July 9, 2019

Chvrches at Rebel - Concert Photos

Chvrches at Rebel on July 7, 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
Chvrches at Rebel on July 7, 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
Chvrches at Rebel on July 7, 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
Chvrches at Rebel on July 7, 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
Chvrches at Rebel on July 7, 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
Chvrches at Rebel on July 7, 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
Chvrches at Rebel on July 7, 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
Chvrches at Rebel on July 7, 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
Chvrches at Rebel on July 7, 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
Chvrches at Rebel on July 7, 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
Chvrches at Rebel on July 7, 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
Chvrches at Rebel on July 7, 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
Chvrches at Rebel on July 7, 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
The addictive Chvrches track "The Mother We Share" is where it started for me, as with so many others. The tune is so incredible, and then the band just kept creating more and more amazing tunes. And as they let us into their world, we see such kind, positive, inspiring and empowering people. It's no secret that Chvrches are one of my favourite bands.

This show Sunday night at Rebel was the band's third stop in Toronto on the Love is Dead tour and their growing popularity showed in the bigger venue and the associated bigger crowd at this show. It's so nice to see such a diverse and growing crowd at a show by such a great band. Maybe it was just me, but it seemed that there were a lot more families with small children at this show. Always great to see families enjoying music together.

Chvrches always put on a great show and this performance was no different. Their music and Lauren Mayberry's stage presence always impress and keep me riveted throughout their set. This time out, it felt like they stepped up the light show with the wall of spotlights behind them and the strong lights that twisted and filled the larger venue.

The set spanned the band's discography and had the crowd dancing throughout the show. It was the final tune, "Never Say Die", that seemed to get the biggest singalong.

If you want, check out my photos of Chvrches from the previous shows I've photographed at Yonge-Dundas Square for NXNE, at The Danforth Music Hall in 2018 and at The Danforth Music Hall in 2015.

Speedy Ortiz did a great job opening up this show. Check out my photos of their set here.

And here are a bunch of Chvrches tracks from the band's setlist.

"Get Out"

"Miracle"

"Recover"

"Leave a Trace"

"Clearest Blue"

"The Mother We Share"

Speedy Ortiz at Rebel - Concert Photos

Speedy Ortiz at Rebel on July 7, 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
Speedy Ortiz at Rebel on July 7, 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
Speedy Ortiz at Rebel on July 7, 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
Speedy Ortiz at Rebel on July 7, 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
Speedy Ortiz at Rebel on July 7, 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
Speedy Ortiz at Rebel on July 7, 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
Speedy Ortiz at Rebel on July 7, 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
Speedy Ortiz at Rebel on July 7, 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
Sometimes the universe delivers exactly what you need. During Sunday night's concert at Rebel featuring Speedy Ortiz opening for Chvrches, singer/guitarist/songwriter Sadie Dupuis told us that it was going to be her birthday on Monday and that she wanted to come to one of her favourite cities, Toronto, to celebrate. Then they got the call to join Chvrches on this leg of the tour that brought them straight to, you've guessed it by now, Toronto.

Well, happy birthday, Sadie, and hope you had a great time playing for the crowd at Rebel.

This was my third time seeing Speedy Ortiz so I knew the songs well and knew I'd have a good time. I love their 90s-influenced alternative rock tunes. The band played tunes new and older in a fun set that I'm sure garnered them some new fans. They're celebrating not just Sadie's birthday, but also the release of their most recent album, Twerp Verse, which you can get right now.

Check out my photos from the last couple of times I saw them at The Horseshoe Tavern in 2018 and at The Horseshoe Tavern in 2015.

Check out my photos of Chvrches from this show right here.

Check out some tunes from Speedy Ortiz from their set:

"Lean In When I Suffer"

"Lucky 88"

"Raising the Skate"

"The Graduates"

"I'm Blessed"

"Villain"

"Swell Content"

July 7, 2019

NXNE 2019: Dizzy at Royal Mountain Records BBQ - Concert Photos

Dizzy at The Royal Mountain Records BBQ at NXNE on June 8, 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 Royal Mountain Records BBQ at NXNE on June 8, 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 Royal Mountain Records BBQ at NXNE on June 8, 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 Royal Mountain Records BBQ at NXNE on June 8, 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 Royal Mountain Records BBQ at NXNE on June 8, 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 Royal Mountain Records BBQ at NXNE on June 8, 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 Royal Mountain Records BBQ at NXNE on June 8, 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 Royal Mountain Records BBQ at NXNE on June 8, 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 Royal Mountain Records BBQ at NXNE on June 8, 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 Royal Mountain Records BBQ at NXNE on June 8, 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 Royal Mountain Records BBQ at NXNE on June 8, 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 Royal Mountain Records BBQ at NXNE on June 8, 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
Royal Mountain Records has a roster of amazing artists. They've also shown how much they care for those artists by creating the Royal Mountain Mental Health Fund, which provides funding for mental health support for artists on the label. It's something that many hope will be repeated by other labels and music industry groups. Along with Exclaim and NXNE, Royal Mountain Records put on a fundraiser BBQ to support the Fund and provide some great entertainment.

