March 11, 2019

Hollerado matinee with special guests including Fred Penner at Lee's Palace - Concert Photos

Hollerado at Lee's Palace on December 30, 2018 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
Hollerado at Lee's Palace on December 30, 2018 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
Hollerado at Lee's Palace on December 30, 2018 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
Hollerado at Lee's Palace on December 30, 2018 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
Hollerado at Lee's Palace on December 30, 2018 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
Hollerado at Lee's Palace on December 30, 2018 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
Hollerado at Lee's Palace on December 30, 2018 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
Hollerado at Lee's Palace on December 30, 2018 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
Hollerado at Lee's Palace on December 30, 2018 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
Hollerado at Lee's Palace on December 30, 2018 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
Hollerado at Lee's Palace on December 30, 2018 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
Hollerado at Lee's Palace on December 30, 2018 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
Hollerado at Lee's Palace on December 30, 2018 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
Hollerado at Lee's Palace on December 30, 2018 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
Hollerado at Lee's Palace on December 30, 2018 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
My last show of 2018 was in some ways the strangest, or at least the most unique, while being greatly enjoyable.

It was an all ages matinee show ahead of Hollerado's New Year's Eve show at Lee's Palace. But it wasn't like the other all ages shows I'd been to previously. It was full of kids. Like, little kids. Like, grade 1 and younger kids running around the Lee's Palace dance floor and lying on it (yuck) and sitting cross-legged to watch the opening variety acts.

We saw the songs, costumes and choreography of The Vinyl Vixens, Story Time with Anne and Annie, legendary kids performer Fred Penner and Finger Tricks Vivian, all hosted by CBC's Steve Patterson.

Once Hollerado hit the stage and the floor filled up with more adult sized people to rock out to the band, it all became much more normal for me. But that's not to say that the variety acts weren't fun or entertaining. They were.

But I was there for Hollerado. Their powerful and fun delivery of catchy and energetic power pop tunes is always just what I need. They put on a short but hits-filled set and sent us on our way. It was a fun afternoon.

And since this show, the band has announced that they're moving on to other things. Their next album Retaliation Vacation will come out June 7 and it will be their last. They're heading out on tour to put on their last shows, including the absolute last shows at Toronto's Danforth Music Hall on December 12-13. See you there!

Setlist:
"Americanarama"
"I Got You"
"Eloise"
"Good Day At The Races"
"Pick Me Up"
"On My Own"
"Born Yesterday"
"Juliette"
"So It Goes"

Encore
"One Last Time", including filming of parts of the video
"Keep On Rocking in the Fee World" Neil Young cover

I've seen Hollerado a couple of times before and you can see that coverage by clicking on the links here and here. They're for the band's shows at Hillside and Riverfest Elora.

Here are some of my favourite Hollerado tunes.

"Americanarama"

"I Got You"

"Eloise"

"Good Day at the Races"

"Born Yesterday"

"Juliette"

"So It Goes"

"One Last Time" the video filmed in part at this very show

March 3, 2019

Lowest of the Low at Lee's Palace - Concert Photos

Lowest of the Low (Ron Hawkins) at Lee's Palace on December 29, 2018 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
Lowest of the Low (Ron Hawkins) at Lee's Palace on December 29, 2018 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
Lowest of the Low (Ron Hawkins) at Lee's Palace on December 29, 2018 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
Lowest of the Low (Ron Hawkins) at Lee's Palace on December 29, 2018 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
Lowest of the Low (Ron Hawkins) at Lee's Palace on December 29, 2018 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
Lowest of the Low (Ron Hawkins) at Lee's Palace on December 29, 2018 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
Lowest of the Low (Ron Hawkins) at Lee's Palace on December 29, 2018 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
Lowest of the Low (Ron Hawkins) at Lee's Palace on December 29, 2018 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
Lowest of the Low (Ron Hawkins) at Lee's Palace on December 29, 2018 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
Lowest of the Low (Ron Hawkins) at Lee's Palace on December 29, 2018 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
Lowest of the Low (Ron Hawkins) at Lee's Palace on December 29, 2018 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
Lowest of the Low (Ron Hawkins) at Lee's Palace on December 29, 2018 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
Lowest of the Low (Ron Hawkins) at Lee's Palace on December 29, 2018 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
Lowest of the Low (Ron Hawkins) at Lee's Palace on December 29, 2018 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
Lowest of the Low (Ron Hawkins) at Lee's Palace on December 29, 2018 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
Lowest of the Low are legends of the Canadian indie music scene of the early 1990s. Ron Hawkins, both with The Low and with his many solo and band incarnations, has been a mainstay of Canadian music ever since. I've stated many times before that he's one of my absolute favourite songwriters and The Low plus his work outside the band are all personal favourites.

