June 18, 2019

SOAK at The Drake Hotel Underground - Concert Photos

SOAK at The Drake Hotel Underground on June 17, 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
SOAK at The Drake Hotel Underground on June 17, 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
SOAK at The Drake Hotel Underground on June 17, 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
SOAK at The Drake Hotel Underground on June 17, 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
SOAK at The Drake Hotel Underground on June 17, 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
SOAK at The Drake Hotel Underground on June 17, 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
SOAK at The Drake Hotel Underground on June 17, 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
SOAK at The Drake Hotel Underground on June 17, 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
SOAK at The Drake Hotel Underground on June 17, 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
SOAK at The Drake Hotel Underground on June 17, 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
SOAK at The Drake Hotel Underground on June 17, 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
SOAK at The Drake Hotel Underground on June 17, 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
SOAK is a wonderful singer/songwriter from Derry in Northern Ireland. She performed an intimate, uplifting and empowering set at The Drake Hotel Underground in Toronto. Fenne Lily performed a powerful and intimate opening set. Please click through here to see those photos.

SOAK's latest album, Grim Town, came out earlier this year and entered instant heavy rotation in my library. Both singles so far, "Knock Me Off My Feet" and "Déjà Vu", have embedded themselves in my consciousness with their elegant melodies and addictive hooks. Definitely "Best of 2019" material.

I knew going into this show that I love SOAK's music. The performance only solidified it, with a fantastic band, humble yet endearing stage presence with thoughtful, introspective and humourous stories, and perfect delivery. SOAK and her band played a set that varied from quiet, contemplative songs to those with big, catchy choruses and power chords.

I can't give a strong enough recommendation to listen to SOAK's music and see them perform live.

Here are some of the highlight tunes from SOAK's fantastic set:

"Knock Me Off My Feet"

"B a noBody"

"Blud"

"Valentine Shmalentine"

"Déjà Vu"

"Sea Creatures"

"Everybody Loves You"

Fenne Lily at The Drake Hotel Underground - Concert Photos

Fenne Lily at The Drake Hotel Underground on June 17, 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
Fenne Lily at The Drake Hotel Underground on June 17, 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
Fenne Lily at The Drake Hotel Underground on June 17, 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
Fenne Lily at The Drake Hotel Underground on June 17, 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
Fenne Lily at The Drake Hotel Underground on June 17, 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
Fenne Lily at The Drake Hotel Underground on June 17, 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
Fenne Lily is a singer/songwriter from Bristol, UK. She and her duo partner performed at The Drake Hotel Underground in Toronto, warming up the crowd for SOAK. Please click through and check out my photos of SOAK's set here.

I loved Fenne Lily's set. From the guitar interplay, the tender melodies and intimate-feeling songs through to the great stories and Fenne's wonderful sense of humour, it was an engaging set. I also enjoyed the unexpected pleasure of not needing my earplugs.

We heard a set of entirely new material from a forthcoming album. The songs drew us all in with their melodies, flow and lyrics.

Here are some of Fenne Lily's songs that we didn't get to hear performed live at this show. I'm very much looking forward to the release of her next album, and her next visit to Toronto.

Take a listen:

"Three Oh Nine"

"Car Park"

"On Hold"

June 9, 2019

PUP at The Danforth Music Hall - Concert Photos

Toronto punk band PUP played two sold-out nights at Toronto's Danforth Music Hall. Their latest album Morbid Stuff just came out and it's amazing. Photographer Justin Roth made these images at Saturday night's show.

PUP are playing RBC Echo Beach on July 21st with Twin Peaks, Cayetana and Partner for what is sure to be an awesome show. Go get your tickets here.

