2017 Year In Review

Jan 4, 2018 - Hey everyone, my apologies on the month and a bit of a hiatus.  I hope everyone has had an amazing holiday season and a wonderful introduction to 2018.  

2017 was pretty wild; business-wise and personally a roller-coaster.  High points include becoming part of the Blueprint photographer roster, getting 92 shows under my belt (eight more than last year!) and doing my first few interviews for the Permanent Rain Press (Marcus Bridge of Northlane and Alissa White-Gluz of Arch Enemy).  Shittier points include having $2500 worth of gear stolen, some emotional hardships and not being able to photograph the bae, Lorde, at Bumbershoot.

Alas, much like every year, we wish ourselves only for a better year but in actuality - it's more or less going to be the same as every other year.  Some highs, some lows.  Such is the way of life.  However; I do think goal-setting is important and I hope to make some more relationships in the music industry this year (ayyyyy festivals!), delve into photographic education, work on my post-production/conceptual work and do some more travelling (Taiwan, Tokyo, Iceland, SE Asia, I'm looking at you).  I would love to hear what you readers are hoping to aspire for in 2018.  Leave a comment down below.

But this wouldn't be a complete blog post without some photos, so I'll throw some of my favourite captures from this year below:

 Antoinette Libelt - Local Musician

Antoinette Libelt - Local Musician

 Little Miss Christie

Little Miss Christie

 Juli

Juli

 Kat Tiare

Kat Tiare

 First bodyscape!

First bodyscape!

 Festival Fashion - Flavio Periera & Brittany Oake

Festival Fashion - Flavio Periera & Brittany Oake

 Davey Havok - AFI

Davey Havok - AFI

 Mother Mother

Mother Mother

 Banks

Banks

 Tom Petty, Rest in Peace you legend.

Tom Petty, Rest in Peace you legend.

 Alissa White-Gluz - Arch Enemy

Alissa White-Gluz - Arch Enemy

 Good Charlotte - With a quick feature in Alternative Press!

Good Charlotte - With a quick feature in Alternative Press!

 Obey the Brave

Obey the Brave

 Stick To Your Guns at Vans Warped Tour.  Still my favourite band live, to this date - so stoked for the upcoming Architects & Counterparts tour!

Stick To Your Guns at Vans Warped Tour.  Still my favourite band live, to this date - so stoked for the upcoming Architects & Counterparts tour!

 Being As An Ocean, definitely top tier live.  11/10 would recommend.

Being As An Ocean, definitely top tier live.  11/10 would recommend.

 Our Last Night

Our Last Night

 Flume @ Bumbershoot

Flume @ Bumbershoot

 Controversial to all the local crew around here for the video screen, but Vince Staples was probably one of the most surprising artists for me to get into this year.  His style of rap is definitely refreshing for the scene.  Here he is at Bumbershoot.

Controversial to all the local crew around here for the video screen, but Vince Staples was probably one of the most surprising artists for me to get into this year.  His style of rap is definitely refreshing for the scene.  Here he is at Bumbershoot.

 Lil Boat!

Lil Boat!

 July Talk definitely surprised me being one of my hidden gems for the year.  Such a cool dynamic between the two lyricists and one of my few b/w sets due to a request by them to keep in line with their aesthetic.  Also...my first show (either shooting or attending) at the Malkin Bowl which was pretty lit!

July Talk definitely surprised me being one of my hidden gems for the year.  Such a cool dynamic between the two lyricists and one of my few b/w sets due to a request by them to keep in line with their aesthetic.  Also...my first show (either shooting or attending) at the Malkin Bowl which was pretty lit!

 Not necessarily the sharpest image but the Menzingers definitely stole a spot in my heart with their latest release,  After the Party , which I'd recommend for anyone across all genres.  It's fairly easy-listening in terms of punk rock but the lyrics resonate so clearly with the human experience.

Not necessarily the sharpest image but the Menzingers definitely stole a spot in my heart with their latest release, After the Party, which I'd recommend for anyone across all genres.  It's fairly easy-listening in terms of punk rock but the lyrics resonate so clearly with the human experience.

 The homie, Hoodie Allen.

The homie, Hoodie Allen.

 Periphery was pretty fucking nasty live.  Although not my usual style image, I thought this particular moment of levitation was sweet, so here it is on the list.

Periphery was pretty fucking nasty live.  Although not my usual style image, I thought this particular moment of levitation was sweet, so here it is on the list.

 First time playing with prisms (shout out to Lucas Holt and Brandon Klemets) which made some cool effects (I think) during Animals As Leaders.

First time playing with prisms (shout out to Lucas Holt and Brandon Klemets) which made some cool effects (I think) during Animals As Leaders.

 Despite missing them at Bumbershoot, I got the chance to shoot Odesza again as an official member of the Blueprint photographer roster and got one of my favourite images I think ever.  So that's pretty fucking sweet.

