Foreigner brought their hits and classic rock sensibilities to Montreal's newest venue, Maddie's Place on August 11th 2012. Torrential rains lit up the skies before the band hit the stage, but despite puddles and mud Foreigner delivered an high-energy show wrapped around years of classic songs. Say what you will, but the true test of any band's worth are songs... timeless songs.
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.
The only heavy rain we got hit with over the 2 day festival was during Killswitch Engage's set... but that didn't stop anyone from having a good time!
Slipknot headlined the second night of this year's Heavy MTL festival. The band delivered a much expected, high-energy show and even though it was my fourth or fifth time seeing them, they never cease to amaze.
Overkill were part of this year's Heavy MTL festival. They played the second night (August 12th 2012) and tore it up! Last time, I saw the band was right after 9/11 at the NYC Steel Show benefitting NY's finest.
If any band knows how to put on a show and start a party, it's without a doubt Down With Webster. They performed one of the most energetic and intense sets of Bluesfest 2012, and the crowd was just as wild. A great time was had by all during their performance that's for sure!
Canadian indie rock band The Wooden Sky performed on the Claridge Stage on the evening of July 8th. They played to a huge crowd, and it was obvious that everyone enjoyed the show!
Monster Truck performed an early evening set on July 7th, opening for Alice Cooper and Iron Maiden. They may have performed outdoors on one of the hottest days of the Summer, but that didn't stop them from playing a killer set! Awesome performance.
Ottawa was lucky to have Canadian band The Sheepdogs perform at Bluesfest for the second year in a row! This time they performed an evening set and headlined on July 12th alongside Sam Roberts. They played to a huge crowd and put on a great show!
Ottawa was honoured to have one of the biggest punk rock bands of our time, Bad Religion, headline the main stage on July 11th. They performed to an audience that was full of fans both old and new, and they definitly put on an incredible show. It was one to remember!
Sam Roberts headlined the Claridge Stage on the night of July 12th. The Canadian rock singer/songwriter blew the audience away and put on a stellar show. They played alongside The Sheepdogs who headlined the River Stage, and so the night quickly became one amazing night for Canadian rock music in Ottawa.
American indie rock band Airborne Toxic Event performed on the evening of July 11th, opening for Bad Religion. They performed a killer set, and were definitly well received by the audience! Ottawa absolutely enjoyed the group's show.
I Mother Earth performed on the night of July 9th, opening for Shinedown and Nickelback. They played an incredible set and were one of my favourites to photograph during this festival, period!
Ottawa 4-piece band Sparrows performed on one of the main stages on the afternoon of July 7th, opening for Monster Truck, Alice Cooper and Iron Maiden.
The Arkells performed at Bluesfest for the second time in 2 years, to yet again an incredible crowd. Ottawa was certainly excited to see them, and welcomed them back with an insane amount of enthousiam. Incredible set!
Conor Oberst was welcomed by a huge crowd at Bluesfest this year. He played on a beautiful, sunny evening to an audience who was definitely not afraid to sing along.
Irish folk singer/songwriter James Vincent McMorrow blew the crowd away on the evening of July 8th. He played an incredible set, and was an absolute pleasure to listen to. James truly showed how important it was for him to offer a enjoyable performance to his listeners. We hope to see James return to Ottawa again soon.
Shinedown performed an intense set on the night of July 9th at Bluesfest, opening for Nickelback. Their performance was full of energy, Shinedown definitely knows how to put on a show!
While Dallas Green headlined the Ottawa Folk Festival last year, this year he graced us by headlining at Bluesfest. He performed to a huge crowd who was absolutely excited to hear him sing a variety of songs from his latest albums (and of course, sing along).
An intense set was played by Sleigh Bells on the third night of Bluesfest. It didn't take long for their beats to get the crowd singing and dancing. Amazing energy, incredible performance.