This late 2018 show at Lee's Palace was an incredible walk through the band's history and a look into the future. The Low even got an introduction from Canadian modern rock historian and broadcasting personality Alan Cross. You can peruse the band's setlist below, including the three encores. The band sounded great and the songs rang out with passion and conviction.

While The Lowest of the Low are hot off the release of the Shakespeare My Box career retrospective box set, they announced that they have got a new album coming out in 2019. The band spent a bunch of January recording it, and Ron told us to mark May 31 on our calendars as "Love and Justice Day" for a Danforth Music Hall show.

"Pistol"
"Concave"
"For the Hand of Magdelena"
New song
"Gamble"
"Under the Carlaw Bridge"
"New Wave Action Plan"
"City Full of Cowards"
"So Long Bernie"
"Winter Sleepers"
"Salesmen, Cheats and Liars"
"Gerona Train"
"Lazy Days"
"Something to Believe In"
"Eternal Fatalist" with The Clash's "Bank Robber"
"Powerlines"
"California Gothic"
"Gossip Talkin' Blues"
"Bleed a Little While Tonight"
"Sincero"
"Henry Needs a New Pair of Shoes"
"The Taming of Carolyn"

Encore 1
"Black Monday"
"Love and Justice"
"Rosy and Grey"

Encore 2
"Bit"
"Letter from Bilbao"
"Kinda the Lonely One"

Encore 3
"Subversives"

Halfax indie rockers Scrapes did a great job opening the show. Check out my coverage of them here.

And for my previous coverage of The Low, click through for my thoughts and photos from their shows at Danforth Music Hall, Festival of Beer and TURF.

And now, this:

"For the Hand of Magdelena"

"Lazy Days"

"Something to Believe In"

"Eternal Fatalist"

"Powerlines"

"Bleed a Little While Tonight"

"Black Monday"

"Rosy and Grey"

"Kinda the Lonely One"

Scrapes at Lee's Palace - Concert Photos

Scrapes at Lee's Palace on December 29, 2018 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
Scrapes at Lee's Palace on December 29, 2018 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
Scrapes at Lee's Palace on December 29, 2018 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
Scrapes at Lee's Palace on December 29, 2018 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
Scrapes at Lee's Palace on December 29, 2018 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
Scrapes at Lee's Palace on December 29, 2018 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
Scrapes at Lee's Palace on December 29, 2018 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
Scrapes at Lee's Palace on December 29, 2018 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
Halifax indie rock band Scrapes were up on the Lee's Palace stage to open for one of my all-time favourite bands, The Lowest of the Low, for the second last show I attended in 2018. Click through for my pics and thoughts on LOTL's show here.

I saw these guys for the first time almost exactly 5 years ago. We’ve both come a long way. They're still impressive with strong power chord and chorus-driven tunes. Canada deserves to hear a lot more from these guys. They let the songs stretch out with long jams and you can see they have a great time performing.

Click here for my shots of Scrapes at The Rivoli, in the very, very early days of my concert photography adventure.

Goddo perform their Farewell Concert at The Phoenix Concert Theatre - Concert Photos

Goddo (Greg Godovitz) perform their Farewell Concert at The Phoenix Concert Theatre on December 15, 2018 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
Goddo (Greg Godovitz) perform their Farewell Concert at The Phoenix Concert Theatre on December 15, 2018 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
Goddo (Greg Godovitz) perform their Farewell Concert at The Phoenix Concert Theatre on December 15, 2018 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
Goddo (Greg Godovitz) perform their Farewell Concert at The Phoenix Concert Theatre on December 15, 2018 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
Goddo (Greg Godovitz) perform their Farewell Concert at The Phoenix Concert Theatre on December 15, 2018 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
Goddo (Greg Godovitz) perform their Farewell Concert at The Phoenix Concert Theatre on December 15, 2018 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
Goddo (Greg Godovitz) perform their Farewell Concert at The Phoenix Concert Theatre on December 15, 2018 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
Goddo (Greg Godovitz) perform their Farewell Concert at The Phoenix Concert Theatre on December 15, 2018 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
Goddo (Greg Godovitz) perform their Farewell Concert at The Phoenix Concert Theatre on December 15, 2018 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
Goddo (Greg Godovitz) perform their Farewell Concert at The Phoenix Concert Theatre on December 15, 2018 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
Goddo (Greg Godovitz) perform their Farewell Concert at The Phoenix Concert Theatre on December 15, 2018 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
Goddo (Greg Godovitz) perform their Farewell Concert at The Phoenix Concert Theatre on December 15, 2018 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
Goddo (Greg Godovitz) perform their Farewell Concert at The Phoenix Concert Theatre on December 15, 2018 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
Goddo (Greg Godovitz) perform their Farewell Concert at The Phoenix Concert Theatre on December 15, 2018 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
Goddo (Greg Godovitz) perform their Farewell Concert at The Phoenix Concert Theatre on December 15, 2018 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
Goddo has been part of the music in my life for pretty much as long as I can remember. Some of my earliest musical memories of a barely-double-digits aged music lover were of Goddo tunes like "Cock On", "Oh Carole, Kiss My Whip", "Sweet Thing", "Vampire Eyes" and "Pretty Bad Boys". Yeah, that explains a bunch, I guess.

