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Music Blogging and Sticky Magazine

28-Mar-2010 10:00 pm Contributed by: pete Concert Photos

When I started Sticky Magazine, I knew that it would take up a lot of my time, but my plan was to continue to update this blog regulary with a combination of music and photography entries. That is still my plan — I am hoping to produce articles about concert photography, provide some insight into the portraits I shoot for the 52TO project, share some of my other photography, and even include music content here that I don't publish on Sticky Magazine. read more (163 words)

On Set of The Bridge with Aaron Douglas

08-Mar-2010 09:00 am Contributed by: pete Press Photos
The Bridge - Aaron Douglas
The Bridge - Aaron Douglas
August 13, 2009
Full Photo Set (7 photos)

The Bridge is a new series coming to CTV that looks at the inner working of the police force. Inspired by the insights of former Toronto police union head Craig Bromell, the new CTV series stars Aaron Douglas (of Battlestar Galactica). The series debuted Friday, March 5 at 9:00pm on CTV with a special two-hour premiere, before moving to its regular slot on Friday at 10:00pm starting March 12. read more (105 words)

Gentlemen Husbands at Horseshoe Tavern, Toronto

05-Mar-2010 07:30 pm Contributed by: pete Concert Photos
Gentlemen Husbands
Gentlemen Husbands
Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto, Ontario on February 17, 2010
Full Photo Set (9 photos)

There's often a discrepancy between expectations and reality. In some cases, the discrepancy can cause disappointment and in others it can result in satisfaction. At Gentlemen Husbands, I got most what I expected, and a little that I didn't. read more (25 words)

Gentleman Reg, The Balconies @ The Drake Undergournd

22-Feb-2010 12:00 am Contributed by: pete Concert Photos
Gentleman Reg
The Balconies, Gentleman Reg
By Divine Right
The Drake Underground in Toronto, Ontario on Feburary 10, 2009
Full Photo Set (19 photos)

My first official Sticky Magazine gig was actually for Woodhands on January 28th. I photographed the show and Jo Vos wrote up the review. After publishing that article, I didn't get out again until February 10th to see The Balconies, By Divine Right, and Gentleman Reg. read more (67 words)

Sticky Magazine

16-Feb-2010 09:00 pm Contributed by: pete Music News

I've been absent. My last post on here was over three weeks ago now. There's a reason for that, and that reason is that I've been working hard on a new project. I've actually been working on it for many months, but for the past month it has consumed all of my available time. The project is a new online music magazine called Sticky Magazine. It's organized differently than a blog, and has more contributors than just me. read more (175 words)

Down With Webster Pack The Sound Academy (Photos)

24-Jan-2010 04:00 pm Contributed by: pete Concert Photos
Down With Webster
Down With Webster
Inward Eye, We Are The Take
Sound Academy in Toronto, Ontario on January 15, 2009
Full Photo Set (28 photos)

I was a little surprised to see that two amazing indie rock bands, We Are The Take and Inward Eye, were going to be opening for Down With Webster. In some ways it makes sense, since Down With Webster incorporates some serious rock into their visually hip-hop based show, but I just wasn't sure that the two opening bands would appeal to the Down With Webster audience as well as they appeal to me. But looking around, it was clear I wasn't the only one in the audience that was a fan of all three bands. read more (398 words)

The Balconies at Supermarket, Toronto (Photos)

12-Jan-2010 12:15 am Contributed by: pete Concert Photos
The Balconies
The Balconies
Supermarket in Toronto, Ontario on January 11, 2010
Full Photo Set (15 photos)

I should let you know that I'm relatively indifferent toward The Balconies' self-titled album. It's not that I don't want to listen to it, but there's something about the sound that makes it only good in small doses. However, it turns out there is something about their live performance that just didn't transfer to the recording. It's a combination of stage energy, the brighter sound of a live performance, and bags of charisma. It helps explain why The Balconies have received quite a lot of blogger love, both back when they were living in Ottawa, and now with their recent relocation to Toronto. read more (168 words)

Seven Great EPs from 2009 (with Free MP3s & Downloads)

07-Jan-2010 11:45 pm Contributed by: pete Music News

Since I only included full-length albums in my Top 10 Albums of 2009 article, I decided to compensate for my unfairness by bringing a attention to these seven great EPs that were added to my collection 2009. I've included downloads where I can, so take advantage and grab the free music that is available. For the others, check out the band's website or MySpace to give a listen. As always, if you like what you hear, be sure to show support by adding the band on MySpace, Facebook, and/or Twitter, and consider purchasing the whole EP to help support the band. read more (132 words)

Top 10 Concerts of 2009

06-Jan-2010 08:15 pm Contributed by: pete Music News

I still have two more lists about 2009 coming up, but now it's time for my top ten favourite shows from last year. I like to write this article early in January after the holiday break away from the shows so that I have time to go back and relive the past year through my blog entries. After looking through my photos from last year, I estimate that I photographed about 160 different bands, which is down about 30 from last year. However, out of those 160, I photographed a handful of them many times over. It was difficult to see a few great shows get pushed off the bottom of my list, but that's just the reality of making a top 10 list. Here they are, the 10 that floated to the top, but thanks to all the bands that I saw perform this year - you are a big contributor to my mental well-being. read more (34 words)

Top 10 Albums of 2009

05-Jan-2010 12:00 am Contributed by: pete Music News

So here it is 2010, the beginning of another year, and time for me to put together a few more lists. For the record, I added 190 albums to my collection in 2009. I guess by including a few 2009 albums in my Top 50 Albums of the Decade articles (50-41, 40-31, 30-21, 20-11, 10-1), I was exposing a few hints toward my Top 10 Albums of 2009. But what you might not know (or remember) is that when I create my Top 10 Albums list, I include albums from the previous year that I didn't learn about until the year in question. Also, keep in mind that I did not include EPs in this list. Anyway, here it is. read more (164 words)