November 16, 2019

The Regrettes at Velvet Underground - Concert Photos

The Regrettes at Velvet Underground on October 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
The Regrettes at Velvet Underground on October 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
The Regrettes at Velvet Underground on October 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
The Regrettes at Velvet Underground on October 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
The Regrettes at Velvet Underground on October 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
The Regrettes at Velvet Underground on October 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
The Regrettes at Velvet Underground on October 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
The Regrettes at Velvet Underground on October 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
The Regrettes at Velvet Underground on October 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
The Regrettes at Velvet Underground on October 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
The Regrettes at Velvet Underground on October 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
Velvet Underground was the Toronto venue where I caught my third performance by The Regrettes. I can’t think of a band that is such a shining example of unbridled fun. The Regrettes are addictive. That addiction comes from their amazing tunes, their fun shows, and their positive and inclusive attitude. I'll take every opportunity I can to see the band live.

In terms of highlights, opening tune "California Friends" is one of my favourite tunes of 2019. "Dress Up", "Pumpkin", "Fog", "Seashore", "Stop and Go" and "Poor Boy" were all highlights of The Regrettes' set. I especially loved the group therapy of "Seashore" and the Stop! And go crazy of "Stop and Go". The Regrettes are inclusive, empowering, and cleared out the front for an all-girls pit. Cool!

Give their music some time with your ears if you're not already familiar, and please check out my photos of their shows at NXNE 2019 and NXNE 2017.

Don't forget to check out my shots of opening bands Greer and Hala.

"California Friends"

"Dress Up"

"Pumpkin"

"Seashore"

"Poor Boy"

Greer at Velvet Underground - Concert Photos

Greer at Velvet Underground on October 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
Greer at Velvet Underground on October 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
Greer at Velvet Underground on October 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
Greer at Velvet Underground on October 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
Greer at Velvet Underground on October 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
Greer at Velvet Underground on October 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
Greer at Velvet Underground on October 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
Josiah, Corbin, Seth and Lucas became a band around November, 2018 in Orange County California. The band is Greer. They played Toronto's Velvet Underground between headliners The Regrettes and Hala.

The audience loved their upbeat and danceable indie rock tracks. They performed a cool and unique cover of The Strokes' "Someday" and a cover of Neutral Milk Hotel's ""In the Aeroplane Over the Sea".

Check out their music below, and please click for my shots of The Regrettes and Hala.

"Aeroplane", "Paper Birds", "A Lullaby for You", "All That's Left Behind"

"Lullaby For You/Long Hair" (Mesto Cover)

Hala at Velvet Underground - Concert Photos

Hala at Velvet Underground on October 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
Hala at Velvet Underground on October 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
Hala at Velvet Underground on October 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
Hala at Velvet Underground on October 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
Hala at Velvet Underground on October 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
Hala at Velvet Underground on October 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
Hala at Velvet Underground on October 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
Hala at Velvet Underground on October 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
Detroit Michigan's Ian Ruhala, the singer/songwriter of the band Hala, was first up on stage at Velvet Underground with The Regrettes and Greer. They told us that this was their second visit to Toronto to play us their fun, upbeat rock and roll tunes.

Check out some of their tunes below, and please click through for my photos of The Regrettes and Greer from this great show.

"Sorry"

"Found a Way"

Yungblud at The Danforth Music Hall - Concert Photos

Yungblud at The Danforth Music Hall on October 6, 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
Yungblud at The Danforth Music Hall on October 6, 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
Yungblud at The Danforth Music Hall on October 6, 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
Yungblud at The Danforth Music Hall on October 6, 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
Yungblud at The Danforth Music Hall on October 6, 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
Yungblud at The Danforth Music Hall on October 6, 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
Yungblud at The Danforth Music Hall on October 6, 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
Yungblud at The Danforth Music Hall on October 6, 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
Yungblud at The Danforth Music Hall on October 6, 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
Yungblud at The Danforth Music Hall on October 6, 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
Yungblud at The Danforth Music Hall on October 6, 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
Yungblud at The Danforth Music Hall on October 6, 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
Yungblud at The Danforth Music Hall on October 6, 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
Yungblud at The Danforth Music Hall on October 6, 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
Yungblud at The Danforth Music Hall on October 6, 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
Yungblud is a force of nature. His unbridled energy and the boundless love of his fans come together for a uniquely powerful experience. When they took to The Danforth Music Hall stage in Toronto, Yungblud and his band ran miles, pounded out tunes, burned calories and whipped a crowd into an ultra-devotional frenzy with his infectious tunes, tireless energy and positive, inclusive message.

This was my third time seeing Yungblud and his band perform live, and each time they do something that I'd normally consider impossible - they take the level of the performance even higher. The first time I caught Yungblud's show was at NXNE in Toronto in 2018. I had only heard "I Love You, Will You Marry Me" and the performance blew me away. The next time it was at a jam-packed Rivoli and although he had a broken leg, the performance was gripping, powerful and featured unbridled energy and love from Yungblud himself and his fans.

This show was in a much, much bigger venue, but it had intimate energy stemming from the way Yungblud manages to engage each and every member of the audience, growing the connection and positive vibes. He's got an inclusive message of family, safety, acceptance, tolerance, unity and love. My heart grew with the deafening cheer from the crowd when they were asked if anyone ever felt like an outcast or like a freak. We are truly each other’s freaks. The admiration the fans display borders on the unreal as they scream and cheer unrelentingly between songs.

For this show, Yungblud did something amazing that he hadn't done at the other shows I saw. He came out and performed acoustically in the middle of the crowd. It was powerful and unifying. There were so many other musical highlights that I couldn't do them justice. In addition to his own tunes, Yungblud performed a MGK cover and took the crowd participation up another level with a split singalong during "Die for the Hype".

Check out a bunch of cool tunes from Yungblud's set, if you're not already obsessed. And check out my coverage of Missio's opening set.

"Psychotic Kids"

"I Love You, Will You Marry Me"

"Polygraph Eyes"

"Loner"

"I Think I'm Okay"

"Machine Gun (Fuck the NRA)"

Missio at The Danforth Music Hall - Concert Photos

Missio at The Danforth Music Hall on October 6, 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
Missio at The Danforth Music Hall on October 6, 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
Missio at The Danforth Music Hall on October 6, 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
Missio at The Danforth Music Hall on October 6, 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
Missio at The Danforth Music Hall on October 6, 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
Missio at The Danforth Music Hall on October 6, 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
Missio at The Danforth Music Hall on October 6, 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
Missio at The Danforth Music Hall on October 6, 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
Formed in Austin Texas, Missio came through Toronto, performing at The Danforth Music Hall, warming up the crowd for Yungblud. Check out my photos, thoughts and some music from Yungblud's incredible set right here.

Missio played fun, high energy tunes. Their super-energetic singer's vibe proved infectious as the audience got right into it. I loved their positive message, specifically the stated idea that if you take off your mask then other people will feel comfortable taking off their masks. I truly hope so, even though it's so hard to be that vulnerable. I love the positive encouraging inclusive and safe-space messages.

Check out some Missio tunes:

"I See You"

"Everybody Gets High"

"Middle Fingers"

"Sing to Me"

Half-Alive at The Mod Club - Concert Photos

Half-Alive at The Mod Club on October 5, 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
Half-Alive at The Mod Club on October 5, 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
Half-Alive at The Mod Club on October 5, 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
Half-Alive at The Mod Club on October 5, 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
Half-Alive at The Mod Club on October 5, 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
Half-Alive at The Mod Club on October 5, 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
Half-Alive at The Mod Club on October 5, 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
Half-Alive at The Mod Club on October 5, 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
Half-Alive at The Mod Club on October 5, 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
Half-Alive at The Mod Club on October 5, 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
Great pop tunes; tight and engaging choreography; a polished performance and the most elaborate stage and light setup I’ve seen at The Mod Club. That's what we got when Long Beach California's Half-Alive brought their tour supporting Now, Not Yet through Toronto.

Amongst the fun songs, the great sound, the engaging performance, I'd say we got an arena-level show on a club stage. Pretty unique and I'm glad I got to witness it.

Fellow Californians Sure Sure opened up the show. Check out my photos and some music from their set here.

"still feel"

"BREAKFAST"

"aawake at night"

"the fall"

Sure Sure at The Mod Club - Concert Photos

Sure Sure at The Mod Club on October 5, 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
Sure Sure at The Mod Club on October 5, 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
Sure Sure at The Mod Club on October 5, 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
Sure Sure at The Mod Club on October 5, 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
Sure Sure at The Mod Club on October 5, 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
Sure Sure at The Mod Club on October 5, 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 caught Los Angeles' experimental pop band Sure Sure when they opened things up for Half-Alive at The Mod Club in Toronto. Don't forget to click right here for my photos of Half-Alive.

I enjoyed Sure Sure's funky fun pop tunes. They included a cover of The Talking Heads' tune "This Must be the Place" with Stanley the hammer holding down the bass (kinda literally). Haha.

They broke out of the mould of other bands by including unique yet fun audience participation moves. I don't want to spoil the surprise, but it's a highlight if you catch the band live.


Check out some of their tunes:

"Good Thing"

"Warm Animal"

"Friends"