1st Annual Standard/Jack Purcell Invitational

A few weeks ago, one of the good friends from back home, Jonny Bonney, and my friends at the Standard Tavern invited me to take part in a great little event to help fundraise for a local outdoor rink. This was the first annual Standard Tavern Invitational Hockey Tournament at the Jack Purcell outdoor rink, all to raise funds to keep the rink in great shape and maintain it throughout the season. I thought it was pretty amazing of all these local businesses to come together and donate some money to a great piece of centertown, a district (where I live) in Otawa. Despite it being one of the coldest days of the year, the day went so well and Fresco's Bistro came out on top as the first Champions of the tournament. This will only get bigger and better from here! Here are a few photos I took during the day.

Amos The Transparent

Last week my friends Amos The Transparent released their brand new album Goodnight My Dear... I'm Falling Apart and celebrated by having a cd release show at Ritual with their friends and family in Ottawa. The show was obviously incredible and the venue was packed! There aren't many bands from this fine city that are able to consistently pack a venue, in my opinion, so it just shows how loved they are around here and really how great of a band they are. I managed to make it in time for their set and snapped a few photos for them.

Last friday they were also invited to be the Friday Live guest on CBC Radio's Q with Jian Ghomeshi. They sounded amazing and they even filmed the set for QTV (Q's youtube channel/weekly tv show). Check the video below to see them play their first single from the album.

 

Head Down Boxing Day Bash

I realize the title seems a little late, but allow me to explain.A month ago I made the decision to step down from my job as E-Commerce manage at NRML clothing here in Ottawa. I decided it was time to get back to what i really loved to do, which is taking photos and creating new work for myself and for others to enjoy. Needless to say, I now have a little more free time on my hands, so I'm going through my hard drive and finding photos that I completely ignored or just did not have time to work on over the last year.

Every year at X-Mas time, my good friends in Head Down have a big show on Boxing Day that everyone comes out for. If you're from Timmins and are reading this, chances are you were there or at least wished you were (the line was out the door and a lot of people couldn't get in). I didn't really plan on taking many photos that night, but it was so fun that I had to snap a few.

 

TICTP Tour - Ottawa [Final Date]

I suppose this is my last official tour post for this one! I realize it took my a bit to get them all up online, and I apologize to you all for making you wait. Work is work, and unfortunately I haven't been able to make freelance photography my full time job just yet. I had such a great time on this tour and I cannot wait to hit to road again in the future. Ottawa was the final stop on the tour. I had a day off prior while the boys played Montreal because of work, but couldn't miss the hometown show. TICTP pretty much sells out any show in Ottawa now. They are so loved by the hometown fans, it's really amazing to see! I had a blast because I got to enjoy them one last time but this time with my friends from the city!

They used their own lights for their hometown set, which is always great! The lighting is terrible in Maverick's, so I love when bands bring their own rig. Final photos from the tour, enjoy!

TICTP TOUR - Kingston

After St-Catharine's we had a day off in Toronto, which we spent gallivanting around and eating/drinking a lot - Those photos will come another time. The next day, we made our way to Kingston. The weather in Toronto was amazing, but it quickly changed once we left the GTA and arrived in Kingston. Freezing rain and shitty streets were waiting for us, which made the drive home after the show a little more stressful. Kingston was an interesting stop on the tour. I had never been to Kingston, so I didn't really know what to expect from the Mansion as a venue. It was a very small place, definitely the smallest venue on the tour. It was so small that the venue didn't have enough channels for Devin's mics, so he ended up playing an amazing 2 hour acoustic set for his fans. TICTP however did have the chance to play their full set and killed it. Any stage, big or small, these guys still manage to make it work and the crowd loved it!

TICTP TOUR - St-Catharines

St-Catharine's was a very interesting show. The crowd was definitely the most intense one we had seen, but the stage was also the smallest I have ever seen. Mike's drums had to be sideways facing Matt's keyboard and Steve and Eric were basically spooning on stage (they don't usually do that). But none the less, a great time.This show was following the Opera House, where we ended up going out to our friends TTR afterwards for a pretty hilarious night (camera not present), so some of the guys were a little tired. Mike's sex eyes were in full effect however (see below), may have been because HK was sitting beside him, not sure.

St-Catharine's is a weird place. This show was on a sunday night, and I know in most small towns stores usually close at around 5 or 6, but in St-Catharine's, EVERYTHING is closed by like 4. It was weird, basically turns into a ghost town after 4pm on sundays.

Kingston photos are coming as are the photos from the homecoming show, so stay tuned.