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Trish’s Highlights and Top Memories of 2017!

2017 was a year loaded with lots of hard work, unbelievable experiences, and of course, music. I got to meet, and spend time with some amazingly talented people. I got to listen to live music from my favourite artists and bands, new and old, and I had the pleasure of being able to share it with all of you. Below are my five live performance highlights for the year.

Every day I’m aware of how privileged I am to do this job, to bring together my love of music, writing and photography and to live a life where music is everywhere.

Were you at any of these shows? Let me know in the comments.

Hip Hop Set of the Year

Oddisee at Lee’s Palace, Toronto (May 27, 2017)

It’s not very often I take a pass on free music and photo access but in this case, I didn’t even apply to shoot and review the Oddisee show.

I’d been listening to The Iceberg since it’s release in February and was so looking forward to just being a fan. It was a beautifully warm May day and I met up with people I knew in line who were just as excited as I was. It was a sold out show and Lee’s Palace was packed to the back with fans of 24-year-old Amir Mohamed el Khalifa. Opening for Oddisee was Good Compny, his band, and they were brilliant. Showing off their amazing musical skills the band got the crowd ready for Oddisee to take the stage, and take over the crowd.

From the second he took the stage, Oddisee connected with us and he didn’t let go until he walked off the stage. Going into the show, I was pretty comfortable with the songs and thought I knew all the words, but there were people in the audience, singing every single word and he noticed. If this is a new name for you, and you have any interest in rap, hip-hop, jazz or even pop, you need to give his music a listen. I promise you won’t regret it.

Note: This is my only club show set highlight.

Oddisee performance taken from Facebook

Rock and Roll Set of the Year

Cage the Elephant at WayHome, Oro-Medonte (July 28, 2017)

I’ve been a fan of Cage the Elephant since their debut release in 2008 but they’d kinda fallen off my radar.

That completely changed this July when I saw them live for the first time. Wow! This show gets my Rock and Roll set of the year highlight for all the right reasons. It was full of hits, it delivered the new music from Unpeeled, it was loud, it was vibrant and it was the most energetic set of 2017. There was running and jumping and there was confetti, all perfectly timed and amazing.

As a photographer, this set gave me everything I could have hoped for and it also gave me my favourite image of the year. I smile every time I think about this set, that’s a win in my book.

Whole Wide World: Cage The Elephant at WayHome 2017

Emotional Moment Set of the Year

Imagine Dragons at WayHome, Oro-Medonte (July 29, 2017)

Right smack in the middle of WayHome, I had the most emotional moment I’ve ever experienced at a live show.  That encounter was delivered by Day 2 headliner, Imagine Dragons. And I wasn’t alone.

While in the photo pit, amongst 25+ other photographers, Dan Reyolds reached out and touched my heart. It was electric. It was the music and it was the message, “Spread peace, spread love.”. It was real and it was heartfelt.

If there was a masterclass on how to deliver three opening songs for photographers, while not taking away from the crowd, Imagine Dragons could lead this class. They gave us everything including smiles, jumps, close-ups, add in Dan leaving the stage and getting behind us to lean on the barricades, so that he could get as close as possible to the crowd, all the while singing his ass off. It was spectacular showmanship and we ate it up.

As we left the pit, there was chatter between photogs exclaiming, that they gave us everything we could have hoped for. Full disclosure here – I cried twice during the first three songs. This isn’t a normal thing, normally I’m working, I’m in work mode and while I enjoy the music and experience, it doesn’t normally affect me like this. Kudos to Imagine Dragons for connecting on a level I’d never experienced before.

Whatever It Takes: Imagine Dragons at WayHome 2017

Country Set of the Year

Keith Urban at Boots and Hearts, Oro-Medonte (August 11, 2017)

After a super hot steamy early August Friday, the weather took a little turn, and by little, I mean from cloudy threatening skies to a full out tornado warning.

Tens of thousands of people, who’d been waiting all day for headliner Keith Urban to take the stage, were surprised to be told that they had to leave the stage area and return to their tents. After quite a delay, the thunder and lightning passed and everyone was allowed to return to the stage area. Fans ran for the front and Keith opened the set with Long Hot Summer and proceeded to put on a show like nobody’s business. We were not surprised when his name appeared on the CMA’s Entertainer of the Year nominee list, this was easily one of my top five highlights of the year.

Urban played a full set, in spite of the delay, and thanked us all for coming back, like we wouldn’t. During his set, two more showers made their way through the area but he carried on like it was business as usual even giving us a sassy, “Rain ain’t nothing but a thang”.

Keith Urban is an amazing guitar player, fantastic singer and I’d stand in the rain all day for another performance like this one.

Ripcord: Keith Urban at Boots & Hearts 2017

Classic Set of the Year

Midnight Oil at Budweiser Stage, Toronto (August 25, 2017)

In the category of bands, I forgot how much I loved, I give you Midnight Oil.

Following two amazing opening bands (The Living End and Matthew Good), Midnight Oil turned up at the Budweiser Stage on a warm August night, and blew it up!

