I am a huge believer in encouraging kids to actively engage with the community that they are a part of. From my experiences travelling in Asia with Ella I think our society has a lot to learn about bringing kids into the folds of community and supporting them in their growth to adulthood. So you can imagine my bliss and respect for Hey Ocean! when this amazing moment happened at Rifflandia. The video below the still is so precious ;) Thank you, Hey Ocean! for being so incredibly awesome!
Mother Mother is one of my favorite bands to see live. They bring it every single time with loads of talent, 110% energy, and always with gratitude for the audience and show organizers. A winning combination. They also generously donate their time and talent to War Child when they are at Rifflandia. Without further ado, Mother Mother.
Day 3 of Rifflandia is about to begin and while I will be posting images shortly from tons of incredibly talents bands that are playing Riff this year, this post is dedicated to The Flaming Lips. If there was a roof on Royal Athletic Park, it would have been blown last night. I know our minds were.
I was pleasantly surprised to see Bif Naked up at the Prince Rupert rally. I had never seen her live before. She has a casual and intimate air about her that made it feel like she was playing for us in her living room. For someone that has had to face some major challenges in her life, it is apparent that she rolls with the punches and comes out smiling. I will definitely try to catch her show again.
I first heard of Eva through a friend of mine that directed me toward her blog. Eva documented her battle with cystic fibrosis with such heart and such grace that the world fell in love with her. Eva touched so many people and brought such energy and determination to the fight against CF that support has proliferated since her courageous battle came to an end last March. I attended a benefit concert on Feb.13th that was in honour of Eva. Many of the bands that performed had a personal connection with Eva which made the event extra moving.
When I arrived, Steph Macpherson was taking the stage. She is a very clever songwriter. One of my favorite feelings is when an emotion or sentiment that I have been unable to express through words or images is packaged up in an eloquent and poetic gift by a musician. I have felt this a couple times while listening to Steph.
Rococode took the stage next. As their website explains, “Rococode is an unfamiliar band made up of familiar faces”. I always love seeing Laura Smith live so it was a treat to watch the latest collaboration. They totally rocked the house. Live performances do not always guarantee that the bands will “put on a show”. Some bands just stand on stage and play their music, not really justifying the fact that people payed to WATCH them as well as listen. Well, Rococode are true performers. Their love for their art was very evident. Rococode is a must see when they come to your town. I adore shooting bands that give ‘er.
I caught a little bit of Sunday Buckets just as I was leaving. They certainly had the crowd going. Tons of energy and a super fun way to end the evening.
I want to start with a great big thanks to Atomique for putting on such great shows and making the Victoria music scene what it is.
I went down to the Save-On Foods Memorial Centre last night to photograph the Metric show. It was great to finally see them live (well, the first three songs anyway). The difference between shooting musicians in the dawn of their career and those that are really well known is access (obviously). I adore shooting the smaller gigs as you have a lot of freedom to roam, time to get into the groove and, in my mind, capture truer images. With the larger shows it is typical to be ushered in just before the set starts, you shoot for the first three songs, and then you are ushered out. The amount of shoot time isn’t an issue for me (I shoot fast and a lot) but it is when it happens in the set that feels wrong to me. *I understand it isn’t all about the photographer, I’m trying to get over that. Haha ;) I’m sure the music industry has excellent reasons for making it the first three songs. * But let me explain where I’m coming from on this one. Music shows are like conversations. When it begins there is usually an air of tension as you try to read the other side while covering the standard rote questions “Where are you from? What do you do?”. It takes a bit of time before you can relax into discussing the stuff that actually matters. The stuff that is a truer representation of you. The stuff that will have you walking away thinking about how awesome the other one is. It takes time to warm up. To get deep. It is the same for shows. The end of the set is ALWAYS (o.k, I’m sure there are some notable exceptions) better, purer, rawer (is that a word?), richer than the start. It is THAT that I’m interested in capturing. THAT is the gold. Not the hello. Not the how are you. But the HEY, THIS IS WHAT I LIVE FOR! THIS IS WHY MY HEART BEATS.
So until I change the system, I give you a hello from Metric: