March 18, 2020

The Lumineers at Scotiabank Arena - Concert Photos

The Lumineers at Scotiabank Arenal on March 3, 2020 Photo by Brad Goldstein for One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
The Lumineers at Scotiabank Arenal on March 3, 2020 Photo by Brad Goldstein for One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
The Lumineers at Scotiabank Arenal on March 3, 2020 Photo by Brad Goldstein for One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
The Lumineers at Scotiabank Arenal on March 3, 2020 Photo by Brad Goldstein for One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
The Lumineers at Scotiabank Arenal on March 3, 2020 Photo by Brad Goldstein for One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
The Lumineers at Scotiabank Arenal on March 3, 2020 Photo by Brad Goldstein for One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
The Lumineers at Scotiabank Arenal on March 3, 2020 Photo by Brad Goldstein for One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
The Lumineers at Scotiabank Arenal on March 3, 2020 Photo by Brad Goldstein for One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
The Lumineers at Scotiabank Arenal on March 3, 2020 Photo by Brad Goldstein for One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
The Lumineers at Scotiabank Arenal on March 3, 2020 Photo by Brad Goldstein for One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
The Lumineers at Scotiabank Arenal on March 3, 2020 Photo by Brad Goldstein for One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
The Lumineers at Scotiabank Arenal on March 3, 2020 Photo by Brad Goldstein for One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
The Lumineers at Scotiabank Arenal on March 3, 2020 Photo by Brad Goldstein for One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
March 3rd kicked off one of two shows in Toronto as the first Canadian stop of The Lumineers - III World Tour. Mt Joy and J.S. Ondara kicked off the night. Click through to see the photos of their sets.

Wesley Schultz began at the mic stand on stage left of the extension and Jeremy Fraites at a secondary drum kit at stage right. Being left to fend alone, despair that comes along with not being able to pursue dreams, and the possibility of losing one’s partner are echoed in the opening numbers with Sleep on The Floor and Life in the City. Hard hitting subjects and dark undertones were explored through the entire set with compelling visuals on screen backdrops such as a flaming piano in Left for Denver or a star field among trees for Leader of the Landslide. The relatable feelings and rhythmic choruses balanced those the subjects and undertones.

Earlier in the performance, The Lumineers graced the stage with a wonderful rendition of Bob Dylan’s Subterranean Homestick Blues. Fan favourite and chart topping single Ho Hey followed. When the band migrated along the hexagon stage extension intersecting with the swarm of onlookers in the pit, those surrounding were energized and drawn closer to every word spoken. At different points of the performance, other band members made their way down towards the crowd including violinist and vocalist Lauren Jacobson who joined the band to replace Neyla Pekarek. Having seen Neyla live with The Lumineers and now Lauren, I felt Lauren meshed well with the other musicians and did not skip a beat.

Addressing the crowd, lead vocalist Schultz exclaims: Can’t stop us from making this music, we are grateful to be here. Slow It Down followed which had every other attendee in mobile flashlight mode swaying to the request of Angie coming back to bed. Schultz then casually goes off the stage transitioning into Angela and makes his way down the left floor aisle passing by yours truly bringing the mesmerized crowd one step closer into the lure of The Lumineers. If that wasn’t enough he made his way into the crowd and finished in the floor pit with a circle of screaming fans locked in with video mode. Angela then led into Gloria, a song that puts perspective on addiction has Wesley showcasing his astounding vocals. During Gloria, Jacobson made her way with the violin to a corner of the hexagon only to pick up the piano keys on the song that followed.

Leader of the Landslide is transitioned to, identifying trials of homelessness and addiction with an engaged audience clapping along at high tempo moments. Cleopatra then sparked the crowd with everyone chanting and hopping. The vocals on Wesley are undeniable and the note he held towards the end of Cleopatra was triumphant. Looking over my shoulder at any given moment, I could spot someone singing along and it made the atmosphere full of euphoria.

Mt Joy’s Matt Quinn and J.S. Ondara, the lead singers of the opening bands, then joined The Lumineers for a nod to Canadian singer songwriter Leonard Cohen with their Bonus Track, Democracy, from III that still holds up today with the political turmoil in the USA. Leonard Cohen, 1992 graced the video screen. Big Parade followed with band member intros: Byron Isaacs - bassist & vocalist, no shoe wearing musician on the keys - Stelth Ulvang, Lauren Jacobson, Brandon Miller, Jeremiah who dresses the same everyday with T-shirt and suspenders and finally Wesley Schultz. White confetti was blasted into the air during the song as a exclamation to a stellar Act.

The Encore. The title track on III, Donna, launched the encore, followed by a crowd favourite Ophelia. Stubborn Love, the end-note of a spectacular show, had the arena at the top of their vocals singing along. The entire band for the finale were all decked out in Raptors’ gear showing their team spirit with custom jerseys. Further gratitude was sprinkled into the sea of people in the Toronto arena by The Lumineers, but it was us attendees that felt a huge sense of gratitude.

Going to many concerts allows you to benchmark and to some degree compare the live experiences with personal takeaways. For this experience, it has been a while since witnessing an energized level of interaction by band members with the music lovers, devoted fans and first time listeners. I absolutely loved my time with The Lumineers from start to finish.

Brad Goldstein is a freelance Toronto photographer, photo journalist and artist that focuses on live music experiences, festivals, and events.

Review by Brad Goldstein
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"Sleep on the Floor"

"Ho Hey"

"Angela"

"Cleopatra"

"Ophelia"

"Stubborn Love"

Mt. Joy at Scotiabank Arena - Concert Photos

Mt Joy at Scotiabank Arenal on March 3, 2020 Photo by Brad Goldstein for One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Mt Joy at Scotiabank Arenal on March 3, 2020 Photo by Brad Goldstein for One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Mt Joy at Scotiabank Arenal on March 3, 2020 Photo by Brad Goldstein for One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Mt Joy at Scotiabank Arenal on March 3, 2020 Photo by Brad Goldstein for One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
American indie-alternative rock band Mt Joy played with The Lumineers and J.S. Ondara at Scotiabank Arena. Please click through for photos from those sets.

Photos by Brad Goldstein

Brad Goldstein is a freelance Toronto photographer, photo journalist and artist that focuses on live music experiences, festivals, and events.

Instagram: @snapconcerts
Facebook: THEbradgoldstein
Twitter: @bradgoldstein_

"Silver Lining"

"Bigfoot"

"Jenny Jenkins"

J.S. Ondara at Scotiabank Arena - Concert Photos

J.S. Ondara at Scotiabank Arenal on March 3, 2020 Photo by Brad Goldstein for One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
J.S. Ondara at Scotiabank Arenal on March 3, 2020 Photo by Brad Goldstein for One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
J.S. Ondara at Scotiabank Arenal on March 3, 2020 Photo by Brad Goldstein for One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Singer songwriter J.S. Ondara, born in Nairobi, Kenya and now based in the USA, performed along with The Lumineers and Mt Joy at Scotiabank Arena. Please click through for the photos from those sets.

Photos by Brad Goldstein

Brad Goldstein is a freelance Toronto photographer, photo journalist and artist that focuses on live music experiences, festivals, and events.

Instagram: @snapconcerts
Facebook: THEbradgoldstein
Twitter: @bradgoldstein_

"Days of Insanity"

"Saying Goodbye"

"Torch Song"

"American Dream"

March 9, 2020

Dave Hause & the Mermaid at The Horseshoe Tavern - Concert Photos

Dave Hause & the Mermaid  at The Horseshoe Tavern on March 7, 2020 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 Hause & the Mermaid  at The Horseshoe Tavern on March 7, 2020 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 Hause & the Mermaid  at The Horseshoe Tavern on March 7, 2020 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 Hause & the Mermaid  at The Horseshoe Tavern on March 7, 2020 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 Hause & the Mermaid  at The Horseshoe Tavern on March 7, 2020 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 Hause & the Mermaid  at The Horseshoe Tavern on March 7, 2020 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 Hause & the Mermaid  at The Horseshoe Tavern on March 7, 2020 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 Hause & the Mermaid  at The Horseshoe Tavern on March 7, 2020 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 Hause & the Mermaid  at The Horseshoe Tavern on March 7, 2020 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 Hause & the Mermaid  at The Horseshoe Tavern on March 7, 2020 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 Hause & the Mermaid  at The Horseshoe Tavern on March 7, 2020 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 Hause & the Mermaid  at The Horseshoe Tavern on March 7, 2020 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 Hause & the Mermaid  at The Horseshoe Tavern on March 7, 2020 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 we try to do too many things at the same time and we end up wishing we were somewhere else. It happened the night that Dave Hause opened for The Hold Steady during their four-night Constructive Summer Horseshoe Tavern residency in 2018. My photos of The Hold Steady are here. I was out to another show and missed Dave's set. I feel like I missed a bunch more of his Toronto shows. It was time to correct that oversight.

This Saturday-night show at The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern was Dave Hause and the Mermaid's biggest show in Canada yet. It was everything I wanted it to be. I know the songs and they're amazing. I figured the band would deliver those songs with power and passion, and I wasn't wrong. The rhythm section was everything they should be, with powerful driving beats and a low end rumbling groove. The guitar sounds and playing were incendiary. I admired the vintage instruments - the Les Paul Jr. with it's exquisitely cracked finish, the Epiphone, the Ricky, the Martin - all drool worthy, and the Fender backline made them all sound perfect.

Dave's music is so much of what I love of classic rock and punk-influenced folk music, but with a voice of these times we are living in. It's got the power and passion along with great stories and Dave's great big heart. For me, it channels the pure essence of rock and punk music.

The set was packed with amazing tunes from 2011's Devour, 2013's Resolutions, 2017's Bury Me in Philly and his most recent release, last year's Kick. "Weathervane" was a killer opening track followed by the one-two punch of "We Could Be Kings" and "Saboteurs". "C'Mon Kid" and "The Flinch" are a couple of personal favourites that came up later in the set. They slowed things down with "Paradise", "Shaky Jesus" and the dark "Bearing Down" with a bit of Frightened Rabbit's "The Woodpile". "Eye Aye I", "Dirty Fucker" and "With You" closed out the main set before the quick shift into encore-mode of "Fireflies", "Time Will Tell" and "The Ditch" to close out the incredible night. Check out the full setlist here.

Chris Cresswell did a great job of delivering a solo acoustic opening set on this night. Check out my photos of his set here.

If you're not familiar with Dave's music, give some tunes a listen below, and if you can't already tell, I'd strongly recommend getting out to his next live show near you.

"We Could Be Kings"

"Saboteurs"

"C'Mon Kid"

"The Flinch"

"With You"

"The Ditch"

Chris Cresswell at The Horseshoe Tavern - Concert Photos

Chris Cresswell at The Horseshoe Tavern on March 7, 2020 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
Chris Cresswell at The Horseshoe Tavern on March 7, 2020 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
Chris Cresswell at The Horseshoe Tavern on March 7, 2020 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
Singer songwriter Chris Cresswell opened things up for Dave Hause & the Mermaid for their biggest Canadian show yet and The Horseshoe Tavern. You may know Chris from his role in The Flatliners, as many in the crowd certainly did, based on the response he got when he played a couple of Flatliners tunes.

Chris played immediately likeable tunes about his pain and had many in the crowd singing along and harmonizing with the tunes.

I caught The Flatliners at Riverfest Elora in 2018. Check out my photos of that show right here. My photos of Dave Hause & the Mermaid are here.

Check out some of Chris' tunes below and check him out, with or without The Flatliners, next time you can.

His cover of Dead to Me's "Arrhythmic Palpitations"

Flatliners' "Bury Me"

"To the Wind"

His latest song, "Feel"

March 5, 2020

The Soul Motivators at Lee's Palace - Concert Photos

The Soul Motivators at Lee's Palace on February 28, 2020 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 Soul Motivators at Lee's Palace on February 28, 2020 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 Soul Motivators at Lee's Palace on February 28, 2020 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 Soul Motivators at Lee's Palace on February 28, 2020 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 Soul Motivators at Lee's Palace on February 28, 2020 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 Soul Motivators at Lee's Palace on February 28, 2020 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 Soul Motivators at Lee's Palace on February 28, 2020 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 Soul Motivators at Lee's Palace on February 28, 2020 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 Soul Motivators at Lee's Palace on February 28, 2020 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 Soul Motivators at Lee's Palace on February 28, 2020 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 Soul Motivators at Lee's Palace on February 28, 2020 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 Soul Motivators at Lee's Palace on February 28, 2020 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 Soul Motivators at Lee's Palace on February 28, 2020 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 Soul Motivators at Lee's Palace on February 28, 2020 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 Soul Motivators at Lee's Palace on February 28, 2020 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 Soul Motivators at Lee's Palace on February 28, 2020 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 Soul Motivators at Lee's Palace on February 28, 2020 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 Soul Motivators at Lee's Palace on February 28, 2020 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
There are a few musical things that always excite my musical feelings. Powerful beats with tons of groove. Funky bass hitting hard on the one. Syncopated beats mixing with funky guitars and keys. And a horn section. Damn. A horn section always gets my ears happy.

Toronto funk outfit The Soul Motivators had me with the horn section, kept me with the funky grooves, keyboard and guitar shine, and then did the slam-dunk with Shahi Teruko's powerful vocals and magnetic presence. The Soul Motivators are a band with a ton of soul. Layered on top of that is a  a powerful singer/crowdpleaser/motivator/cheerleader.

On this night we all celebrated the release of the band's newest album, Do the Damn Thing. All I can say is the songs both new and older sound amazing from the opening grooves all the way through the set closer of "Do the Damn Thing" to the encore closing tune of their funked-up version of The Stones' "Gimme Shelter".

The Soul Motivators gave me exactly what I needed. And the rest of the Lee's Palace crowd seemed to feel the same way. I can't wait to see them again.

Tush opened up this great night of music. Check out my photos and thoughts on their set right here.

Check out some of The Soul Motivators' music:

"Do the Damn Thing"

"Mindblastin'"

"Until the Sun Goes Down"

"Gravy Train"

"Free to Believe"

"Love Thing"

Tush at Lee's Palace - Concert Photos

Tush at Lee's Palace on February 28, 2020 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
Tush at Lee's Palace on February 28, 2020 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
Tush at Lee's Palace on February 28, 2020 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
Tush at Lee's Palace on February 28, 2020 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
Tush at Lee's Palace on February 28, 2020 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
Tush at Lee's Palace on February 28, 2020 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
Tush at Lee's Palace on February 28, 2020 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
Tush at Lee's Palace on February 28, 2020 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
Tush at Lee's Palace on February 28, 2020 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
Tush at Lee's Palace on February 28, 2020 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
Toronto indie disco outfit Tush were first up on stage at Lee's Palace last week for a fantastic night of moving music. Their music is powerful with heart-wrenching vocals, dance-inducing beats, amazing melodies and hooks, a magnetic performance, not to mention great songs, great moves and great vibes.

Tush was warming up the crowd for The Soul Motivators on the night of their record release celebration for Do the Damn Thing. Check out my photos and thoughts on their set here.

Check out some of their music below and don't miss their live show when they play near you. I, for one, will be anxiously waiting for the next time I can catch them live.

"Chrysalis"

"Don't Be Afraid"

"To Darnelladon (And Beyond)"

"Live People"

March 1, 2020

Fitz and The Tantrums at The Danforth Music Hall - Concert Photos

Fitz and The Tantrums played Toronto's The Danforth Music Hall. Brad Goldstein was there to capture these images of the show.
Fitz and The Tantrums at The Danforth Music Hall on February 23, 2020 Photo by Brad Goldstein for One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Fitz and The Tantrums at The Danforth Music Hall on February 23, 2020 Photo by Brad Goldstein for One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Fitz and The Tantrums at The Danforth Music Hall on February 23, 2020 Photo by Brad Goldstein for One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Fitz and The Tantrums at The Danforth Music Hall on February 23, 2020 Photo by Brad Goldstein for One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Fitz and The Tantrums at The Danforth Music Hall on February 23, 2020 Photo by Brad Goldstein for One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Fitz and The Tantrums at The Danforth Music Hall on February 23, 2020 Photo by Brad Goldstein for One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Fitz and The Tantrums at The Danforth Music Hall on February 23, 2020 Photo by Brad Goldstein for One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Fitz and The Tantrums at The Danforth Music Hall on February 23, 2020 Photo by Brad Goldstein for One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Fitz and The Tantrums at The Danforth Music Hall on February 23, 2020 Photo by Brad Goldstein for One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Fitz and The Tantrums at The Danforth Music Hall on February 23, 2020 Photo by Brad Goldstein for One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Fitz and The Tantrums at The Danforth Music Hall on February 23, 2020 Photo by Brad Goldstein for One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Fitz and The Tantrums at The Danforth Music Hall on February 23, 2020 Photo by Brad Goldstein for One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Fitz and The Tantrums at The Danforth Music Hall on February 23, 2020 Photo by Brad Goldstein for One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Fitz and The Tantrums at The Danforth Music Hall on February 23, 2020 Photo by Brad Goldstein for One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Fitz and The Tantrums at The Danforth Music Hall on February 23, 2020 Photo by Brad Goldstein for One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Here are some of cool tunes from their setlist:

