singable choruses, and enthusiastic delivery. Even if it was so dark that Jon Fratelli commented that he couldn't see his bandmates.

Check out the standout tunes from their hit filled setlist.

"Henrietta"

"Baby Don't You Lie To Me"

"I've Been Blind"

"Flathead"

"Whistle for the Choir"

"Starcrossed Losers"

"Creepin' Up the Backstairs"

"Baby Fratelli"

"Chelsea Dagger"