I’m Jenna, and I am the founder and editor of Canadian Beats. I have had a strong love for Canadian music, which started many years ago. I have a passion for promoting these talented Canadian bands and artists, and that’s how Canadian Beats came to be. I am so proud of what it has become over the last few years, with many talented music lovers and writers coming together to spread the word of Canada’s music.
Music / Tour / People / Events Photography.
Hello! I’m Alaina. I live in the very charming city of Montreal. Music is something I’m very passionate about. You’ll probably catch me gushing about some rock album or the other, analyzing a bunch of lyrics or raving about a recent concert. I live for live music and heavy basslines.
Writing is another one of my loves. What better way to capture and immortalize my thoughts? You take music and you take writing, combine the two and……boom – a match made in heaven. Music Journalism. That’s the dream.
My name is Alex Boyd, and I am a live music and event photographer from Halifax, Nova Scotia. As a photographer I’ve built and improved my skills and have been shooting freelance work for bands and other clients for three years. My dream is to work with touring bands and record labels to have my images published in magazines, online, and in album artwork.
You can find my work on my instagram @boyda.concerts
I’m a Toronto girl born and raised but have been living in Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick since 2010. Music and writing are my two passions, so what better place for me to be than a writer with Canadian Beats? I have been writing for the blog since May of 2013 and have had so many great experiences because of it. I listen to almost every kind of music but my favourites are pop rock, rock, indie, folk, and any other combinations of them. Concerts are definitely my favourite place to be, especially when you’re right against the barricade and can feel the energy from the band and the crowd, everyone singing the same lyrics and moving to the music. I also have a college degree in Business Administration and hope to one day be able to publish a novel.
April Yablonovitch is a Montreal-native music junkee and recent Marketing graduate from McGill University. She currently works in digital music marketing at Wavo.me. When she isn’t shooting of reviewing shows, she’s traveling the world or scoping out new artists on Spotify. For more information check her out on Instagram or Website.
Taker of pictures, writer of words, worker of magicks! Based in Toronto!
Hey I’m Brooke! I’m from Newmarket, Ontario. My two great loves in life are photography and music, so this is the perfect place for me to put them together. Concerts are where I feel most at home and alive! I have my BFA in Photography from OCAD and I’m currently studying Event Marketing at Seneca.
Hey! I’m Carson and I like music and animals. Not only do I have a wide variety of music I enjoy but I also have a wide variety of animals. My style can go from your Top 40 songs right into songs that literally no one has ever heard of in a heartbeat and I’m okay with that. You can find me on the Internet enjoying memes and playing way too many video games for a ‘grown-up’.
I’m Connor and I Love live music!! Living in Vancouver provides such a great opportunity to experience a wide range of concerts, events and festivals. Music and photography have always been a big part of my life and combining the two has been an amazing experience! The energy and magic of a live show is what I aim to capture and share for all to enjoy.
Live music photography allows me to combine two great passions. As a life long music fan and off and on photographer this a great match. From shooting small dark shows that leave me cursing the lack of light but energize me with their intensity, to large venues where larger than life productions entertain and amaze I am a fan of them all. I love living in the small town of Elora and continue to be amazed at the great calibre of musicians that come through this part of Ontario. Hoping to share some of this musical talent through my photography.
Born and raised in Montréal and always captivated by photography, it’s not until 2014 during a basic photography class in the Canadian Armed Forces that I would finally learn how to properly use a camera. Since then, I made my name mostly shooting events, festivals, concerts and nightlife in Canada and abroad.
Music has touched my soul since day one. Whether it is performing or sitting down with some of the biggest names in music, I can always be found sharing my profoundly tender affection of music with anyone who will listen. Being a music journalist has allowed me to expand my knowledge of music and interact with some of my biggest childhood heroes. From days of radio broadcasting to sitting back, kicking off my cowboy boots and sharing my adventures with likeminded music fans online has been nothing short of amazing. Canada is full of true musical talent and I look forward to continuing to share my adventures in music with you.
Wandering EMm Photography origins came from a wanderer who saw the world in vibrant colour, unique compositions, and an understanding of the dance between light and dark. With her ’Beastie’ as she affectionately calls her camera, EMm can be found at most events, festival, and of course, is a regular at a concert. EMm has a strong passion for music. Using her camera, EMm can capture that moment in time where melody meets lyric, and exists as memory. Musicians have a tiny window to imprint you with their gift of song, given as thoughts, emotions, and experiences. EMm would like to seize that opportunity, and photograph that moment when it all connects. ‘How far will you wander… creatively?’
