October 15, 2019

Frank Turner and The Sleeping Souls at The Queen Elizabeth Theatre - Concert Photos

Frank Turner at The Queen Elizabeth Theatre on October 10, 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
Frank Turner at The Queen Elizabeth Theatre on October 10, 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
Frank Turner at The Queen Elizabeth Theatre on October 10, 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
Frank Turner at The Queen Elizabeth Theatre on October 10, 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
Frank Turner and The Sleeping Souls at The Queen Elizabeth Theatre on October 10, 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
Frank Turner and The Sleeping Souls at The Queen Elizabeth Theatre on October 10, 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
Frank Turner and The Sleeping Souls at The Queen Elizabeth Theatre on October 10, 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
Frank Turner and The Sleeping Souls at The Queen Elizabeth Theatre on October 10, 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
Frank Turner and The Sleeping Souls at The Queen Elizabeth Theatre on October 10, 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
Frank Turner and The Sleeping Souls at The Queen Elizabeth Theatre on October 10, 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
Frank Turner and The Sleeping Souls at The Queen Elizabeth Theatre on October 10, 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
Frank Turner and The Sleeping Souls at The Queen Elizabeth Theatre on October 10, 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
Frank Turner and The Sleeping Souls at The Queen Elizabeth Theatre on October 10, 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
Frank Turner and The Sleeping Souls at The Queen Elizabeth Theatre on October 10, 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
Frank Turner and The Sleeping Souls at The Queen Elizabeth Theatre on October 10, 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
Frank Turner and The Sleeping Souls at The Queen Elizabeth Theatre on October 10, 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
Frank Turner and The Sleeping Souls at The Queen Elizabeth Theatre on October 10, 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
Frank Turner and The Sleeping Souls came through Toronto on tour supporting No Man’s Land. The new album features songs about women. There’s a song for each historically significant woman’s story and one for Frank’s mum.

Frank Turner's music and live performances have been some of my absolute favourites. His music, message and performances always fill my heart and soul to the brim, often bring a tear to my eye, and I rejoice in how down-to-earth and caring Frank is. I've had the privilege to cover four previous Frank Turner and The Sleeping Souls shows, and attend more. If you please, check out my photos from their appearances at The Phoenix Concert Theatre in 2018, at Massey Hall in 2016, at The Danforth Music Hall in 2016 and at TURF back in 2013.

This was a unique Frank Turner show for me. First off, it was in a soft-seat theatre; The Queen Elizabeth Theatre, to be specific. Second, Frank would perform two sets; one solo, featuring songs and stories from No Man’s Land, and one with The Sleeping Souls featuring songs from across Frank’s catalog. Third, the set with The Sleeping Souls was a seated, more acoustic set than usual, featuring an autobiographical story arc / journey through Frank’s life and career. The more acoustic Sleeping Souls set gave the band an opportunity to experiment with arrangements, including an ambitious a cappella beginning to "I Am Disappeared" that was absolutely magical.

Frank's solo acoustic set interweaved wonderful stories and tributes from the new album No Man's Land. I love how Frank expresses his feelings about his fellow human beings. It’s strongly reflected in his musical creations and live shows. The solo acoustic set was closed out with "The Lioness". The singalong and the power of the song and its message brought a tear to my eye and a lump to my throat. Easily one of my favourite songs of the year.

After a short intermission, Frank was back, along with The Sleeping Souls. The set started off strong with "The Ballad of Me and My Friends", quickly followed by "I Knew Prufrock Before He Got Famous". Fitting well with the soft-seat theatre venue and the storytelling nature of the solo set, Frank continued telling us inspiring and insightful stories, creating the narrative arc mentioned earlier.

Frank told us that he uses songs to talk to himself about better ways to live and if we think some of his songs sound like he's preaching, we should know that he's preaching to himself with messages of not giving up. This was the poignant intro to "Reasons Not to Be an Idiot".

"I Am Disappeared" was next with a bold and fucking gorgeous opening that the band should definitely keep in the set. "One Foot Before the Other" conjured Carl Sagan with a mention of the stardust what we're all made of, and how that matter continues on, even if we don't.

Their performance of "The Way I Tend To Be" was so beautiful and powerful. "Blackout" was fantastic. "The Lifeboat" reminded us that if we look out for each other as individuals then there is hope. "Balthazar, Impresario" was met with a massive crowd response, but the singalong increased in intensity with "Long Live the Queen", which always gets me squarely in the feels.

Everybody rose to their feet for an immaculate show-closing trinity of "Recovery", "I Still Believe" and "Be More Kind". This was a perfect song to end the night with. What a much-needed message for our ever-nastier age. We seem to be regressing and taking steps back in so many ways, but if we can resist those darker urges, and just treat all our fellow human beings with kindness, we can reverse the trend and continue to be better every day.

