50 photos for 50 years of rock and roll at CHOM FM

Never would teenage Pierre imagine that he would be part of the extended family of the radio station he listened to every day (and called in to contests way too often). CHOM 97.7 is celebrating 50 years today. 50 years of rock and roll in Montreal. Randy Bachman was the first even artist I covered… Continue reading 50 photos for 50 years of rock and roll at CHOM FM

Dead Obies | MTelus | Montreal Event Photographer

So in the last little while, Quebec rap artists have been emerging in popularity. Back when I was one of the official photographers for the Club Soda, I used to cover quite a bit. And while I have kept track of some of the artists, I had no idea how big it has become. Rap… Continue reading Dead Obies | MTelus | Montreal Event Photographer

Walk Off The Earth | MTelus | Montreal Event Photographer

Canadian pop band Walk Off The Earth brought their high energy live show to a sold out MTelus last night, to the delight of a crowd that ranged from 3 years old all the way up to over 60. It has been only a couple of months since the passing of Mike “Beard Guy” Taylor,… Continue reading Walk Off The Earth | MTelus | Montreal Event Photographer

Social Distortion | MTelus | Montreal Concert Photographer

Punk rock legends Social Distortion took the stage at Montreal’s MTelus last night. There is something somewhat magical about seeing front man Mike Ness take the stage and play some classic punk tunes from the past 40 years. A staple of any fan of punk music, fans got a plenty of hits with songs like… Continue reading Social Distortion | MTelus | Montreal Concert Photographer

Concert photography with a Fuji X-T2 | Montreal Photographer

I’ve been looking at a camera solution for everyday use.  I had a Fuji X100S a few years ago (sold it to buy a lens I needed for a recurring contract) and I loved how portable and simple the camera was.  I miss shooting with that camera and how it fit into any bag… which… Continue reading Concert photography with a Fuji X-T2 | Montreal Photographer

Theory of a Deadman | MTelus | Montreal Concert Photographer

Theory of a Dead Man (or sometimes just Theory) were rocking at Montreal’s MTelus last week. The BC alt rock band were in fine form during their set, even though photographers had to deal with some … unique restrictions. For many decades, there has been a standard of 3 songs and then we are out.… Continue reading Theory of a Deadman | MTelus | Montreal Concert Photographer

Camila Cabello | MTelus | Montreal Concert Photographer

It seems that the X-Factor (and similar shows) are great at putting groups together.  One Direction was born back in 2010, and another popular group Fifth Harmony was brought together in 2012.  There are always artists from pop groups who like to go solo, and such started the career of Camila Cabello who, with her… Continue reading Camila Cabello | MTelus | Montreal Concert Photographer

Ascot Royals | MTelus | Montreal Event Photographer

I rarely post up an opening band’s images before the main band. But this is the second time I get to photograph Ascot Royals. First time is when they opened for Big Wreck at the Corona in early 2017. This time, the Toronto rock quintet was opening for Canadian music heavy weights Matthew Good and… Continue reading Ascot Royals | MTelus | Montreal Event Photographer

Killswitch Engage | MTelus | Montreal Concert Photographer

  Creeping up on their 20 year anniversary, metalcorers Killswitch Engage played their first night of their new Killthrax tour (with Anthrax co-headlining) at Montreal’s MTelus.  It had been a while since I’ve had the chance to photograph some metal music.  I almost forgot how fun the artists on stage can be, and how quickly… Continue reading Killswitch Engage | MTelus | Montreal Concert Photographer

The National | MTelus | Montreal Concert Photographer

When you need to be escorted through the crowd to the front by security, you know that the show is pretty sold out. On their first of two nights at Montreal’s MTelus, The National put on an outstanding show! I hadn’t photographed the band in a few years. In fact, last time I caught part… Continue reading The National | MTelus | Montreal Concert Photographer

Eagles of Death Metal | MTelus | Montreal Concert Photographer

Californian rockers Eagles of Death Metal were in town at the MTelus, opening for heavy metal heavyweights Mastodon (Mastodon shots are right —-> here), bringing their catchy pop-esque rock and high energy act to the stage. Smiles, dancing and bobbing and even some drum and bass solos were a perfect way to warm up (can… Continue reading Eagles of Death Metal | MTelus | Montreal Concert Photographer