Born and raised with thoughts and aspirations of becoming a famous bassist in Sarnia, ON; Emily Plunkett now lives in Gatineau, QC, and considers National Capital Region home sweet home. A product of the Beatles, MuchMusic and the Southwestern Ontario summer festival circuit (circa 2000), her interest and love in concert photography came almost completely by accident when her journalism program at Algonquin College required courses in photojournalism (and she quickly realized that photos taken at concerts using a DSLR are enormously better than ones she was taking on a point-and-shoot she bought for a trip to England). She is extremely proud of the fact she has seen Sloan in some form or another 25 times.
My Name is Eric Inasi and I am a freelance photographer based out of Vancouver, British Columbia. I have turned my passion for photography into a career as I’ve travelled across the world documenting it. I enjoy photography for what it is and having the opportunity to create and capture unique moments of musicians, bands and artists at the top of their level is something I’ve always dreamed of.
Hello! Is it me you’re looking for?…well, great! I’m Gabby! A Toronto based photographer and a lover of all things music! I listen to a vast amount of different genres of music ranging from metal to R&B. When I’m not hustling around in different crowds I work full time for a wedding photography studio in the west end, and in my down time I like to nerd out with video games, a good documentary on Netflix, or stepping into my favourite record shop. My passion for music and photography are unlike any other! I’m always look forward to the next opportunity to shoot a lifelong favourite band or checking out a new artist, whichever it may be, I’ll see you in the pit!
I’m Gerrod, a Toronto based writer and musician. As soon as I started drumming, music became one of my greatest passions. Since then, I have also picked up the guitar, bass, and a hint of the piano. I am currently studying music and education at York University, and drum in a local hard rock band, One In The Chamber. This puts me right in the heart of Toronto’s growing music scene.
Hey, I’m Hannah! I’ve loved music since before I can remember, and I’m so excited to be combining it with my love for photography. My heart belongs to the alternative and indie genres, but I enjoy pretty much any kind of live music. You can check out more of my work at hannahmaynes.ca, or on Instagram @hmaynesphoto
Born and raised in oft-forgotten New Brunswick I’ve spent the last five years travelling to shows and festivals across the country. In 2018 I moved to Toronto, sealing the deal with my long distance love— live music.
Photographer based in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Graduate of Proessional Photography at Nova Scotia Community College. Bands, faces, and places. There’s nothing more fun to me than taking pictures of the amazing musical acts that we have here on the east coast!
I’m an aspiring entertainment journalist from Fredericton, New Brunswick, and a recent graduate from St. Thomas University with majors in Journalism and Psychology.
Currently a retail worker but always dipping my feet, someway, in the world music journalism. I have a volunteer spot on a local blues radio station and have been a part of Canadian Beats for years. It’s where my passion for storytelling and my love of music come together and I can’t wait to see what’s in store.
Hi, I’m Karine, I am from Montreal, now living in the Toronto area. I am an event photographer, I shoot mainly the EDM scene. I have so much fun covering the Toronto night life scene. I am a huge fan of rock and EDM music. My favourite genre of EDM is bass and techno. I spend most of my free time talking about or attending music festivals; I love capturing those candid festival moments.
Hello everyone! My name is Linda and I have been a fan of Canadian Music for as long as I can remember. That counts for way too many decades than I want to admit to! I have three primary passions in my life, music, photography and writing. When I can combine them all, I feel I am right where I should be. Though I can appreciate all genres of music, my particular favourite is Country. Canadian Country is moving in leaps and bounds. I love how it is progressing and I’m thankful that I can be a small part of it.
Hi there! My name is Marie, I am French born and raised, now living in Montreal. I work in Marketing by day, and I’m an avid concert-goer by night. I have always had a passion for photography, and realized that this mixes quite well with my love for live music (the absolute best way to experience music, if you ask me).
You can check out some of my work on my website or on Instagram!
Megan is an indie-pop singer/songwriter from Barrie, Ontario. She is self-taught on piano, ukulele, and guitar. With a flair for storytelling, her unique sound has been compared to Amy Winehouse, Hayley Williams, and Halsey. Other than music, she has always had a strong passion for reading and writing and is excited to be contributing to Canadian Beats.
Hey! My name is Melissa. I’m a Special Education Teacher from Newfoundland. Music has always played an important role in my life. Growing up I would spend countless hours listening to the Top 40 Countdown on the radio to record a song I liked to cassette. Then it was the hassle of carrying around a Discman and many CDs because you definitely wanted a variety. Gotta love the nineties! However, it wasn’t until volunteering for the ECMAs in 2004 that I realized that there was a whole other world of music that I was missing out on and I haven’t looked back.
Hi, my name is Michael from Toronto, ON. I am happiest when I am surrounded by music. When I am not on stage playing with my band, I like to capture other musicians as a skilled photographer.