We've covered PUP a couple of times before. Check out the photos from their set at Osheaga 2017 and at Hillside 2016.
PUP at The Danforth Music Hall on June 8, 2019 Photo by Justin Roth One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
PUP at The Danforth Music Hall on June 8, 2019 Photo by Justin Roth One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
PUP at The Danforth Music Hall on June 8, 2019 Photo by Justin Roth One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
PUP at The Danforth Music Hall on June 8, 2019 Photo by Justin Roth One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
PUP at The Danforth Music Hall on June 8, 2019 Photo by Justin Roth One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
PUP at The Danforth Music Hall on June 8, 2019 Photo by Justin Roth One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
PUP at The Danforth Music Hall on June 8, 2019 Photo by Justin Roth One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
PUP at The Danforth Music Hall on June 8, 2019 Photo by Justin Roth One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
PUP at The Danforth Music Hall on June 8, 2019 Photo by Justin Roth One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
PUP at The Danforth Music Hall on June 8, 2019 Photo by Justin Roth One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
PUP at The Danforth Music Hall on June 8, 2019 Photo by Justin Roth One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
PUP at The Danforth Music Hall on June 8, 2019 Photo by Justin Roth One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
PUP at The Danforth Music Hall on June 8, 2019 Photo by Justin Roth One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
PUP at The Danforth Music Hall on June 8, 2019 Photo by Justin Roth One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
PUP at The Danforth Music Hall on June 8, 2019 Photo by Justin Roth One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
PUP at The Danforth Music Hall on June 8, 2019 Photo by Justin Roth One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
PUP at The Danforth Music Hall on June 8, 2019 Photo by Justin Roth One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
PUP at The Danforth Music Hall on June 8, 2019 Photo by Justin Roth One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
PUP at The Danforth Music Hall on June 8, 2019 Photo by Justin Roth One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Check out a bunch of tunes from PUP's setlist.

"Kids"

"Guilt Trip"

"Sleep in the Heat"

"Dark Days"

"Free at Last"

"Reservoir"

"If This Tour Doesn't Kill You, I Will"

"DVP"

June 3, 2019

Dizzy at The Mod Club - Concert Photos

Dizzy at The Mod Club on April 16, 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
Dizzy at The Mod Club on April 16, 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
Dizzy at The Mod Club on April 16, 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
Dizzy at The Mod Club on April 16, 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
Dizzy at The Mod Club on April 16, 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
Dizzy at The Mod Club on April 16, 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
Dizzy at The Mod Club on April 16, 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
Dizzy at The Mod Club on April 16, 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
Dizzy at The Mod Club on April 16, 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
Dizzy at The Mod Club on April 16, 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
Dizzy at The Mod Club on April 16, 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
Dizzy at The Mod Club on April 16, 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
Dizzy are so beautiful. The melodies and songs they create, their presence and attitude, their lyrics and personality; it's all beauty. This sold out headlining show at Toronto's Mod Club was a powerful and emotional performance; a special performance for so many reasons. Dizzy had just won a Juno and sold out their first headlining Toronto show. Yes, that's right, up to this particular evening, Dizzy had never played their own show in Toronto.

They were as grateful and humble as the crowd was enthusiastic and excited. Every comment that Katie Munshaw made from the stage was met with screams of "I love you!" from the crowd. They played all their heartfelt songs and even premiered a brand new song, "Twist", for the city that showed them love in the beginning.

The show was perfection. So much love was shared and so much beauty presented. I was so happy to have witnessed and captured the night. There's a little documentary called Coming Into Focus that's been published about this very night. Click that link to check it out.

The setlist:
"Swim"
"Stars and Moons"
"Arcadia"
"In Time"
"Ghost Limbs"
"Pretty Thing"
"Twist"
"Calico"
"Joshua"
"Backstroke"

Encore
"Bleachers" acoustic
"Pirouette"

Some of my favourite concert photos, my favourite song of 2018, my second favourite album of 2018, one of my favourite songs of 2017; they all come from Dizzy. From the first time I saw them when they played Hillside before they had any music out, to their Juno win, until this sold-out Mod Club show marking their first headlining show in Toronto, I've loved this band. As always, I can't wait until next time.

Tokyo Police Club's Dave Monks opened up the show. Check out my photos of the duo set here.

Check out all my previous photos of Dizzy from Royal Mountain Records Festival, their Baby Teeth Release PartyField Trip and Hillside.

Here are some clips of Dizzy playing their incredible music:

"Swim"

"Stars and Moons"

"In Time", my favourite song of last year

"Pretty Thing"

"Twist"

"Joshua"

"Backstroke"

"Bleachers"

"Pirouette"

Dave Monks at The Mod Club - Concert Photos

Dave Monks at The Mod Club on April 16, 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
Dave Monks at The Mod Club on April 16, 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
Dave Monks at The Mod Club on April 16, 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
Dave Monks at The Mod Club on April 16, 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
Dave Monks at The Mod Club on April 16, 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
Dave Monks at The Mod Club on April 16, 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
Dave Monks is well known for his role in Tokyo Police Club. On this particular night, he and his duo partner were not flying the TPC flag; no, this was a Dave Monks show. I enjoyed his tunes as we all awaited the stars of the evening, Dizzy, who were about to perform their first headlining Toronto show; a sold-out show, too. My photos of their set are here.

Check out some of Dave's music:

"The Rules"

"Gasoline"