As a music fan and a live music photographer I go to a lot of concerts. I grew up going to basement shows and seeing bands play gymnasiums, curling clubs, and Knights of Columbus halls, so I've always had an appreciation for small venues and bars. These medium to small venues make for a more intimate evening, and often bring out the best in musicians who are comfortable playing without the glitz associated with stadium shows.
In the grand scheme of things, 2014 was a terrible fucking year. The news was dominated by death and destruction, poverty and racism, colonial repression, decease, environmental catastrophe, and misogyny. Reviewing the year in news clips is enough to induce a permanent aversion to the exterior world, as impractical and priviledge as that may be.
But. BUT. Music has always served as both a reprive from and a commentary on reality, and the music that surrounded my life in 2014 was no exception.
Inspired by my annual list of books read, I've compiled a list of my favourite concerts of the last 12 months.
Propagandhi - The Windsor Hotel - Jan 1st
Metz - Union Sound Hall - Jan 23rd
B.A. Johnston - The Windsor Hotel - Jan 25th
Against Me! - The West End Cultural Centre - April 3rd
Killer Mike - Union Sound Hall - June 20th
Russian Circles - The Pyramid - September 19th
Fucked Up - The West End Cultural Centre - September 23rd
Fred Eaglesmith - The Park Theatre - October 2nd
The Smalls - The West End Cultural Centre - October 24th
Greg McPherson - The Good Will Social Club - November 9th
The Flatliners - The Park Theatre - November 27th
A Tribe Called Red - Union Sound Hall - December 11th