Dizzy is one of my favourite bands. They headlined the afternoon of great music, food and drinks. They overcame some technical difficulties that delayed their set's start, to deliver as amazing a set as ever. They consistently deliver heartfelt and captivating melodies, moods and messages through their songs and presence. As always, I can't wait until I get to see them again.

Check out all my previous photos of Dizzy from The Mod ClubWolfe Island Winter BallRoyal Mountain Records Festival, their Baby Teeth Release PartyField Trip and Hillside.

Please check out my coverage of the other artists at this great show:

Here are the songs that they played, in the order of their set. "Joshua" was played as an encore tune.

"Swim"

"In Time", my favourite song of last year

"Pretty Thing"

"Bleachers"

"Twist"

"Joshua"

NXNE 2019: Haviah Mighty at Royal Mountain Records BBQ - Concert Photos

Haviah Mighty at The Royal Mountain Records BBQ at NXNE on June 8, 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
Haviah Mighty at The Royal Mountain Records BBQ at NXNE on June 8, 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
Haviah Mighty at The Royal Mountain Records BBQ at NXNE on June 8, 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
Haviah Mighty at The Royal Mountain Records BBQ at NXNE on June 8, 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
Haviah Mighty at The Royal Mountain Records BBQ at NXNE on June 8, 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
Haviah Mighty at The Royal Mountain Records BBQ at NXNE on June 8, 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
Royal Mountain Records has a roster of amazing artists. They've also shown how much they care for those artists by creating the Royal Mountain Mental Health Fund, which provides funding for mental health support for artists on the label. It's something that many hope will be repeated by other labels and music industry groups. Along with Exclaim and NXNE, Royal Mountain Records put on a fundraiser BBQ to support the Fund and provide some great entertainment.

Toronto's Haviah Mighty has amazing energy, presence and musical delivery. She impressed me at Riverfest Elora and she got a huge crowd response at this show.

Check out her music below and please check out my coverage of the other artists at this great show:

"Wishy Washy Ft. Omega Mighty"

"Blame"

"Waves"

"In Women Colour"

NXNE 2019: Jayy Grams at Royal Mountain Records BBQ - Concert Photos

Jayy Grams at The Royal Mountain Records BBQ at NXNE on June 8, 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
Jayy Grams at The Royal Mountain Records BBQ at NXNE on June 8, 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
Jayy Grams at The Royal Mountain Records BBQ at NXNE on June 8, 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
Jayy Grams at The Royal Mountain Records BBQ at NXNE on June 8, 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
Royal Mountain Records has a roster of amazing artists. They've also shown how much they care for those artists by creating the Royal Mountain Mental Health Fund, which provides funding for mental health support for artists on the label. It's something that many hope will be repeated by other labels and music industry groups. Along with Exclaim and NXNE, Royal Mountain Records put on a fundraiser BBQ to support the Fund and provide some great entertainment.

Jayy Grams is a member of the LOWFi Movement from Baltimore Maryland. Jayy performed his high energy tracks that got the crowd moving to his message.

Please check out my coverage of the other artists at this great show:

"5AM"

"G&B Intro"

"R.N.H."

NXNE 2019: Dusted at Royal Mountain Records BBQ - Concert Photos

Dusted at The Royal Mountain Records BBQ at NXNE on June 8, 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
Dusted at The Royal Mountain Records BBQ at NXNE on June 8, 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
Dusted at The Royal Mountain Records BBQ at NXNE on June 8, 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
Dusted at The Royal Mountain Records BBQ at NXNE on June 8, 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
Dusted at The Royal Mountain Records BBQ at NXNE on June 8, 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
Dusted at The Royal Mountain Records BBQ at NXNE on June 8, 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
Royal Mountain Records has a roster of amazing artists. They've also shown how much they care for those artists by creating the Royal Mountain Mental Health Fund, which provides funding for mental health support for artists on the label. It's something that many hope will be repeated by other labels and music industry groups. Along with Exclaim and NXNE, Royal Mountain Records put on a fundraiser BBQ to support the Fund and provide some great entertainment.

I guess it shouldn't be a total surprise that a band formed by a founding member of Holy Fuck got tagged with my description of "soundscapes". The band is Dusted and they play highly enjoyable, ornately crafted, organic, musical excursions.

Listen to their music below, and please check out my coverage of the other artists at this great show:

"Backwoods Ritual"

"Dead Eyes"

"There Somehow"

"(Into the) Atmosphere"

NXNE 2019: Hollerado at Royal Mountain Records BBQ - Concert Photos

Hollerado at The Royal Mountain Records BBQ at NXNE on June 8, 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
Hollerado at The Royal Mountain Records BBQ at NXNE on June 8, 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
Hollerado at The Royal Mountain Records BBQ at NXNE on June 8, 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
Hollerado at The Royal Mountain Records BBQ at NXNE on June 8, 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
Hollerado at The Royal Mountain Records BBQ at NXNE on June 8, 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
Hollerado at The Royal Mountain Records BBQ at NXNE on June 8, 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
Hollerado at The Royal Mountain Records BBQ at NXNE on June 8, 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
Hollerado at The Royal Mountain Records BBQ at NXNE on June 8, 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
Hollerado at The Royal Mountain Records BBQ at NXNE on June 8, 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
Hollerado at The Royal Mountain Records BBQ at NXNE on June 8, 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
Hollerado at The Royal Mountain Records BBQ at NXNE on June 8, 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
Royal Mountain Records has a roster of amazing artists. They've also shown how much they care for those artists by creating the Royal Mountain Mental Health Fund, which provides funding for mental health support for artists on the label. It's something that many hope will be repeated by other labels and music industry groups. Along with Exclaim and NXNE, Royal Mountain Records put on a fundraiser BBQ to support the Fund and provide some great entertainment.

When the Royal Mountain Records BBQ was announced, there was a conspicuous spot for a Surprise Special Guest. Lots of speculation was circulated, but it became 100% definite once we arrived and saw Hollerado gear on stage. Hollerado are always a ton of fun to see live and with this being one of their last gigs, it was extra special.

Overall, I would love to see more shows like this. The backyard BBQ atmosphere had such a great vibe with a perfect, sunny summer day, great beer and delicious tacos, mixed in with amazing bands, their diverse tunes and a great, friendly crowd.

Hollerado played a set of:
"Americanarama"
"I Got You"
"Eloise"
"Time on Earth" from their latest and final album Retaliation Vacation, about spending time with your friends before you die
"Good Day at the Races"
"Born Yesterday"
"So it Goes"
and a cover of "Dammit" by Blink 182

I've captured Hollerado a few times before. Most recently just before new year's at Lee's Palace, last summer at Hillside and the summer before at Riverfest Elora. I'm looking forward to capturing their last show at The Danforth Music Hall this December.

Please check out my coverage of the other artists at this great show, and, of course, check out some Hollerado tunes below:

"Americanarama"

"I Got You"

"Eloise"

"Time on Earth"

"Good Day at the Races"

"Born Yesterday"

"So It Goes"

NXNE 2019: Luna Li at Royal Mountain Records BBQ - Concert Photos

Luna Li at The Royal Mountain Records BBQ at NXNE on June 8, 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 Royal Mountain Records BBQ at NXNE on June 8, 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 Royal Mountain Records BBQ at NXNE on June 8, 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 Royal Mountain Records BBQ at NXNE on June 8, 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 Royal Mountain Records BBQ at NXNE on June 8, 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 Royal Mountain Records BBQ at NXNE on June 8, 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 Royal Mountain Records BBQ at NXNE on June 8, 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 Royal Mountain Records BBQ at NXNE on June 8, 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 Royal Mountain Records BBQ at NXNE on June 8, 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 Royal Mountain Records BBQ at NXNE on June 8, 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
Royal Mountain Records has a roster of amazing artists. They've also shown how much they care for those artists by creating the Royal Mountain Mental Health Fund, which provides funding for mental health support for artists on the label. It's something that many hope will be repeated by other labels and music industry groups. Along with Exclaim and NXNE, Royal Mountain Records put on a fundraiser BBQ to support the Fund and provide some great entertainment.

