Dan Mangan was in my opinion, the highlight of Folkfest this year. He played a great number of hits which the audience sang along to. In addition, he ended the night with a bang by jumping into the crowd and getting all the fans who had dressed up as robots to come on stage and become part of his performance during his single, “Robots”. I look forward to seeing Dan perform again!
While Yukon Blonde performed at Ottawa’s 2011 Bluesfest, they returned to do something a little different this year, being performing at Ottawa’s 2012 Folk Fest! No matter where they play, they always draw a huge crowd and give a stellar performance (they are even returning once more this year to perform alongside The Sheepdogs as part of a massive Canadian tour in November). One thing is clear – Ottawa loves Yukon Blonde!
Patrick Watson blew the crowd away with an incredible performance at this year’s Ottawa Folk Festival. His set included an incredible light show and the entire set was full of energy and soul. Many were there to see him play that night and it was clear that everyone was excited about this particular performance!
If anyone knows how to get a party started, it’s without a doubt Canada’s very own Great Big Sea! They performed a ton of their more popular songs which was a brilliant way of getting the audience to sing, dance and drink along! There was definitely a lot of foot stomping and hand clapping and this show! What a fun performance!
Matthew Good was one of the headliners on the first night of Folk Fest (along with Ben Harper), and he was definitely a treat to see.
I was thrilled when I heard that I would get the opportunity to photograph one of my favourite bands, Deftones. It was my first time seeing them, they played a KILLER set. They headlined alongside System of a Down on the first night of Heavy MTL 2012, and the crowd sure made it clear that they did not disappoint!
One of the most insane sets of this year’s Heavy MTL had to be given by The Dillinger Escape Plan. They gave an absolutely energetic performance, and even preformed in the pit and right in the crowd! They absolutely killed it, craziest set at Heavy, hands down.
French heavy metal band Gojira put on an insane show on the afternoon of August 12th, the second day of Heavy MTL. They were without a doubt a crowd favourite – it was my first time seeing them, but I will say that they put on a wicked show!
It may have been my 9th or 10th time seeing Protest the Hero, but they kill it every time and this performance was no exception. What a great way to start off the second day of Heavy MTL!
Between The Buried And Me performed on the afternoon of August 11th, and probably put on one of the most insane shows of the festival. The crowd got so into their set that security had to bust out the giant hose to bring the intensity down! High energy and amazing performance, what a great way to start Heavy MTL!
I was absolutely blown away by Periphery’s set. Myself being a huge fan of Protest the Hero and Today I Caught the Plague (both of whom have recently returned from a U.S. tour with Periphery), I knew I had to check these guys out. And I have to say that I am hooked, they have an incredible sound and put on an amazing set, I can guarantee that this won’t be my last time seeing them!
American Death Metal band Cannibal Corpse performed on the evening of the first day of Heavy MTL, August 11th. They perfored to a huge crowd of dedicated fans who were very obviously stoked to see their set. Insane show!
This was by no means my first time seeing Toronto’s own Cancer Bats (this was probably my 4th or 5th time), but as usual, they did not disappoint. Lead by vocalist Liam Cormier, they put on a show full of energy and really got the crowd going! They were the last band I got the opportunity to photograph at Heavy MTL and they will always be one of my favourite bands to shoot.