The Tea Party | Metropolis | Montreal Event Photographer

There are few voices in Canadian rock (or all of rock) as recognizable as that of Jeff Martin from The Tea Party.  Having their popular days back in the mid to late 1990s, the band broke up in 2005 and reformed in 2011, and have been putting out music and touring ever since. The last… Continue reading The Tea Party | Metropolis | Montreal Event Photographer

Arkells | Metropolis | Montreal Concert Photographer

Hot off their nominations for Juno Awards (Group of the year and Rock album of the year), Canada’s Arkells played in front of fans on a cold winter’s night.  It was great to see them back in town after an incredible set during Osheaga 2016. The crowd may not have been the biggest, but they… Continue reading Arkells | Metropolis | Montreal Concert Photographer

Alessia Cara | Metropolis | Montreal Concert Photographer

It is rare I cover an artist twice in a year in a venue (as opposed to in a festival).  But this is the case with Alessia Cara, who I covered in January at the Corona (images from that show HERE).  She was back, but this time, in front of almost double the fans at… Continue reading Alessia Cara | Metropolis | Montreal Concert Photographer

Tegan and Sara | Metropolis | Montreal Music Photography

Songwriters, multi-instrumentalists, Grammy nominated, twin sister… Canadian indie singers Tegan and Sara were at Montreal’s Metropolis on October 29th, a few days before Halloween. I photographed them last time in 2013, again at the Metropolis (you can see that gallery HERE) and while their stage setup is more elaborate, their hair is a bit longer,… Continue reading Tegan and Sara | Metropolis | Montreal Music Photography

Sum 41 | Metropolis | Montreal Concert Photographer

With over 15 years of being a band, and so many hits under their belt, Canadian punk rockers Sum 41 took to the stage in front of a packed Metropolis in Montreal.  The crowd was intense, singing loudly to the songs. crowd surfing and moshing, all before the lights were dimmed and the band even… Continue reading Sum 41 | Metropolis | Montreal Concert Photographer

Young the Giant | Metropolis | Montreal Concert Photographer

Young the Giant always seems to pull in a big crowd when they come to town.  Whether it be like last night at Metropolis, or being a fan favourite at Osheaga, you know the show will be intense and the fans will be many.  Could be many reasons for this… their music is catchy rock.… Continue reading Young the Giant | Metropolis | Montreal Concert Photographer

DFA 1979 | Metropolis | Montreal Concert Photographer

There are so many labels for music in this day and age. I remember when it was rock, hard rock, rap, country and metal. That’s it. Now? So many ways to quantify music. Canadian rockers Death From Above 1979 (known as DFA1979 …cuz you know, acronyms are efficient) were at a very sold out Metropolis… Continue reading DFA 1979 | Metropolis | Montreal Concert Photographer

Tori Kelly | Metropolis | Montreal Concert Photographer

Best new artist Grammy nominee Tori Kelly made her way to Montreal’s Metropolis this week.  She may have started out with her youtube videos and auditioned for American Idol, she already seem to have a great stage presence and knows how to work the crowd to get them screaming and singing. The lights were bright… Continue reading Tori Kelly | Metropolis | Montreal Concert Photographer

Twenty One Pilots | Metropolis | Montreal Concert Photographer

Together only since 2009, Twenty One Pilots seem like veterans on stage.  And the proof was this first of two shows at Montreal Metropolis, where the second night is a sell out and if this was not, it was close to judging by the ultra packed crowd wearing their red tuques and black painted hands.… Continue reading Twenty One Pilots | Metropolis | Montreal Concert Photographer

James Bay | Metropolis | Montreal Concert Photographer

It is with high pitched screams that English singer/songwriter James Bay took the stage at Montreal’s Metropolis.  And when I mean scream, I mean SCREAMS!  Thank you to earplugs!!  Following the tragedies in Paris last week, the venue had some of the strictest security I have seen, but none of it held back the intensity… Continue reading James Bay | Metropolis | Montreal Concert Photographer