October 14, 2018

Men Without Hats at The Bandshell at The Ex 2018 - Concert Photos

Men Without Hats at Bandshell Park at The Ex on August 20, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos CNE Canadian National Exhibition
Men Without Hats at Bandshell Park at The Ex on August 20, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos CNE Canadian National Exhibition
Men Without Hats at Bandshell Park at The Ex on August 20, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos CNE Canadian National Exhibition
Men Without Hats at Bandshell Park at The Ex on August 20, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos CNE Canadian National Exhibition
Men Without Hats at Bandshell Park at The Ex on August 20, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos CNE Canadian National Exhibition
Men Without Hats at Bandshell Park at The Ex on August 20, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos CNE Canadian National Exhibition
Men Without Hats at Bandshell Park at The Ex on August 20, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos CNE Canadian National Exhibition
Men Without Hats at Bandshell Park at The Ex on August 20, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos CNE Canadian National Exhibition
Men Without Hats at Bandshell Park at The Ex on August 20, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos CNE Canadian National Exhibition
Men Without Hats at Bandshell Park at The Ex on August 20, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos CNE Canadian National Exhibition
Men Without Hats at Bandshell Park at The Ex on August 20, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos CNE Canadian National Exhibition
Men Without Hats at Bandshell Park at The Ex on August 20, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos CNE Canadian National Exhibition
Men Without Hats at Bandshell Park at The Ex on August 20, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos CNE Canadian National Exhibition
Men Without Hats at Bandshell Park at The Ex on August 20, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos CNE Canadian National Exhibition
Men Without Hats at Bandshell Park at The Ex on August 20, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos CNE Canadian National Exhibition
Men Without Hats at Bandshell Park at The Ex on August 20, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos CNE Canadian National Exhibition
Men Without Hats at Bandshell Park at The Ex on August 20, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos CNE Canadian National Exhibition
Men Without Hats at Bandshell Park at The Ex on August 20, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos CNE Canadian National Exhibition
Men Without Hats at Bandshell Park at The Ex on August 20, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos CNE Canadian National Exhibition
Montreal synth pop band and 80s legends Men Without Hats, consisting of the Doroshuk brothers Ivan on vocals and Colin on keyboards, plus their great band, played The Bandshell at The Ex this past summer. Although I'd been a fan for many, many years, and their songs grace many a personal playlist, this was my first live experience of Men Without Hats.

The band sounded great, and Ivan's command of the stage was remarkable. The tunes, both new and classic, sounded so good. It was a great night of reliving the 80s and how these great tunes have an incredible timelessness.

Men Without Hats' set included the tunes below, plus a superb version of Abba's "S.O.S.". The set ended with another rendition of "Safety Dance" and we got an encore of The Rolling Stones "2000 Light Years from Home". The band expressed their support for the striking technicians who were locked out during The Ex.

Spoons opened up the show. Click through to check out those photos.

"Safety Dance"

"Antarctica"

"I Got The Message"

"Living In China"

"I Like"

"Head Above Water"

"Pop Goes the World"

"This War"

"Girl with the Silicone Eyes"

"Where Do the Boys Go?"

Spoons at The Bandshell at The Ex 2018 - Concert Photos

The Spoons at Bandshell Park at The Ex on August 20, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos CNE Canadian National Exhibition
The Spoons at Bandshell Park at The Ex on August 20, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos CNE Canadian National Exhibition
The Spoons at Bandshell Park at The Ex on August 20, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos CNE Canadian National Exhibition
The Spoons at Bandshell Park at The Ex on August 20, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos CNE Canadian National Exhibition
The Spoons at Bandshell Park at The Ex on August 20, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos CNE Canadian National Exhibition
The Spoons at Bandshell Park at The Ex on August 20, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos CNE Canadian National Exhibition
The Spoons at Bandshell Park at The Ex on August 20, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos CNE Canadian National Exhibition
The Spoons at Bandshell Park at The Ex on August 20, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos CNE Canadian National Exhibition
The Spoons at Bandshell Park at The Ex on August 20, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos CNE Canadian National Exhibition
The Spoons at Bandshell Park at The Ex on August 20, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos CNE Canadian National Exhibition
The Spoons at Bandshell Park at The Ex on August 20, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos CNE Canadian National Exhibition
The Spoons at Bandshell Park at The Ex on August 20, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos CNE Canadian National Exhibition
Spoons are one of my favourite bands. They're legends of 80s pop, writing and performing landmark tunes that defined a genre and influenced so many artists. I've written about them and photographed them a few times now. I always love hearing their classic new romantic pop tunes and it looks like they still love playing them for us.

This show took place during the Canadian National Exhibition, a.k.a., The Ex at the Bandshell. Spoons hit the stage ahead of fellow 80s legends Men Without Hats. Click through for those photos.

Spoons sounded great and brought out a hit-filled opening set consisting of the tunes below, closing with their modernized version of "Nova Heart".

You can check out my photos from the band's performances at The Bandshell in 2016 and at The Ex Midway Stage in 2014.

We love the 80s!

"Arias & Symphonies" live at The El Mocambo, Toronto, 1982


"Nova Heart" live at Le Spectrum, Montreal, 1984


"Old Emotions" live at Le Spectrum, Montreal, 1984

"Bridges Over Borders"

"Romantic Traffic"

"Tell No Lies"

Leon Bridges at Echo Beach - Concert Photos

Fort Worth, Texas soul singer Leon Bridges performed at Echo Beach in Toronto, with Khruangbin. Photographer Brad Goldstein captured these images at the show.
Leon Bridges at Echo Beach on September 27, 2018 Photo by Brad Goldstein One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Leon Bridges at Echo Beach on September 27, 2018 Photo by Brad Goldstein One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Leon Bridges at Echo Beach on September 27, 2018 Photo by Brad Goldstein One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Leon Bridges at Echo Beach on September 27, 2018 Photo by Brad Goldstein One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Leon Bridges at Echo Beach on September 27, 2018 Photo by Brad Goldstein One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Leon Bridges at Echo Beach on September 27, 2018 Photo by Brad Goldstein One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Leon Bridges at Echo Beach on September 27, 2018 Photo by Brad Goldstein One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Leon Bridges at Echo Beach on September 27, 2018 Photo by Brad Goldstein One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Leon Bridges at Echo Beach on September 27, 2018 Photo by Brad Goldstein One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Leon Bridges at Echo Beach on September 27, 2018 Photo by Brad Goldstein One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Leon Bridges at Echo Beach on September 27, 2018 Photo by Brad Goldstein One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Leon Bridges at Echo Beach on September 27, 2018 Photo by Brad Goldstein One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Leon Bridges at Echo Beach on September 27, 2018 Photo by Brad Goldstein One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Leon Bridges at Echo Beach on September 27, 2018 Photo by Brad Goldstein One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Leon Bridges at Echo Beach on September 27, 2018 Photo by Brad Goldstein One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Listen to some of Leon's music:

"River"

"Coming Home"

"Beyond"

Khruangbin at Echo Beach - Concert Photos

Huston, Texas trio Khruangbin performed at Echo Beach in Toronto, opening for Leon Bridges. Photographer Brad Goldstein captured these images at the show.
Khruagbin at Echo Beach on September 27, 2018 Photo by Brad Goldstein One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Khruagbin at Echo Beach on September 27, 2018 Photo by Brad Goldstein One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Khruagbin at Echo Beach on September 27, 2018 Photo by Brad Goldstein One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Khruagbin at Echo Beach on September 27, 2018 Photo by Brad Goldstein One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Khruagbin at Echo Beach on September 27, 2018 Photo by Brad Goldstein One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Khruagbin at Echo Beach on September 27, 2018 Photo by Brad Goldstein One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Khruagbin at Echo Beach on September 27, 2018 Photo by Brad Goldstein One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Khruagbin at Echo Beach on September 27, 2018 Photo by Brad Goldstein One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Khruagbin at Echo Beach on September 27, 2018 Photo by Brad Goldstein One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Khruagbin at Echo Beach on September 27, 2018 Photo by Brad Goldstein One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Khruagbin at Echo Beach on September 27, 2018 Photo by Brad Goldstein One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Khruagbin at Echo Beach on September 27, 2018 Photo by Brad Goldstein One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Khruagbin at Echo Beach on September 27, 2018 Photo by Brad Goldstein One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Khruagbin at Echo Beach on September 27, 2018 Photo by Brad Goldstein One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Check out some of their music:

"Evan Finds The Third Room"

"Mr. White"

"White Gloves"

October 9, 2018

Riverfest Elora 2018: A compendium of posts - Concert Photos

Three days in August. Thirty-seven live bands captured. Thousands of photos taken, culled, edited and posted, hundreds of songs heard, dozens of words written and we have another Riverfest Elora in the books. It may take a while for me to get through all of those steps, but I hope there's still appreciation for the content, and as the temperature falls along with the coloured leaves and we ease reluctantly into autumn, it's a great time to reflect back on an incredible summer of music and another incredible Riverfest Elora.

This year marked the festival's tenth anniversary. That's quite an impressive milestone when the realities of how hard it is to put on a great festival year after year become more and more apparent. I only hope that Riverfest Elora can keep it up and I'll still be covering it over the decades to come.

Riverfest Elora gathers an amazing mixture of established and classic acts, up and coming artists and brand new discoveries. I'm guaranteed to come away having experienced the best of each, along with some new bands that blew my mind. It's an exceptionally well-curated festival that is well organized and well run, and attracts an enthusiastic and fun-loving yet easy-going crowd. It's a pretty difficult combination to pull off and Riverfest Elora does it so well. I look forward to this festival each year.

I was left this year with one amusing thought. It totally cracks me up that people have these new canoe shaped lounge chair things and they have to run like crazy, trailing them behind like some tubular stringless kite, and do this many times, just so they can sit down. *Shrugs and sits on the grass*

Click through on the links below to a post dedicated to every act I caught at this year's Riverfest Elora.

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3
Riverfest Elora 2018 at Bissell Park on August 17, 18 and 19, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Riverfest Elora 2018 at Bissell Park on August 17, 18 and 19, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Riverfest Elora 2018 at Bissell Park on August 17, 18 and 19, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Riverfest Elora 2018 at Bissell Park on August 17, 18 and 19, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Riverfest Elora 2018 at Bissell Park on August 17, 18 and 19, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Riverfest Elora 2018 at Bissell Park on August 17, 18 and 19, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Riverfest Elora 2018 at Bissell Park on August 17, 18 and 19, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Riverfest Elora 2018 at Bissell Park on August 17, 18 and 19, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos