September 20, 2019

Howard Jones at The Bandshell at The Ex 2018 - Concert Photos

Howard Jones at The Bandshell at The Ex 2018 on August 22, 2019 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words
Howard Jones at The Bandshell at The Ex 2018 on August 22, 2019 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words
Howard Jones at The Bandshell at The Ex 2018 on August 22, 2019 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words
Howard Jones at The Bandshell at The Ex 2018 on August 22, 2019 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words
Howard Jones at The Bandshell at The Ex 2018 on August 22, 2019 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words
Howard Jones at The Bandshell at The Ex 2018 on August 22, 2019 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words
Howard Jones at The Bandshell at The Ex 2018 on August 22, 2019 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words
Howard Jones at The Bandshell at The Ex 2018 on August 22, 2019 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words
Howard Jones at The Bandshell at The Ex 2018 on August 22, 2019 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words
Howard Jones at The Bandshell at The Ex 2018 on August 22, 2019 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words
Howard Jones at The Bandshell at The Ex 2018 on August 22, 2019 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words
Howard Jones at The Bandshell at The Ex 2018 on August 22, 2019 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words
English musician, singer and songwriter Howard Jones is probably best known for his big hits from the 80s like “What Is Love?”, “New Song”, and “Things Can Only Get Better”. The latter tune has had a recent resurgence since it appeared in the hit Netflix series Stranger Things.

I've loved Jones' music since I first heard "New Song" back in the day. However, this show at the Canadian National Exhibition (a.k.a., The Ex or The CNE) was my first time seeing him live. He puts on a great show, telling stories and singing his songs with a colourful backdrop. He and his duo of musical partners performed tunes from his latest release, Transform, as well as hits from across his catalog. It was a fun walk down memory lane to hear my old favourites performed live. They've lasted so well because, at their core, they're excellent songs, and not products of a fashion or trend.

I've included some of my favourite Howard Jones tunes below. The setlist for this show is here.

Dave Sampson opened up the show with his heartfelt folk tunes. Check out my photos and some tunes here.

"Hide and Seek"

"No One Is to Blame"

"Like to Get to Know You Well"

"The One to Love You"

"What is Love?"

"New Song", which ended the main set

Encore tune "Things Can Only Get Better"

Dave Sampson at The Bandshell at The Ex 2018 - Concert Photos

Dave Sampson at The Bandshell at The Ex 2018 on August 22, 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 Sampson at The Bandshell at The Ex 2018 on August 22, 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 Sampson at The Bandshell at The Ex 2018 on August 22, 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 Sampson at The Bandshell at The Ex 2018 on August 22, 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 Sampson at The Bandshell at The Ex 2018 on August 22, 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 Sampson at The Bandshell at The Ex 2018 on August 22, 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
Cape Breton Island's Dave Sampson performed on the Canadian National Exhibition (a.k.a., The Ex and The CNE) opening for Howard Jones. My photos of Howard Jones' set is here.

This was Dave's first time attending The Ex and, therefore, his first time performing at The Ex. He was supported by guitarist Nichol Robertson for a set of solid, engaging folk tunes.

Please check out some of Dave's tunes:

"Trouble"

"Boom Town"

"Colorado"

April Wine at The Bandshell at The Ex 2018 - Concert Photos

April Wine at The Bandshell at The Ex 2018 on August 22, 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
April Wine at The Bandshell at The Ex 2018 on August 22, 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
April Wine at The Bandshell at The Ex 2018 on August 22, 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
April Wine at The Bandshell at The Ex 2018 on August 22, 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
April Wine at The Bandshell at The Ex 2018 on August 22, 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
April Wine at The Bandshell at The Ex 2018 on August 22, 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
April Wine at The Bandshell at The Ex 2018 on August 22, 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
April Wine at The Bandshell at The Ex 2018 on August 22, 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
April Wine at The Bandshell at The Ex 2018 on August 22, 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
April Wine at The Bandshell at The Ex 2018 on August 22, 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
For fifty years, April Wine has been creating powerful and influential rock tunes. I've been a fan for as long as I can remember, and so many of their tunes remain 5-star favourites in my library. Young bands have taken the band as an influence. Most recently The Dirty Nil, with their solid cover of perhaps my favourite April Wine tune, "Oowatanite". Check it out here.

Singer/guitarist Myles Goodwyn has been there right from the band's beginning, in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Brian Greenway joined the band in 1977 and has been there ever since. The band pioneered so many of the foundations of great rock tunes and the three-guitar assault.

If I had to enter one criticism, it's that I really could have done without the bass and drum solos. The band ended up running out of time for their full encore, and if I had to choose, I'd pick hearing that encore tune over the demonstration of bass and drum mastery. Am I right?

I love April Wine's music and loved hearing so many great tunes performed live. If you love the music, you'll love their live performance.

I got to cover April Wine's last appearance at The Ex back in 2014. Those photos are here.

Cory James Mitchell Band opened the show. My pics are here.

And here are a bunch of my favourite tunes from April Wine's setlist.

"Could Have Been a Lady"

"Just Between You and Me"

"21st Century Schizoid Man"

"I Like to Rock"

"Sign of the Gypsy Queen"

"Roller"

"Oowatanite", which was recently covered by The Dirty Nil, check out their version here.

Cory James Mitchell Band at The Bandshell at The Ex 2018 - Concert Photos

 Cory James Mitchell Band at The Bandshell at The Ex 2018 on August 22, 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
 Cory James Mitchell Band at The Bandshell at The Ex 2018 on August 22, 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
 Cory James Mitchell Band at The Bandshell at The Ex 2018 on August 22, 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
 Cory James Mitchell Band at The Bandshell at The Ex 2018 on August 22, 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
 Cory James Mitchell Band at The Bandshell at The Ex 2018 on August 22, 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
 Cory James Mitchell Band at The Bandshell at The Ex 2018 on August 22, 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
Sarnia, Ontario-based country-tinged classic rock group the Cory James Mitchell Band opened for April Wine on the Bandshell Stage at The Canadian National Exhibition, a.k.a., The Ex and The CNE. My photos of April Wine are right here. Check 'em out.

They played a set of workmanlike classic rock, southern rock and blues tunes, showing off their deep influences.

Here's some of their music:

"Wild Again"

"If I Could Fly Away (I'd Be Gone)"

September 1, 2019

Hillside 2019: A compendium of posts - Concert Photos

Summertime is music festival time, and Hillside is one of the coolest, most easy-going, friendliest, and most socially and environmentally conscious festivals I've ever had the pleasure of attending. It always brings a hugely diverse set of performers from different genres, locales and cultures together, yet it somehow manages to deliver a consistent vibe that echoes, "Happy Hillside!"

Please enjoy some photos from around the festival and click the links that go to each individual post on each individual act that we covered this year. Sorry we couldn't see everyone! We tried!
Hillside Festival on July 12, 13 and 14, 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
Hillside Festival on July 12, 13 and 14, 2019 Photo by Sarah Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos nikon d750 camera yyz photographer
Hillside Festival on July 12, 13 and 14, 2019 Photo by Sarah Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos nikon d750 camera yyz photographer
Hillside Festival on July 12, 13 and 14, 2019 Photo by Sarah Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos nikon d750 camera yyz photographer
Hillside Festival on July 12, 13 and 14, 2019 Photo by Sarah Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos nikon d750 camera yyz photographer
Hillside Festival on July 12, 13 and 14, 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
Hillside Festival on July 12, 13 and 14, 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
Hillside Festival on July 12, 13 and 14, 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
Hillside Festival on July 12, 13 and 14, 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
Hillside Festival on July 12, 13 and 14, 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
Hillside Festival on July 12, 13 and 14, 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
Hillside Festival on July 12, 13 and 14, 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
Hillside Festival on July 12, 13 and 14, 2019 Photo by Sarah Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos nikon d750 camera yyz photographer
Hillside Festival on July 12, 13 and 14, 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
Hillside Festival on July 12, 13 and 14, 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
Hillside Festival on July 12, 13 and 14, 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
 Day 1

