Philippines Typhoon Relief Fundraiser Concert

My friend, Qué decided to organize this fundraiser concert for the victims of the Philippies typhoon. She did an awesome job of it! It was a night of full live music, art, laughs, and good times at the V-Lounge. There was a huge range of music from rock to metal to hip hop. Qué got me to shoot the event. It was a loooong night of standing, but it was worth it in the end.

Neil Trett

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Paradise Street

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03 - Inglewood - 4299
03 - Inglewood - 4306
03 - Inglewood - 4314

Adventures of Nightgirl

04 - Adventures of Nightgirl - 4328
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05 - Sexweather - 4394
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05 - Sexweather - 4407

Gord Phillips

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06 - Gord Phillips - 4456

James Kasper

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07 - James Kasper - 4485

Spaceport Union

08 - Spaceport Union - 4503
08 - Spaceport Union - 4518
08 - Spaceport Union - 4531

Funked Up

09 - Funked Up - 4549
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09 - Funked Up - 4583


10 - Radco - 4591
10 - Radco - 4610
10 - Radco - 4622

Megaton Python

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12 - Shinerunner - 4689
12 - Shinerunner - 4695
12 - Shinerunner - 4704

Common Anomalies

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Dirty Harriet

14 - Dirty Harriet - 4758
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15 - Wyrmwood - 4827
15 - Wyrmwood - 4830
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Live painting by Kristen of Urbanheart

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Kristen - 4794

To check out more pictures, please go here : Philippines Typhoon Relief Fundraiser Concert

Canada Day 2013 Music In Victoria

Canada Day in Victoria! I decided to head downtown to check out some live music in front of the parliament buildings. The lineup was pretty stacked, and the best part was…. It was free! Live shows were going on throughout the whole day, but I got there around after dinner time. I had to get an awesome spot for taking pics, so I showed up a little bit earlier.  The first band I checked out was Caracol – a folk/pop band from Montreal. They were pretty good. Great harmonies and songs! Definitely worth checking out (

Next band was a local Victoria group, Acres of Lions – a pop/rock band. They’re always having fun on stage and have catchy tunes. I’ve always loved photographing this band live. It’s really cool seeing the progress they’ve made in the music scene. (

The Odds… Vancouver band!! It’s really awesome seeing more bigger bands come to Victoria. I only know a couple of their songs (and they played them all), but they were definitely entertaining live – a good sense of humour, talented musicians, and they’re just having fun. They may seem like they’re serious, but they’re really not. (

Hey Ocean! Another Vancouver band (pop/rock)! I’ve been listening to their stuff for a while now, and have been wanting to see them live. This was my chance. I love their songs, Ashleigh’s (lead singer) voice, her mannerisms on stage, the harmonies, and the energy. They sure know how to entertain the crowd. I’m soooo glad I got to finally see them live! Definitely a highlight. They’re also a super fun band to photograph live as well. There were so many awesome pictures!  (

Keep an eye out for the next blog post – more Canada Day pictures!!

Behind The Scenes – Bass Line TV Comedy Pilot – Jam Session

Another night of shooting. This time we were at the jam space in the Rock Bay area. It was my first time here… I didn’t even know there were places like this in the area! It was another great night. Everything went smoothly and we finished relatively early. I think I’m starting to like hearing the words “it’s a wrap”. Anyways, here’s some pics!

John K Samson with Shotgun Jimmie

John K Samson, lead singer of Winnipeg’s folk indie rock band, the Weakerthans decided to put out a solo album on Jan. 24, 2012 called Provincial. He’s currently nearing the end of his tour throughout Canada and the US promoting his newly released album. He made a stop in Vancouver on Mar. 31, 2012 at the Biltmore Cabaret – a small venue that can hold about a couple hundred people. I was fortunate enough to go see him live as I’m a big fan of John K Samson. I also knew he doesn’t come out here that often, so I had no choice but to go.

The house music fades out. More people started arriving at the sold out venue as the curtains pull away. The opening band, Shotgun Jimmie started the night. I didn’t know what to expect from him because I’ve never heard of his stuff before. One of the first things I noticed was his modded Fender guitar (it had a Bigsby vibrato tail piece, which I’ve never seen before) and a suitcase used as a kick drum. His music was interesting as you knew he was up there having fun, and his songs were about random things like girls, love, space, beer, etc. It had an indie rock feel to his music. Really enjoyable. He would add in little guitar riffs here and there, a couple of jazz chords, and some rock and roll. He even admitted that his “drum kit” sounded like cheap electronic drum loops. He definitely warmed up the crowd especially when he played his last song of his set. He invited a drummer and John K Samson to play bass. What a great way to get the crowd pumped.