I also remember wandering through the Canadian National Exhibition, the local Toronto end-of-summer fair, and hearing some Goddo music. I then got to peek into a beer tent that they were performing in. I don’t even think I was old enough to actually go in and enjoy the band; I just got to stand outside and soak up the power of the band’s live performance.

I honestly don’t think I’ve seen them live since then.

When I heard that the band was officially performing their last show at Toronto’s Phoenix Concert Theatre, I knew I wanted to be there, and ideally be there with my camera to capture the show for my own and the rest of the band’s fans’ enjoyment.

We all got a farewell-worthy performance. The band was made up of Godovitz, the only member of the band that was there for every performance, every interview and every album. He was joined by original drummer Marty Morin and the son of original guitarist Gino Scarpelli, Gene Scarpelli. They were joined by special guests throughout the night including Ed Pilling, singer from Godovitz's previous band Fludd, Gord McKinnon on the keys, John B Armiston on harp (excuse any spelling errors, and please let me know so I can fix them) and a few other guests. They brought back Toney Springer, whose band Wild T and The Spirit opened up the show (don't forget to check out my coverage of their set here) for "Hey Joe".

The set list, spelled out below, featured a couple of greatest hits albums worth of amazing tunes including some Fludd tunes, and the never-before-played-live acoustic tune "Chantal".

Godovitz announced that he's go a new book, Up Close and Impersonal, coming out in the new year and there's an Eddie Kramer remix of Goddo's first album. Sounds cool.

Here's the set list as I captured it; may not be perfect...

"So Walk On"
"Work It Out"
"Bus Driver Blues"
"Vampire Eyes"
"Under My Hat"
"Pretty Bad Boys"
"Lovely Lady" and "Sure Got a Lot to Learn" with Ed Pilling from Fludd
"Sweet Thing"
"Dreams of New York City"
"Chantal"
"There Goes My Baby"
"Hey Joe" with Wild T, Toney Springer
"Tough Times"
"Cock On"
"Oh Carole, Kiss My Whip"
"Too Much Carousing"

Encore
"Drive Me Crazy"
"Little Sister"
"Stand by Me" with Ed Pilling

And some of my favourite Goddo tunes. Unfortunately, there's not a ton on YouTube.

"So Walk On"

"Pretty Bad Boys"

"Sweet Thing"

"Tough Times" / "Cock On"

"Oh Carole, Kiss My Whip"

"Drive Me Crazy"

Wild T and The Spirit at The Phoenix Concert Theatre - Concert Photos

Wild T and The Spirit (Toney Springer) at The Phoenix Concert Theatre on December 15, 2018 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
Wild T and The Spirit (Toney Springer) at The Phoenix Concert Theatre on December 15, 2018 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
Wild T and The Spirit (Toney Springer) at The Phoenix Concert Theatre on December 15, 2018 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
Wild T and The Spirit (Toney Springer) at The Phoenix Concert Theatre on December 15, 2018 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
Wild T and The Spirit (Toney Springer) at The Phoenix Concert Theatre on December 15, 2018 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
Wild T and The Spirit (Toney Springer) at The Phoenix Concert Theatre on December 15, 2018 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
Wild T and The Spirit (Toney Springer) at The Phoenix Concert Theatre on December 15, 2018 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
Wild T and The Spirit (Toney Springer) at The Phoenix Concert Theatre on December 15, 2018 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
In the early to mid 90s, I used to see Wild Toney Springer and his band The Spirit, Wild T and The Spirit, for short, perform at The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern. I remember buying their debut album on cassette back in the day, too. Toney is a wicked-hot guitar player, singer and performer. His tunes are blues-rockers with due homage to pioneers of the genre and his own unique spark which make the tunes so, so good.

It was amazing to see Toney perform again after such a long time and to hear some of the classic tunes, with great newer ones mixed in. Toney’s guitar playing and singing was, as always, powerful and emotional. He’s a true master of the instrument and the stage.

Highlights of the set were "Love Crazy", "I Am a River", "I've Got the Rhythm", "Every-Thang", "Midnight Blues" and "Yvonne".

Toney and the band were warming things up for Canadian rock legends Goddo's farewell show. My coverage of that set are here.

Check out some of the great tunes below:

"Love Crazy"

"I am a River"

"I've Got the Rhythm"

"Midnight Blues"

"Yvonne"