Despite missing them at Bumbershoot, I got the chance to shoot Odesza again as an official member of the Blueprint photographer roster and got one of my favourite images I think ever.  So that's pretty fucking sweet.

 Fuck the alt-right.  Anti-Flag was one of my favourite bands growing up (thanks Dakota!) which ultimately helped throw me into the punk scene.  Always entertaining live.

Fuck the alt-right.  Anti-Flag was one of my favourite bands growing up (thanks Dakota!) which ultimately helped throw me into the punk scene.  Always entertaining live.

 OneRepublic.  Sure it's soundboard but I still think this turned out okie!

OneRepublic.  Sure it's soundboard but I still think this turned out okie!

 Mother.  Fucking.  Starboy.  'Nuff said.

Mother.  Fucking.  Starboy.  'Nuff said.

 I think San Francisco is definitely my home away from home.  Sure I haven't explored much of the globe (hoping to change that) but there's something about the Bay Area that feels like a better version of Vancouver.  Where's your home away from home?

I think San Francisco is definitely my home away from home.  Sure I haven't explored much of the globe (hoping to change that) but there's something about the Bay Area that feels like a better version of Vancouver.  Where's your home away from home?

 Haven't shot much street, hoping to change that with SE Asia and potentially Tokyo this year.  Do you guys prefer it in B/W or in colour?

Haven't shot much street, hoping to change that with SE Asia and potentially Tokyo this year.  Do you guys prefer it in B/W or in colour?

 I won't post too much Hawaii here and will save it for the upcoming blog post (sorry, I've been hella busy and lazy from all the food and family time, I hope you can forgive me.)  Despite hating the sun and not being able to swim, I had a really splendid time exploring the island and meeting the homies IRL (Shout out to you guys, Pat, Erin, Dan, Shannon, Moku and Chesca!)

I won't post too much Hawaii here and will save it for the upcoming blog post (sorry, I've been hella busy and lazy from all the food and family time, I hope you can forgive me.)  Despite hating the sun and not being able to swim, I had a really splendid time exploring the island and meeting the homies IRL (Shout out to you guys, Pat, Erin, Dan, Shannon, Moku and Chesca!)


Final show list is below.  Apologies for any missed blog posts for anything below - obviously felt they weren't of high enough quality to post.

  1. Tim Hicks & Chad Brownlee
  2. The Fighter & The Kid
  3. Steel Panther
  4. AFI
  5. Us The Duo
  6. Alcest
  7. Reel Big Fish x Anti-Flag
  8. USS
  9. Ghostface Killah
  10. The Cadillac Three
  11. Hawking
  12. Trentemoller
  13. RHCP
  14. Chief State EP Release
  15. Mother Mother
  16. Roxy Breakthrough Country Music Proj.
  17. Kreator
  18. Snowbombing Day 1
  19. Snowbombing Day 2
  20. Snowbombing Day 3
  21. Snowbombing Day 4
  22. Good Charlotte
  23. Mayday Parade
  24. Cartoon Lizard
  25. Banks
  26. Jazz Cartier
  27. John Mayer
  28. Daniel Wesley
  29. The 1975
  30. Flogging Molly
  31. Stars on Ice
  32. Bonobo
  33. Future
  34. Mental Health LP Release
  35. Hellyeah
  36. Obey the Brave
  37. Tool
  38. Vans Warped Tour (28 bands)
  39. Needles // Pins
  40. Kid Ink
  41. Sabrina Carpenter
  42. Khatsahlano!
  43. The Offspring
  44. Jack Johnson
  45. Chase Rice
  46. Northlane
  47. Royal Blood
  48. Rancid x Dropkick Murphys
  49. The Orb
  50. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
  51. Rock Ambleside
  52. OneRepublic
  53. Descendents
  54. Chicago
  55. Tom Cochrane w/ Red Rider
  56. The B-52s
  57. Bumbershoot Day 1
  58. Bumbershoot Day 2
  59. Bumbershoot Day 3
  60. Simple Plan
  61. Reverend Horton Heat
  62. Thundercat
  63. Fleet Foxes
  64. July Talk
  65. A Tribe Called Red
  66. Damian Marley
  67. Miranda Lambert
  68. Feist
  69. The Weeknd
  70. The Menzingers
  71. King Gizzard
  72. P.O.S
  73. Nothing But Thieves
  74. The Boom Booms
  75. Broken Social Scene
  76. Yelawolf
  77. Hoodie Allen
  78. Action Bronson
  79. Suzanne Sundfor
  80. In This Moment
  81. Odesza
  82. Odesza Day 2
  83. LANY
  84. Third Eye Blind
  85. Failing Street
  86. Death from Above
  87. Arch Enemy
  88. Mogwai
  89. Pale Waves
  90. Animals As Leaders & Periphery
  91. Darkest Hour
  92. Contact Day 1