July 11, 2018

Johnny Marr at Velvet Underground - Concert Photos

Johnny Marr at Velvet Underground on May 30, 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 Velvet Underground on May 30, 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 Velvet Underground on May 30, 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 Velvet Underground on May 30, 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 Velvet Underground on May 30, 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 Velvet Underground on May 30, 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 Velvet Underground on May 30, 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 Velvet Underground on May 30, 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 Velvet Underground on May 30, 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 Velvet Underground on May 30, 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 Velvet Underground on May 30, 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 Velvet Underground on May 30, 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 Velvet Underground on May 30, 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 Velvet Underground on May 30, 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 Velvet Underground on May 30, 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 Velvet Underground on May 30, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Johnny Marr is an alternative music legend. Perhaps best known as the guitarist for The Smiths, he's also been a member of The Pretenders, The The, Electronic, Modest Mouse and The Cribs not to mention the body of his own solo work.

It was the latter that we were (mostly) there to witness on a hot early summer night at The Velvet Underground on Queen Street West. The Velvet is a relatively small venue; much smaller than The Phoenix Concert Theatre that Johnny's playing when he returns to Toronto on October 19. It was, as you could well imagine, completely sold out. We were all gathered to witness a modern guitar legend and his band play some incredible songs, both new and old.

Johnny and the band were celebrating the release of his newest solo album, Call The Comet. They played us a bunch of great songs from this latest release. We also got previous solo album highlights like "Easy Money" and five, count 'em, five, Smiths songs; "Bigmouth Strikes Again", "The Headmaster Ritual", "Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me", "How Soon Is Now?" and "There Is a Light That Never Goes Out". We also got Electronic's disco tune from Manchester, "Getting Away With It". It was hot and humid in the venue, and no one was complaining because the music was sooo good.

Overall it was an amazing experience to see and hear such a legend up-close and personal in such an intimate venue. I know this was a feeling shared with the very lucky fans who got tickets.

Check out the new tunes and catch him on the Call The Comet tour. Here are some of my favourites from the 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"

The Smiths' "Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me"

"Easy Money"

"Boys Get Straight"

The Smiths' "How Soon Is Now?"

"New Town Velocity"

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

July 8, 2018

I Mother Earth at The FirstOntario Concert Hall - Concert Photos

I Mother Earth at The FirstOntario Concert Hall on May 18, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
I Mother Earth at The FirstOntario Concert Hall on May 18, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
I Mother Earth at The FirstOntario Concert Hall on May 18, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
I Mother Earth at The FirstOntario Concert Hall on May 18, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
I Mother Earth at The FirstOntario Concert Hall on May 18, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
I Mother Earth at The FirstOntario Concert Hall on May 18, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
I Mother Earth at The FirstOntario Concert Hall on May 18, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
I Mother Earth at The FirstOntario Concert Hall on May 18, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
I Mother Earth at The FirstOntario Concert Hall on May 18, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
I Mother Earth at The FirstOntario Concert Hall on May 18, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
I Mother Earth at The FirstOntario Concert Hall on May 18, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
I Mother Earth at The FirstOntario Concert Hall on May 18, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
I love I Mother Earth. I've been lucky enough to catch the band live, and capture the shows through photos, a few times since they reunited with Edwin. First was back in 2016 when they first reunited to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the release of Scenery and Fish, a desert-island classic for me for sure, with a show at The Phoenix Concert Theatre. Then I caught their show at the Canadian National Exhibition, a.k.a. The Ex, last summer. Click through for those photos here and here.

This latest show was the last night of a coheadlining tour with Finger Eleven at The FirstOntario Centre in Hamilton. Click through and check out my shots of Finger Eleven and JJ Thompson.

The band did not disappoint. As always, they layer hard rock power chords with latin rhythms and overall virtuosity, guitar pyrotechnics, and powerful and soaring vocals. They're simply one of the best hard rocking bands Canada has ever produced and I'll see them any time I get the chance.

They spanned a number of albums with their set, focusing of course on Dig and Scenery and Fish. "Not Quite Sonic", "Used to be Alright", "Raspberry", "Earth, Sky & C.", "Summertime in the Void", "Another Sunday", "One More Astronaut" and "Rain will Fall" were among my favourites.

Finger Eleven joined I Mother Earth for the encore, which consisted of I Mother Earth's "Levitate", Finger Eleven's "Good Times" and a joint cover of Supertramp's "Bloody Well Right".
I Mother Earth and Finger Eleven joint encore at The FirstOntario Concert Hall on May 18, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
I Mother Earth and Finger Eleven joint encore at The FirstOntario Concert Hall on May 18, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
I Mother Earth and Finger Eleven joint encore at The FirstOntario Concert Hall on May 18, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
I Mother Earth and Finger Eleven joint encore at The FirstOntario Concert Hall on May 18, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
I Mother Earth and Finger Eleven joint encore at The FirstOntario Concert Hall on May 18, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Here are my favourite tunes from I Mother Earth's amazing set:

"Not Quite Sonic"

"Used to be Alright"

"Raspberry"

"Summertime in the Void"

"Another Sunday"

"One More Astronaut"

"Rain will Fall"

"Levitate"

Finger Eleven's "Good Times"

Finger Eleven at The FirstOntario Concert Hall - Concert Photos

Finger Eleven at The FirstOntario Concert Hall on May 18, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Finger Eleven at The FirstOntario Concert Hall on May 18, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Finger Eleven at The FirstOntario Concert Hall on May 18, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Finger Eleven at The FirstOntario Concert Hall on May 18, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Finger Eleven at The FirstOntario Concert Hall on May 18, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Finger Eleven at The FirstOntario Concert Hall on May 18, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Finger Eleven at The FirstOntario Concert Hall on May 18, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Finger Eleven at The FirstOntario Concert Hall on May 18, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Finger Eleven at The FirstOntario Concert Hall on May 18, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Finger Eleven at The FirstOntario Concert Hall on May 18, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Finger Eleven at The FirstOntario Concert Hall on May 18, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Finger Eleven at The FirstOntario Concert Hall on May 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 been listening to Finger Eleven since before they were Finger Eleven. Oddly enough, this was my first time seeing them live, at least that I can recall. It was the last night of the band's coheadlining tour with I Mother Earth and it was at Hamilton's FirstOntario Concert Hall. JJ Thompson did a solo acoustic set to get the whole night started. My pics of I Mother Earth are here.

The band sounded great, playing many of my personal favourites including "First Time", "One Thing", "Falling On", "Drag Me Down" and "Paralyzer". The band's sound was tight and powerful, with strong vocals and all the massive hooks I remember. It was a perfect show for my first time seeing the band after listening to them for so many years. They even threw in a cover of Genesis' "That's All".

Didn't know it at the time, but they would later return to the stage to encore with IME. Click through to my IME post for those photos.

Here are my personal favourites from Finger Eleven's Hamilton set:

"First Time"

"One Thing"


"Falling On"

"Drag Me Down"

"Paralyzer"

JJ Thompson at The FirstOntario Concert Hall - Concert Photos

JJ Thompson at The FirstOntario Concert Hall on May 18, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
JJ Thompson at The FirstOntario Concert Hall on May 18, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
JJ Thompson at The FirstOntario Concert Hall on May 18, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
JJ Thompson at The FirstOntario Concert Hall on May 18, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
JJ Thompson, also known as the JJ in JJ and the Pillars, got things started opening for I Mother Earth and Finger Eleven on the last night of their coheadlining tour at FirstOntario Concert Hall in Hamilton. Click through to check out my photos of I Mother Earth and Finger Eleven.

JJ warmed up the crowd with some powerfully-delivered tunes including tunes from the band's new album Daisy and a cover of Big Wreck's "That Song". He was doing a cover of a song from Big Shiny Tunes every night, apparently.

"Knuckles"

"The Wolves"

"The Bench"

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