The energy level was intense, the messages were genuine and the music brought it all together. They played all of their hits and everyone sang along, including me. Peter Garrett moves and sings like a man in his 20’s and the band’s lyrics are just as relevant today as the day they were written. In addition to being my classic set of the year, they’re also my Aussie set of the year.

Midnight Oil, Matthew Good and The Living End at Toronto’s Budweiser Stage

Thank you to the artists, the teams that help bring us together, and thank you to our readers. Thank you all for supporting us and thank you for filling my life with music. I’m looking forward to 2018 and more highlights.

Midnight Oil, Matthew Good and The Living End at Toronto’s Budweiser Stage

On a beautiful Friday summer night, Toronto showed up big time for another 2017 performance by Midnight Oil. Having just performed in May of this year it was a treat that Midnight Oil returned to play for us so soon. The band brought along fellow Aussie band The Living End to get things started and Canadian Matthew Good played the middle slot of the bill. It was an action packed, energy laden night with a few welcome political messages thrown in for good measure.

The Living End are an Australian punk rock/rockabilly band who’ve been playing shows together since 1994. Friday night’s line up, which included lead singer Chris Cheney on vocals and guitar, Andy Strachan on drums and Scott Owen on double bass have been bandmates since 2002.
The Living End - Budweiser Stage 2017They come with 27 Australian Recording Industry Association Music Awards nominations and they’ve won 5 awards including Highest Selling Single, Breakthrough Artist – Album and Best Group, and for Best Rock Album, twice. Let that sink in. They put on a fun, energetic, tight set and they told us that it was a dream come true, touring with Midnight Oil.

They’ve got a brand new album out called Shift and if punk/rockabilly is your thing, we highly recommend you give this Aussie band a listen, we promise you won’t regret it.

After The Living Dead finished up their set, we got a welcome injection of one of our favourite Canadian acts, Matthew Good. Matt unceremoniously made his way to the stage, opening up his set with Giant and he had the crowd from the first note. He was charming, engaged and full of energy. He smiled and joked between songs about sunglasses and Spinal Tap thumbs down references. It was Matt Good at his absolute best and when he started Apparitions, we weren’t the only fans with tears in our eyes, and we were all happy to sing along at the end. I’m misting up just thinking about it now. Musical magic!

Amazing musicianship all around. With 12 songs in his set, I wish he could have played a little longer.
Matt Good - Budweiser Stage 2017

Matt Good Setlist Budweiser Stage, Toronto

♩ Giant
♩ Hello Time Bomb
♩ Born Losers
♩ Decades*
♩ Strange Days
♩ Let’s Get It On
♩ The Future is X-Rated
♩ Load Me Up
♩ I’m a Window
♩ Apparitions
♩ Weapon
♩ Everything is Automatic

*new single

Matt is no slouch in the award-winning department either, Matt has won 4 Juno Awards, and Matthew has a brand new single out, Decades.

Midnight Oil
 arrived and the entire venue blew up! Fans had been waiting all night for this moment and they were richly rewarded. Song after song, hit after hit, an unwavering energy from beginning to end. They were on fire!
Midnight Oil - Budweiser Stage 2017With the band spread from one side of the stage to the other, Peter Garrett moved in his own enigmatic way, owning the entire stage. The fans sang along and danced with abandon, it was truly magical to see. There were political undertones which included Trump references and a “Dump Trump” tee and statements that Trump is an “ignorant hick” and an “evil piece of shit”. There were references to the treatment of aboriginal peoples of all nations but especially of Australia and Canada, before launching into Beds Are Burning. And last but not least, there was a Green Peace tee, a shout out about the great work that organization is doing and a plea to everyone to care about the world we live in.

There was an amazing drum solo at the outset of the encore with band intros all around and at the very end Peter left us with a “[we] hope we see you sooner than last time”. We hope so too guys!

What do you need to know? In case you didn’t already know, Midnight Oil has a new box set out, both cd and vinyl. Additionally, you can get them with some unique packaging and rare items. Check out the website for all of the details. Next, you need to know that the tour continues with US, New Zealand and Australian dates still to come on The Great Circle 2017 World Tour. Check out the tour schedule and if you haven’t already, grab your tickets. 

And just in case you were wondering, Midnight Oil have won a multitude of  Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) Awards over the years including Best Group, Best Single, Best Song, Best Cover Art, Outstanding Achievement Award and more!
Midnight Oil Great Circle 2017 World Tour

Midnight Oil Setlist Budweiser Stage, Toronto

  Read About It
  Golden Age
  No Time for Games
  Put Down That Weapon
  Stars of Warburton
  Can’t See Reason
  Truganini
  My Country
  When the Generals Talk
  Tin Legs and Tin Mines
  US Forces
  Kosciusko
  Now or Never Land
  Only the Strong
  River Runs Red
  The Dead Heart
  Beds Are Burning
  Blue Sky Mine
  Sometimes

Encore
  Power and the Passion (Extended drum solo, band intros)
  Forgotten Years
  Best of Both Worlds

More Photos of The Living End at The Budweiser Stage – Toronto

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More Photos of Matthew Good at The Budweiser Stage – Toronto
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More Photos of Midnight Oil at The Budweiser Stage – Toronto
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