Who: Carmanah, Side Hustle, Emilie Mover
When: March 14, 2018
Where: The Rivoli, Toronto, ON
Carmanah have built a large and enthused fanbase, selling out bigger venues and opening stages for international acts like Ziggy Marley, Clinton Fearon, K.D. Lang, Moby and Shakey Graves. Off the island, on their travels, both near and far, and consistent with their values, the band lessens their ecological footprint by fuelling their tour vehicle with used vegetable oil procured from restaurants along the way. Never one to shy away from speaking her mind, Laura Mina Mitic will always be the last one to tell you about herself. Instead, you’ll hear about music, bandmates, politics, touring and a deep reverence for humanity and the earth. You’ll hear the same on Carmanah’s first national release ‘Speak In Rhythms’, a modern eleven-song album that overflows with emotion, after-hours cool, groove and tantalizing hints of gritty vintage flavours that influence its modern sound.
Pushing an upbeat, melody-driven brand of indie rock with a bare bones harmony centric delivery, Side Hustle was formed in Toronto in 2016. Fronted by songwriting duo Pete Casey and Chloë Doucet and backed up by rhythm section Charlie Graham and Dylan Bridger, Side Hustle began after Chloë caught Pete’s residency at Voodoo Child café and the pair immediately bonded over a love of 60s pop songcraft.
Emilie Mover adds Cole Porter-inspired smoky jazz sophistication to her gently strummed coffeehouse tunes, calling to mind early Norah Jones. Her voice may conjure sultry romance, but Mover’s compositions are just not behaved enough or quiet enough to be boxed into simple comparisons. Consider the subtle country tones and experimental flourishes from organs, guitars and backing vocals on “Lord Only Knows” and “Mountainside.”
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I shoot live music performances and concerts. I love the excitement of entering a venue, knowing that I’ll be photographing a concert and enjoying the energy of the crowd. There’s nothing like being in a venue and looking at the expressions on the faces of people who are all transfixed by the talent onstage. I shoot about 120 shows each year, averaging 2 bands per show, as well as several all-day and weekend festivals in and around Southern Ontario. From the large venues to very small ones, bright lights or barely lit stages, I hope that my photos capture the enjoyment the artists have in doing what they love to do.