It’s funny where you end up some nights, and this night was no exception. What started out as a birthday party at a friend’s house ended up at another friend’s nearby tattoo parlour.
That one night at the tattoo parlour…
Here are some of the shots that I took during the Vistek/Canon Canada Rockabilly Revival event held at in the Vistek back parking lot on June 16th.
Models for the shoot:
The 2015 Soctiabank Contact Photography Festival officially launched on May 1 with a splashy event at the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art.
As the new Social Media Community Specialist for Vistek, I had the privilege of being able to attend giving me the opportunity to meet a lot of the photographers that are exhibiting during the festival as well as sneak in a little behind the scenes shooting.
As always, Festival Executive Director Darcy Killeen (pictured above) was front and centre personally greeting everyone as they arrived. It’s this kind of personal touch that highlights why Contact is the world’s premier photography festival.
With over 3500 people in attendance, it was an eclectic crowd as one would expect. Photographers, Bay Street types, art lovers and even diplomats all intermingling, and all brought together by their common love of photography.
After the speeches were made, the party started in earnest, topped off with a live performance by special musical guest Bahamas. Unfortunately, I weren’t able to stay until the end, but I did hear through the grapevine that the party was rocking so hard, that a city by-law officer had to move in and shut it down around 1:00 a.m. so as not to annoy the neighbours! Probably a wise move, as I suspect that if allowed, people would have partied the whole night through!
I was invited to attend the 100th Anniversary Show for the Lunacy Cabaret that took place at the Zero Gravity Circus. It was a bit challenging due to the light, but I think that the shots that I was able to get turned out pretty good! It’s a great time, and I highly recommend that you attend one of the shows if you can. Warning, it’s not for the uptight, remember to check your inhibitions at the door!
Back in July of this year Toronto experienced some of the worst flooding it has ever seen. It swamped cars, flooded basements and even stranded a GO Train traveling up the Don Valley trapping just over a thousand people for several hours. 126mm of rain were reported at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport which is more than fell during Hurricane Hazel back in 1954, which until July was the highest rainfall amount recorded in Toronto.
Here are a few photos from that day…
“Little Foot Long Foot’s full-length debut is a confident and polished effort, and it shouldn’t stay off the radar much longer.” – exclaim.ca
“Toronto’s Little Foot Long Foot was born out of necessity and practicality. Following the release of their EP Just About Broke (recording by The Arkells Tim Oxford), Joan Smith (vocals, guitar) and Isaac Klein (drums) gained success through college radio, multiple best of lists, and built up a reputation as ‘the next awesome Toronto two-piece’ -twowaymonologues.com.
LFLF then released their full length album, ‘Harsh Words’ – to scads of rave reviews. With this momentum they crisscrossed Canada, killing it all over with their huge sound and love of cute animals. After lots more charting on the college charts and even a guest appearance on Degrassi, LFLF added to their hugeness with the addition of organist and vocalist Caitlin Dacey to deepen and expand their cacophonous brand of swampy cave rock. They recently completed recording their next full-length with Can-Rock Indie legend Sir Ian Blurton. Look for the record’s release in June 2011.
“Joan Smith plays the guitar like it’s a weapon of mass destruction, and Isaac Klein plays the drums with such controlled precision that it makes his tongue stick out. Joan’s voice commands attention; you have to hear it to believe it. Their country-tinged, bluesy rock-with-bite starts toes tapping, feet stamping, and a dance party in front of the stage.” – Backstage Vancouver”
The above text was taken from their Facebok page: https://www.facebook.com/littlefootlongfootband?sk=info Should you become a fan? Yes you should!
I had the privilege of attending a closed set video shoot for an APTN music show hosted by Stevie Salas featuring Little Foot Long Foot. LFLF was supposed to play 3 songs, but they did such an amazing job, Stevie asked them to play a forth as well. Not sure when the show airs, but it’ll be great to see the finished product when it’s done…
Here are some photos from the evening.