"Out of My League"

Everybody's favourite password "123456"

"I Just Wanna Shine"

"HandClap"

"All the Feels"

"The Walker"

February 27, 2020

Gowan at The Danforth Music Hall - Concert Photos

Gowan at The Danforth Music Hall on February 26, 2020 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
Gowan at The Danforth Music Hall on February 26, 2020 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
Gowan at The Danforth Music Hall on February 26, 2020 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
Gowan at The Danforth Music Hall on February 26, 2020 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
Gowan at The Danforth Music Hall on February 26, 2020 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
Gowan at The Danforth Music Hall on February 26, 2020 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
Gowan at The Danforth Music Hall on February 26, 2020 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
Gowan at The Danforth Music Hall on February 26, 2020 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
Gowan at The Danforth Music Hall on February 26, 2020 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
Gowan at The Danforth Music Hall on February 26, 2020 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
Gowan at The Danforth Music Hall on February 26, 2020 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
Gowan is a Scottish Canadian singer songwriter pianist and guitarist whose hits were ubiquitous in the 80s and 90s. He was simply Gowan, then Lawrence Gowan, then Larry Gowan. To many of us, he was always just Gowan; an incredible singer, a songwriter of danceable grooves and earworm choruses that stick in your head but somehow you never tire of them, simultaneously a writer of intricate and challenging songs that also became huge hits and, dare I say it, part of the Canadian musical culture, all while being a highly energetic and tireless live performer.

I don't think I've been to a Gowan concert since his performances at The Ontario Place Forum in the 1980s. I did catch him performing a few tunes solo at a fundraiser a few years ago. My photos of that are here. This sold-out show at Toronto's Danforth Music Hall was a fantastic opportunity for me, as well as the other 1000 plus attendees to sit back and relax while listening to a rock solid band and a classic performer play and perform an impressive catalog of tunes.

Many of the songs that were soundtracks of my high school days, as well as the years up to now, were in the set. Gowan and the band opened with one of my absolute favourites, "Cosmetics" from Gowan's giant hit second album, 1985's Strange Animal. "Awake the Giant" from their 1987 album Great Dirty World was a huge hit and one of my favourites. It was a little hard to keep focused on photography when enjoying this great tune so much.

The first set's personal highlights continued with the laid back "When There's Time (for Love)", the hard rocking "Keep up the Fight" from his 1982 debut, and closed with perhaps Gowan's biggest hit, the intensely unique and dramatic "A Criminal Mind".

Then there was intermission. You don't see a lot of shows with an artist putting in two sets with no opening act. Gowan and the band certainly could have played from 8 straight through to 11 with the amazing songs that he's released. This format gave us much longer than a typical set, while pacing things out for both band and audience.

The second set got going with "Desperate". The rest of the songs in the set are all crowdpleasers and personal favourites. "Soul's Road" the 1994 album ...but you can call me Larry, "Dancing on My Own Ground" from , "All the Lovers in the World" from the 1990 album Lost Brotherhood, "Dedication", a Styx song called "Khedive" before the drum solo. The set continued with "Keep the Tension On", "Guerilla Soldier" and closed out with another of so many huge Gowan hits, "(You're A) Strange Animal".

Of course, we had to have an encore. We weren't going to let this night end quite yet. Gowan took to the stage solo at the keyboard to perform a cover of Rush's "Limelight" for the recently departed drummer, lyricist and general Canadian music royalty, Neil Peart. "Limelight" is a personal favourite, with such deeply perceptive lyrics about the insanity of fame, and Gowan's take more than did it justice as we all sang along.

The night ended with "Moonlight Desires" and we shuffled off into the cold and snowy Canadian winter night, with so many classic songs buzzing in our ears. I think we almost floated over the slush.

Gowan's vocals were perfection, hitting every note with absolute strength and precision, and his moves were lithe and energetic The band, featuring his brother Terry on bass and Bob McAlpine, the guitarist that's been there since the beginning, played impeccably.

I'll be waiting patiently for the next time I can live through another magical musical evening with Gowan.

In the meantime, here are just a few of my favourite tunes from the night's setlist.

"Cosmetics"

"Awake The Giant"

"Keep Up The Fight"

"A Criminal Mind"

From a show I was actually at, back in the day, "Desperate".

"All the Lovers in the World"

"Guerilla Soldier"

"(You're A) Strange Animal"

"Moonlight Desires"