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"