I grew up in Alberta, but spent most of my life in British Columbia – I also spent a lot of my summers in Britain as I was lucky enough to have immigrant parents with the capital to go visit our relatives. The amount of time I spent overseas makes it hard for me to say I feel fully Canadian, but it does make me feel typically Canadian as so many of us have mixed parentage. My parents defined another divide in me as I feel inexorably pulled to both science and the art; my father being a doctor and my mother being a school teacher. I studied both in university and now work on making healthcare software during the day, then write/read/draw/paint/dance in my evenings. My global wanderings, my education, and the fact that my appetite for media could be described as ‘voracious’ means my frame of reference is pretty varied. It’s hard to say that I have a favourite music genre, rather I am always seeking sounds that convey a sense earnestness an honesty.
My name is Mike and I live in Southern Alberta but travel around to photograph concerts I get lucky to attend. After having my first photo published 10 years ago, I had found the excitement of concert photography and continued to pursue the passion. I have worked with many influential artists in the music industry including ones I has idolized growing up. There is no better feeling then the energy of a crowd whether it be in front of thousands of fans or a small intimate show and being able to capture that energy to share on to fans who were unable to attend. When I am not enjoying a concert, I am usually relaxing at home with a glass of whiskey and enjoying some great company.
Hi all. I’m Nanci Dagg. I am from Winnipeg, Manitoba, and have lived my entire life here. There is nothing I like better than supporting local artists followed by supporting Canadian artists. Although I was a classic rock gal, my go to genre is country. Something about this music that just makes me feel great. I can be found at most country music concerts and shows (from someone’s house to really large venues) taking lots of pictures. Music and photography are two of my passions. Add to this mix, writing about artists, well let’s say, life doesn’t get better than this.
I’m Nicole, a biology teacher by day, but my life revolves around music. I’m that girl that you will always find with the concert t-shirt on and ear buds in. It is rare that you find me without some type of music playing in the background. I connect all of my life experiences to music. It truly has its own language in my heart. There is nothing more exciting than taking in all that a concert has to offer. I love to support local Canadian acts and attend as many shows that I can.
My Name is Norma. I am an Office Administrator/Resource Coordinator/Mother by day and Photographer/Freelance web designer/Social Media Assistant/Coach in my spare time. Born and raised in Small Town Nova Scotia, music has become the foundation in my life that never changes or goes away. I combine both my passion for music and photography capturing the live moments for all to see.
Pamela has spent the last 13+ years working in radio including classic rock, adult contemporary, top 40, country & nostalgia.
While honing the craft of radio, Pamela has spent the past eight years building her own publicity business, Pamela Roz PR, helping Manitoba-based artists/bands, theatre companies, brands, events & organizations gain the coverage they require for their product.
Pamela also continues to build her skills in social media, voiceover, journalism, interviewing, event planning, event hosting and radio tracking.
I’m Phil and 27 years old. I’ve been involved with music as long as I can remember. I’ve worked as a backstage hand, stage crew, street-teamer with Union Events and various labels, been in and out of bands and started my own magazine; Attainable Magazine. In which I focus on band interviews and had the opportunity to sit down with names such as William Control, Real Mackenzies and I Prevail. As well photograph others such as August Burns Red, Silverstein, and Protest the Hero. Though I tend to gravitate towards the heavier styles; punk, metal, hardcore, and so forth. I do end up at any other show I can get too. I originally had gone to university to pursue broadcasting with a minor in photo-journalism but after a year left to continue to purse music on my own terms. If I’m not at a show, I’m either at a record store adding to my ever growing collection. In my free time I also model and practice body-suspension. You can always feel free to contact me on my other social medias.
Rebecca here- a Niagara native now living and breathing music in Toronto. As a Ryerson journalism graduate and a self-proclaimed music junkie, I’ve been fortunate enough to write for brands like Andpop and Really Records, and now Canadian Beats. My tastes in music are all over the map- Stevie Wonder to Fall Out Boy; Miranda Lambert to One Direction – which is why I spend almost as much money on concerts as I do on rent. But I have no regrets. If you like my ramblings you can also find me on Twitter (RMattina5) & Instagram (rmattina93).
Shane is a co-founder of the BS Live Rocks Entertainment Group, BS Live Rocks Records, Co-host of the Television show BS LIVE ROCKS on YourTVOntario, a drummer, podcaster and music journalist.
Shane is a host and Interviewer at Canadian Music Week in Toronto as well as the host of the Niagara Music Awards.