John K Samson starts off with him alone on stage with an acoustic guitar in hand. He did his welcome thing and starts the set with playing “One Great City!”. A Weakerthans song about a love/hate relationship with Winnipeg. Once he played the first note on his guitar, you knew he had everyone’s attention. He then played “Heart of the Continent” from his solo album, Provincial. He mentioned how they were pretty much the same chords but with different lyrics. The rest of the band came up and joined him for a few more songs along with Shotgun Jimmie on lead guitar. During the performance, a girl blacks out in the crowd and John stops the music to make sure she’s ok before continuing on. Then someone yelled “you’re so Canadian!” and the night went on. He later raised his mug and made a toast by reciting his song “Elegy for Gump Worsley”, a tribute to Gump Worsley, an old goalie for the New York Rangers. He also later promoted a petition saying that Reggie “The Riverton Rifle” Leach should be into the Hockey Hall of Fame. Which lead to the song he wrote about the petition. John played a good balance of songs from his solo album and songs from the Weakerthans which was what everyone was hoping for.

John always had a smile on his face, and you knew he was having a good time on stage. With that combined with his great stories behind the songs, and his amazing songwriting, this is why people were so captivated by him and his music.  I found myself just closing my eyes and embracing the music. One could only hope that the night would last forever, but unfortunately, John’s set had to end. People were wanting more. John ended up doing a few more encore songs, and wrapped up the night by standing at the very front of the stage with his guitar playing and singing (without being plugged into the system) “Virtute The Cat Explains Her Departure”. It was like a good old sing along. What a great end to the night.

I think I’ve said this a few times already, but I’ll say it again. When you have someone that is very genuine, a good story teller, talented musician/songwriter, and a great poet playing at a small intimate venue, you get an amazing concert.

November 2011 Issue of the Musetta Stone Magazine!

Looks like there’s another issue release of the Musetta Stone. For all of you who don’t know what it is, it’s a group of musicians joining together writing articles about music. We have a bunch of different articles including spotlighting musicians, recording gear reviews, fashion, practicums, cd reviews, concert reviews, and much more! So go ahead and check out the link. This issue we’re featuring a local musician, Kuba Oms! Check it out by clicking on the picture below

Musetta Stone music magazine update

Hey everyone!

A group of us have been writing articles for this music magazine, and I still can’t believe it’s been just over a year now! It’s crazy how time flies. But anyways, we’re slowly in the process of changing all our previous magazine issues to webpages. This might take a while… But anyways, Matty has been writing a few more articles on this issue which include a CD review and a Musecraft article…. Curious? Go check it out by clicking on the picture below, and keep checking back once in a while as we’re adding stuff constantly to this site.

New Magazine And Layout

The Musetta Stone music magazine has released their latest issue in August! It features bassoonist, Darren Hicks. There’s CD reviews, concert reviews, and other articles people have written. So go check it out. AND we’ve released a new layout for our website! Go check it out here. We’re still in the progress of upgrading it, so throughout the next while you will see periodic updates and even more articles!

Like Musetta Stone on Facebook!!

Week 21: Carli And Julie Kennedy Teaser

This week’s HDR picture is a special one. My friends, Carli and Julie Kennedy played at Butchart Gardens tonight at the band shell. They always put on a great show – full of energy, awesome harmonies, and really talented musicians. I told them I’d take some pictures for them. As I was shooting, I thought to myself “I wonder if HDR will work in this kind of scenario?” By the time I got home, I was pretty eager to find out, so I quickly whipped up these two pictures.

15mm, ISO 400, F5

10mm, ISO 400, F5

I think they turned out pretty well. Let me know what you think! More pictures of the concert are on the way!

Check out Carli and Julie’s music and website here and like them on Facebook here. Go support hard working local artists!!

Musetta Stone May Edition

Hey everyone!

Just a quick post here… So me and a few others have been working really hard this past week to put together the latest issue of our music magazine, The Musetta Stone! This issue we’re featuring Cairan Ryan, a baritone singer! Check it out!

We’re also in the middle of redesigning the website too, so hopefully by mid-June we’ll have a new website! So keep checking back frequently

So Close To Being One Year Old

Yet another busy week for me… Right when I thought I was able to have a full weekend off, there was work to be done! LAME!! So after having one day off on Sunday, I seemed to be even more tired on Monday. So that’s why I’m really looking forward to this coming weekend. It’s strange how at work you can go from being stupidly busy to nothing happening at all. These last few days have been super slow which makes work long and boring, so I’m really glad that tomorrow is Friday!

Nothing really exciting has happened except the past couple of days, a group of us have been working hard on our music magazine (Musetta Stone). And I’m glad to say that our 3rd issue is up! Click on the picture to check it out:

As you can see in the picture, our spotlight interview is on the super talented Kennedy sisters – always having fun up on stage, perfect harmonies, and amazing musicians! If you want to listen to some of their stuff, check out their Facebook page here. But besides the spotlight in the magazine, there are also concert reviews, articles, cd reviews, concert listings, and more!

It’s hard to believe that it’s almost been a year. So check it out, leave comments, and we’re stoked to start another year of the Musetta Stone.

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