Hillside Festival on July 12, 13 and 14, 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
Hillside Festival on July 12, 13 and 14, 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
Hillside Festival on July 12, 13 and 14, 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
Hillside Festival on July 12, 13 and 14, 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
Hillside Festival on July 12, 13 and 14, 2019 Photo by Sarah Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos nikon d750 camera yyz photographer
Hillside Festival on July 12, 13 and 14, 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
Day 2


Hillside Festival on July 12, 13 and 14, 2019 Photo by Sarah Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos nikon d750 camera yyz photographer
Hillside Festival on July 12, 13 and 14, 2019 Photo by Sarah Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos nikon d750 camera yyz photographer
Hillside Festival on July 12, 13 and 14, 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
Hillside Festival on July 12, 13 and 14, 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
Hillside Festival on July 12, 13 and 14, 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
Hillside Festival on July 12, 13 and 14, 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
Hillside Festival on July 12, 13 and 14, 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
Hillside Festival on July 12, 13 and 14, 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
Hillside Festival on July 12, 13 and 14, 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
Day 3

Ian Blurton's Future Now

This year's Hillside coverage includes photos made by Sarah Ordean. Check out more of her work on Instagram.

I've also covered Hillside in 2018 and 2016. You can find my posts from those years here and here.

Until next year, "Happy Hillside!"

Hillside 2019: Day 3: Skydiggers featuring Paul Langlois of The Tragically Hip - Concert Photos

Skydiggers featuring Paul Langlois of The Tragically Hip at Hillside Festival on Sunday, July 14, 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
Skydiggers featuring Paul Langlois of The Tragically Hip at Hillside Festival on Sunday, July 14, 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
Skydiggers featuring Paul Langlois of The Tragically Hip at Hillside Festival on Sunday, July 14, 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
Skydiggers featuring Paul Langlois of The Tragically Hip at Hillside Festival on Sunday, July 14, 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
Skydiggers featuring Paul Langlois of The Tragically Hip at Hillside Festival on Sunday, July 14, 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
Skydiggers featuring Paul Langlois of The Tragically Hip at Hillside Festival on Sunday, July 14, 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
Skydiggers featuring Paul Langlois of The Tragically Hip at Hillside Festival on Sunday, July 14, 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 music world, and myself personally, are still reeling from the loss of Canadian musical icon Gord Downie of The Tragically Hip. This year's Sunday line-up at Hillside's main stage closed out with a special performance by The Skydiggers, joined by The Tragically Hip's Paul Langlois.

I didn't catch the whole set, but the ending was magical, with Tragically Hip tunes "Nautical Disaster" and "Wheat Kings" followed by "End of the Line" by The Travelling Wilburys.

Hope you enjoy the tunes below and will click here to check out a master Hillside 2019 post that includes links to everything we covered this year.

I've seen The Skydiggers once before, at TURF back in 2015. Those photos are here if you want to take a look.

Skydiggers' "I Will Give You Everything"

Paul Langlois' "Not Guilty"

The Tragically Hip's "Wheat Kings"

Travelling Wilburys' "End of the Line"

Hillside 2019: Day 3: Fucked Up - Concert Photos

Fucked Up at Hillside Festival on Sunday, July 14, 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
Fucked Up at Hillside Festival on Sunday, July 14, 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
Fucked Up at Hillside Festival on Sunday, July 14, 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
Fucked Up at Hillside Festival on Sunday, July 14, 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
Fucked Up at Hillside Festival on Sunday, July 14, 2019 Photo by Sarah Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos nikon d750 camera yyz photographer
Fucked Up at Hillside Festival on Sunday, July 14, 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
Fucked Up at Hillside Festival on Sunday, July 14, 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
Fucked Up at Hillside Festival on Sunday, July 14, 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
Fucked Up at Hillside Festival on Sunday, July 14, 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
After many years of covering concerts in Toronto, this performance at Hillside Festival marked my first time seeing Fucked Up. Yes, shocking but true. They put on a fun and intense performance were Damian Abraham and the band matched the crowd's enthusiasm, excitement and vibe.

There's some Fucked Up music below, and you can click here to get to a post with links to everything we saw at this year's Hillside.

This post includes photos made by Sarah Ordean. Check out more of her work on Instagram.

"Sun Glass"

"Crooked Head"

"The Art of Patrons"