I’m Shayla, and I was born in Saskatoon but moved to Halifax in 2013 for University, and since decided to stay here for a while. I recently received a Bachelor of Design, after studying photography for a year or two as well. I love everything about music and how it has the ability to bring so many people together from across the country and even the world. My passion for music is one of the reasons I moved East to pursue a photography and design career, as I would love to do graphic design and photography within the Canadian music industry.
I’m Tara and I’m a graphic designer from Newfoundland. I am very fortunate to live in a city where there is a ton of amazing musicians. I’ve grown very fond of the local music scene in St. John’s and some of my favorite bands are ones I’ve met through going to local shows.
Hello! I’m Taryn and I am a writer and music enthusiast from Mississauga, Ontario. I am a graduate of Journalism/Media studies from the University of Guelph-Humber, and while I’m currently pursuing other career options, writing is still one of my greatest passions. And combining that passion with my deep love of music was an obviously easy choice. I’ve been writing with Canadian Beats for just over a year now and I’ve loved every moment. When I’m not working or writing for CB, you can usually find me in the kitchen baking, writing, at a concert or travelling to new (and old) places with my favourite people!
I am a west coast girl all the way; born and raised in Vancouver, BC. My first memory of a song was from The Beatles and I have LOVED music ever since! I am proud of our Canadian talent and and huge fan of music from all genres. It is a passion of mine to be able to put both music and photography together and capture dramatic images of live concert photography. Having several years in office administration and more than a decade as an executive assistant for a local aviation company, I decided to follow my passion for photography and in 2016 took it to a new level and immersed myself in concert/live event photography along with portraiture and scenics. I have always encouraged my now 2 grown daughters to find something they love and make it their career; I decided to take my own advice and now I am experiencing my own journey as a music photographer.
Tony is a freelance professional and creative writer born in Fort McMurray, Alberta and currently living in Victoria, BC. Their interests range among all things nerdy, fantastic, kinky, and queer. When not writing, their hobbies include: theatre, video games, hula hooping, and fencing.
Hey there! I’m Zach I love long walks on the beach and movies that make you cry. Wait a minute this isn’t my E-Harmony account. Let’s try this again, hi I’m Zach from Dawson Creek, BC. Before you think it, no it’s not like the TV show! I have loved music ever since I was a kid back in Abbotsford, BC where I was born. Moved up north when I was about six and was practically raised up here. Hands down one of my favorite Canadian band has to be Simple Plan, with Dallas Smith coming in second. One of my Favorite Things I enjoy doing is just sitting around listening to music or taking pictures. I’d say I’m a pretty good photographer but you can be the judge of that. Just even ask a couple of my friends City light vigil, Scarlet serenity or Violet night. If you’re still reading this congratulations you’ve reached the end.
Zoe Orion is a musician and journalist who has written for A Journal of Musical Things, 102.1 The Edge, Melodic Magazine, Vives Les Voix, and Canadian Beats. She has a passion for live music, playing all sorts of instruments, songwriting, and is endlessly curious to learn about people’s unique stories.
Diego del Rio is a music-oriented cinematographer making music videos and event coverage in the Toronto Area.
With a number of Director and Director of Photography credits in over 20 music videos and independent short films, Diego’s approach to visuals is creative and collaborative.
His passion for cinematography and music have led him to shoot a number of music videos, from up and coming independent bands like Mississauga’s “One In The Chamber” to popular latin american figures like Saak and Jorge Blanco’s “Una Noche”.
He looks forward to expanding his knowledge further by working with other artists.
Originally from Venezuela, I developed a natural love for music, vibrant colors, food and travel. I have a passion for high energy and fast pace environments, its where I feel most at home and the reason I wake up in the mornings.
Sharing these reasons is why I do photography because there is no better way to communicate experiences, feelings or places
Irish born but Living in Toronto. 2x Open Heart Surgery Survivor. Travelling the world just shootin’ the shit & creating memories!
21 year old photographer currently based in Mississauga, ON.
Tyler was born in London, Ontario and is currently in his fourth year of Western’s BFA Studio Art program. Tyler first started music photography when he brought his camera to a house show for a school project. What he enjoyed most about it was the overlap between music and visual arts, and it led him to pursue concert photography even further. Along with photographing live music, he loves to perform it as well. He is a singer-songwriter who has had the pleasure of opening for midwest emo acts like Joan of Arc.
Hi, my name is Max. I’m a journalism student currently on placement here at Canadian Beats. I grew up in the GTA, but I’ve been around Ontario a little bit for school in the past few years. I think in a lot of ways the landscape of Canadian music is partially shaped by the journalists who choose to dedicate their time to giving it exposure. By promoting and contributing to a healthy media environment for Canadian artists, journalists contribute in their own way to keeping a strong Canadian music identity alive. I’m excited to hopefully be a small part of that contribution over the next few weeks.