November 18, 2018

Johnny Marr at The Phoenix Concert Theatre - Concert Photos

Johnny Marr at The Phoenix Concert Theatre on October 19, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Johnny Marr at The Phoenix Concert Theatre on October 19, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Johnny Marr at The Phoenix Concert Theatre on October 19, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Johnny Marr at The Phoenix Concert Theatre on October 19, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Johnny Marr at The Phoenix Concert Theatre on October 19, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Johnny Marr at The Phoenix Concert Theatre on October 19, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Johnny Marr at The Phoenix Concert Theatre on October 19, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Johnny Marr at The Phoenix Concert Theatre on October 19, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Johnny Marr at The Phoenix Concert Theatre on October 19, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Johnny Marr at The Phoenix Concert Theatre on October 19, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Johnny Marr at The Phoenix Concert Theatre on October 19, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Johnny Marr at The Phoenix Concert Theatre on October 19, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
I saw Johnny Marr perform for the first time earlier this year at a powerful yet intimate performance at The Velvet Underground. Click through to take a peek at those photos here.

This time the legendary guitarist, singer and songwriter, perhaps best known as the pioneering and innovative guitarist and co-songwriter of The Smiths, played The Phoenix Concert Theatre on tour for his latest album, Call the Comet.

We got a fantastic set that covered a ton of Marr's solo material, tunes from Electronic and, of course, more than a handful of amazing tunes from The Smiths. "Bigmouth Strikes Again" is an all-time favourite song and I would never tire of hearing it played live. We heard the newest single from Call the Comet, "Hi Hello" along with the political "Bug", which was played along with the comment that Johnny is surprised that we haven’t built a wall of our own by now. Indeed. The set continued with a fucking badass rendition of "Easy Money" and the encore featured Broken Social Scene's Kevin Drew singing The Smiths' "Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want". Marr had some very kind words for Broken Social Scene's You Forgot It In People as he brought Drew on stage.

The Belle Game opened this show with some magnetic tunes. Check out my photos of their set here.

Listen to some of the great tunes that were part of the band's Toronto setlist:

"The Tracers"

The Smiths' "Bigmouth Strikes Again"

"Hi Hello"

The Smiths' "The Headmaster Ritual"

"Walk Into The Sea"

Electronic's "Getting Away With It"

"Bug"

"Easy Money"

"Boys Get Straight"

The Smiths' "How Soon Is Now?"

The Smiths' "Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want"

The Smiths' "There Is a Light That Never Goes Out"

The Belle Game at The Phoenix Concert Theatre - Concert Photos

The Belle Game at The Phoenix Concert Theatre on October 19, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
The Belle Game at The Phoenix Concert Theatre on October 19, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
The Belle Game at The Phoenix Concert Theatre on October 19, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
The Belle Game at The Phoenix Concert Theatre on October 19, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
The Belle Game at The Phoenix Concert Theatre on October 19, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
The Belle Game at The Phoenix Concert Theatre on October 19, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Ethereal crush-pop band The Belle Game played Toronto's Phoenix Concert Theatre, opening for the venerable singer/guitarist/songwriter Johnny Marr. Click through for my pics of his set.

I was truly impressed with The Belle Game's engaging tunes and cool beats, especially when combined with singer Andrea Lo's powerful vocals. This wasn't my first time seeing The Belle Game. I caught their early-day set at Field Trip back in 2016. Those pics are here.

Check out some of The Belle Game's music:

"River"

"Yuh"

"Wait Up For You"


"Spirit"

Dear Rouge at The Danforth Music Hall - Concert Photos

Dear Rouge at The Danforth Music Hall on October 18, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Dear Rouge at The Danforth Music Hall on October 18, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Dear Rouge at The Danforth Music Hall on October 18, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Dear Rouge at The Danforth Music Hall on October 18, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Dear Rouge at The Danforth Music Hall on October 18, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Dear Rouge at The Danforth Music Hall on October 18, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Dear Rouge at The Danforth Music Hall on October 18, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Dear Rouge at The Danforth Music Hall on October 18, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Dear Rouge at The Danforth Music Hall on October 18, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Dear Rouge at The Danforth Music Hall on October 18, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Dear Rouge at The Danforth Music Hall on October 18, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Dear Rouge at The Danforth Music Hall on October 18, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
I've seen Vancouver BC based pop group Dear Rouge a few times. Most recently, earlier this summer at Riverfest Elora, on The Bandshell stage at The Ex last summer, and in 2016 at Riverfest Elora. Click on the links for those photos.