Kayleigh Goldsworthy opened up the show with a fantastic solo set of her own. Check out my photos and some of her music right here.

And finally, here are my favourite tunes from Frank Turner and The Sleeping Souls' set.

"Jinny Bingham's Ghost"

"Sister Rosetta"

"The Lioness"

"The Ballad of Me and My Friends"

"Reasons Not to Be an Idiot"

"I Am Disappeared"

"The Way I Tend to Be"

"Long Live the Queen"

"Recovery"

"I Still Believe"

"Be More Kind"

Kayleigh Goldsworthy at The Queen Elizabeth Theatre - Concert Photos

Kayleigh Goldsworthy at The Queen Elizabeth Theatre on October 10, 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
Kayleigh Goldsworthy at The Queen Elizabeth Theatre on October 10, 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
Kayleigh Goldsworthy at The Queen Elizabeth Theatre on October 10, 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
Kayleigh Goldsworthy at The Queen Elizabeth Theatre on October 10, 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
Brooklyn/Syracuse singer/songwriter Kayleigh Goldsworthy opened for Frank Turner at The Queen Elizabeth Theatre in Toronto. My photos of Frank Turner and The Sleeping Souls are here.

Kayleigh is a charming performer who mixes her personal and accessible tunes with fun stories and cool covers. She included covers of Concrete Blonde's "Joey" and Teenage Fanclub's "The Concept". Switching from electric to acoustic gave the solo set an additional sense of variety.

I'd highly recommend you spend some time with Kayleigh's music and check out her live show the next time you have the opportunity.

Here's some music from Kayleigh's latest album All These Miles.

"Cursed to Wander"

"Jamie"

"Stuck

October 8, 2019

Goodbye Honolulu at The Baby G - Concert Photos

Goodbye Honolulu at The Baby G on September 19, 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
Goodbye Honolulu at The Baby G on September 19, 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
Goodbye Honolulu at The Baby G on September 19, 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
Goodbye Honolulu at The Baby G on September 19, 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
Goodbye Honolulu at The Baby G on September 19, 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
Goodbye Honolulu at The Baby G on September 19, 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
Goodbye Honolulu at The Baby G on September 19, 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
Goodbye Honolulu are a rock 'n' roll band from Toronto. I caught their recent gig at The Baby G where they played us a bunch of new songs from a new release that they're working on, plus some of their older favourites.

Goodbye Honolulu's show was fun, energetic and kept the crowd was dancing and bouncing all night. I enjoy the band more and more every time I see them, I'm looking forward to future shows and releases, and I recommend you check them out if you're not already familiar with them.

I've seen Goodbye Honolulu a couple of times. Most recently at The Phoenix Concert Theatre and the first time at The Horseshoe. Yup, those links will take you to my photos from those shows.

Winona Forever and Luna Li did great jobs opening the show. Check out my pics of those bands at the links.

And here's some Goodbye Honolulu music:

"U Got It"

"Typical"

"Mother to a Brother"

Winona Forever at The Baby G - Concert Photos

Winona Forever at The Baby G on September 19, 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
Winona Forever at The Baby G on September 19, 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
Winona Forever at The Baby G on September 19, 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
Winona Forever at The Baby G on September 19, 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
Winona Forever at The Baby G on September 19, 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
Winona Forever at The Baby G on September 19, 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
Winona Forever are an indie pop band from “Canada”. I caught them at The Baby G and enjoyed their easy listening tunes featuring shifting tempos and cool guitar sounds. They're fantastic musicians playing intricate tunes that got some dancing going.

Goodbye Honolulu headlined this show and Luna Li was the amazing first band on. Click those links to check out those pics.

"Keep Kool"

"Gazing"

"Heads or Tails"

Luna Li at The Baby G - Concert Photos

Luna Li at The Baby G on September 19, 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
Luna Li at The Baby G on September 19, 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
Luna Li at The Baby G on September 19, 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
Luna Li at The Baby G on September 19, 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
Luna Li at The Baby G on September 19, 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
Luna Li at The Baby G on September 19, 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
Luna Li at The Baby G on September 19, 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
Luna Li at The Baby G on September 19, 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
Luna Li at The Baby G on September 19, 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
Luna Li at The Baby G on September 19, 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
Toronto's own Luna Li was first up on The Baby G's stage on a night headlined by Goodbye Honolulu and including Winona Forever. Please click those links to see my photos of those bands.

I first saw Luna Li at the Royal Mountain Records BBQ during NXNE and I loved her playing and music. Luna Li's songs feature gorgeous sounds and intricate, soothing melodies. For some songs, Li loops the guitar then layers in violin to form incredible soundscapes. For others, she unleashes amazing guitar pyro.

Check out some of her music and go to one of her upcoming shows:

"Silver Into Rain"

"Opal Angel"

"Star Stuff"