Toronto's Luna Li and her band were amazing. Their performance was definitely a highlight and a great new musical discovery of not only this day, but my entire NXNE. It may be cliche to say, but these are perfect summer day songs and they fit the mood of this event perfectly. The songs are timeless, with beautiful melodies, harmonies and musical intricacies, shifting dynamics from tender chords and vocals, to cranked up grimy guitars. Luna Li is an amazing guitar player, singer and songwriter and I can't wait to see the band again.

Check out some of Luna Li's music below and please check out my coverage of the other artists at this great show:

"Silver Into Rain"

"Star Stuff"

"Opal Angel"

NXNE 2019: Boy Wonder at Royal Mountain Records BBQ - Concert Photos

Boy Wonder at The Royal Mountain Records BBQ at NXNE on June 8, 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
Boy Wonder at The Royal Mountain Records BBQ at NXNE on June 8, 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
Royal Mountain Records has a roster of amazing artists. They've also shown how much they care for those artists by creating the Royal Mountain Mental Health Fund, which provides funding for mental health support for artists on the label. It's something that many hope will be repeated by other labels and music industry groups. Along with Exclaim and NXNE, Royal Mountain Records put on a fundraiser BBQ to support the Fund and provide some great entertainment.

Boy Wonder from Toronto was first up on stage on this perfect summer afternoon. He plays intimate and personal indie-garage rock with deep influences, and great groove and attitude. His Smile Momma EP is out now.

Check out some Boy Wonder tunes below and please check out my coverage of the other artists at this great show:

"Care"

"How You Gonna Sleep"

"Smile Momma"

"Wallflower"

"Kookshop"

"Knocking'"

July 5, 2019

Lowest of the Low at The Danforth Music Hall - Concert Photos

The Lowest of the Low at The Danforth Music Hall on May 31, 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
The Lowest of the Low at The Danforth Music Hall on May 31, 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
The Lowest of the Low at The Danforth Music Hall on May 31, 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
The Lowest of the Low at The Danforth Music Hall on May 31, 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
The Lowest of the Low at The Danforth Music Hall on May 31, 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
The Lowest of the Low at The Danforth Music Hall on May 31, 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
The Lowest of the Low at The Danforth Music Hall on May 31, 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
The Lowest of the Low at The Danforth Music Hall on May 31, 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
The Lowest of the Low at The Danforth Music Hall on May 31, 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
The Lowest of the Low at The Danforth Music Hall on May 31, 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
The Lowest of the Low at The Danforth Music Hall on May 31, 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
The Lowest of the Low at The Danforth Music Hall on May 31, 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
The Lowest of the Low at The Danforth Music Hall on May 31, 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
I've been a huge fan of The Lowest of the Low since before their groundbreaking debut album Shakespeare My Butt was released. The band has just released their latest album Agitpop and played a show at The Danforth Music Hall to celebrate. Ace of Wands opened the show. Check out my photos of their set here.

Agitpop features all the hallmarks of a great Lowest of the Low or Ron Hawkins album -  driving beats, great hooks, big choruses, thought-provoking, empowering and relevant themes and lyrics - mixed in with fresh flourishes like horns and a ska-influenced tune.

In addition to a whole bunch of tunes from Agitpop, we heard classics like "Pistol", "For the Hand of Magdalena", "Salesmen Cheats and Liars", "City Full of Cowards", "Bit", "Kinda the Lonely One", "4 O’Clock Stop", "Henry Needs a New Pair of Shoes" with some of The Clash's "Bank Robber", "Eternal Fatalist", and main set closer "Bleed a Little While Tonight". Before that last song, Ron brought up the recently and dearly departed local music icon Dave Bookman and stated for all of us that we'll keep doing the things that Dave told us to do until he tells us to stop.

The main set was followed by an encore of "Black Monday" with Ron and Lawrence, "Concave" with the addition of horns, a love song from Agitpop called "When She Falls", and of course, "Rosy and Grey". For that last song, the Low was joined by Ace of Wands. Fiddle and horns turned out to be excellent additions to this classic fan favourite.

I've been lucky enough to photograph Lowest of the Low a few times over the years. Check out my photos of them at Lee's Palace, at The Danforth Music Hall, at Toronto's Festival of Beer and at TURF.

I've concentrated on the LotL "classics" in my previous coverage, and so for this post, and to celebrate the release of the band's brand new album Agitpop, I'll focus on newer tunes. Check out the band's YouTube page too, because it's got some cool clips with the background stories on the new album's songs.

"Something to Believe In"

"Love 'N' Justice"

"Power Lines"

"New Wave Action Plan"

"The Barricade"

"Permanent Revolution"