For this show at Toronto's Danforth Music Hall, they were joined by one of my favourite bands, Ellevator, and Modern Space. Click through to check out the photos of those bands, and to enjoy some of their music.

Dear Rouge are masters of modern pop music and they do such a magnificent job of writing and performing it. They have so much fun delivering uplifting and empowering tunes to their audiences and Danielle McTaggart has energy and magnetic stage presence that is matched by very few artists. Their set came jam-packed with great tunes and I had a fantastic time at the show, as did everyone around me.

Check out some tunes from their setlist:

"Live Through The Night"

"Tongues"

"Black to Gold"

"Best Look Lately"

"Boys & Blondes"

"I Heard I Had"

Modern Space at The Danforth Music Hall - Concert Photos

Modern Space at The Danforth Music Hall on October 18, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Modern Space at The Danforth Music Hall on October 18, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Modern Space at The Danforth Music Hall on October 18, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Modern Space at The Danforth Music Hall on October 18, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Modern Space at The Danforth Music Hall on October 18, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Modern Space at The Danforth Music Hall on October 18, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Modern Space at The Danforth Music Hall on October 18, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Modern Space at The Danforth Music Hall on October 18, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Toronto based, upbeat indie rock band Modern Space played The Danforth Music Hall this past week with a set sandwiched between two powerful bands, Dear Rouge who were headlining, and Ellevator who impressed with a powerful opening set.

Modern Space highlighted hook-laden power pop tunes from their latest EP Flip for It and tunes all the way back to the first tune that grabbed my attention, "Pen to Paper". They wear their influences on their sleeves and have fun doing it. Check out some of their tunes below, and if you like what you hear, check out their live show.

I've seen Modern Space three times before. Most recently at this very venue opening for Rainbow Kitten Surprise, at The Horseshoe as part of the TURF Club Series and at the TURF Festival at Fort York.

"A Small Pocket"

"Flip For It"

"Pen To Paper"

Ellevator at The Danforth Music Hall - Concert Photos

Ellevator at The Danforth Music Hall on October 18, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Ellevator at The Danforth Music Hall on October 18, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Ellevator at The Danforth Music Hall on October 18, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Ellevator at The Danforth Music Hall on October 18, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Ellevator at The Danforth Music Hall on October 18, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Ellevator at The Danforth Music Hall on October 18, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Ellevator at The Danforth Music Hall on October 18, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Ellevator at The Danforth Music Hall on October 18, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Ellevator at The Danforth Music Hall on October 18, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Hamilton Ontario indie-rock band Ellevator has quickly become one of my favourite bands. The songs are incredible, the live show is energetic, powerful and emotional. It all comes together into a performance package that I love.

The band demonstrated their mastery of dynamics and nuance, plus a rapidly developing stage presence when I saw them perform at The Danforth Music Hall opening for Dear Rouge and Modern Space.

I feel that this was the best Ellevator performance that I’ve seen, and that's saying a lot given how much I've enjoyed them in the past. It was especially cool when singer Nabi Sue Bersche came down to the front a number of times, finally breaking through the fourth wall by exiting from the front of the stage as the band rocked out to the outro of "St. Cecelia".

This show marked my fourth time seeing Ellevator live. Check out my photos from shows earlier this summer at Riverfest Elora and Field Trip, and take a trip back to Riverfest Elora 2016 for the first time they impressed me.

Listen to some of Ellevator's most captivating tunes from their set:

"Voices"

"New Survival"

An excellent cover of Kate Bush's "Running up that Hill"

"Struggle/Lost"

"St. Cecilia"