My favourite concert images of 2016

What a year! It’s that time of year, get ready to be inundated with ‘Best of…’.  This year I thought “lets get this out with more than 3 days left in the year”.  I got to spend some serious time in “the pits” this year. I was fortunate enough to see some of my own favorites from Pearl Jam, Matt Andersen, and Red Hot Chili Peppers, to some of my faves growin’ up like Culture Club, Platinum Blonde, and Vanilla Ice. As well, getting to be a part of special moments from Sebastian Bach playing Barrymore’s, I Mother Earth and Edwin together again, and one of the most special being The Tragically Hip show last show in Ottawa.

Easier said than done going through the last 12 months of shows…here are some of my favourites. It’s harder than one would think. I tried to only include 1 shot from an artist (there’s always an exception to a rule, like Pearl Jam & James Bay). Also some artist aren’t here for various reasons like waivers, releases, band usage etc.

I gotta say it’s been a heck of a year for concerts for me, and 2017 is gonna be incredible in Ottawa. Make sure you get out and see a show or 3.

Art makes everything better in life, and in times like these we need it more then ever.

Eddie Vedder at theCanadian Tire Place in Ottawa on May 8th, 2016.

Eddie Vedder at the Canadian Tire Centre (CTC) in Ottawa on May 8th, 2016.

Mumford and Sons, CTC, Ottawa, On

Mumford and Sons, CTC, Ottawa, ON

 

Raury, CTC , Ottawa, On

Raury, CTC , Ottawa, ON
On stage with Steve Hill and Matt Andersen at the NAC in Ottawa, On

On stage with Steve Hill and Matt Andersen at the NAC in Ottawa, ON

Rob Base, I Love the 90s Tour, TD Place, Ottawa, On

Rob Base, I Love the 90s Tour, TD Place, Ottawa, ON

Color Me Badd, I Love the 90s Tour, TD Place, Ottawa, On

Color Me Badd, I Love the 90s Tour, TD Place, Ottawa, ON

Headliner of the I Love the 90s Tour, Vanilla Ice, TD Place, Ottawa, On

Headliner of the I Love the 90s Tour, Vanilla Ice, TD Place, Ottawa, ON

Hedley, CTC Ottawa, On

Hedley, CTC, Ottawa, ON

 

Kira Isabella and her band playing the Aberdeen Pavillion for Fort McMurray Fundraiser

Kira Isabella and her band playing the Aberdeen Pavilion for the Fort McMurray Fundraiser

Culture Club on stage at TD Place, Ottawa On

Culture Club on stage at TD Place, Ottawa ON

Dallas Green, RBC Bluesfest, Ottawa On

Dallas Green, RBC Bluesfest, Ottawa ON

Amos the Transparent, RBC  Bluesfest, Ottawa, On

Amos the Transparent, RBC Bluesfest, Ottawa, ON

Sam Hunt, RBC Bluesfest, Ottawa, On

Sam Hunt, RBC Bluesfest, Ottawa, ON

James Bay at CityFolk

James Bay at CityFolk, Ottawa, ON

Jason Benoit

Jason Benoit – Boots and Hearts

Flea - of the Red Hot Chili Peppers

Flea – of the Red Hot Chili Peppers

Sam Hunt

Sam Hunt

Duran Duran

Duran Duran

The Red Rails

The Red Rails

Brad Paisley

Brad Paisley

Dean Brody at CityFolk

Dean Brody at CityFolk

I Mother Earth TD Place, Ottawa, On

I Mother Earth
TD Place, Ottawa, ON

The Standstills Ottawa, On, TD Place

The Standstills
Ottawa, ON, TD Place

The Tragically Hip Canadian Tire Centre, Ottawa, On

The Tragically Hip
Canadian Tire Centre, Ottawa, ON

 

Jordan McIntosh at  Boots and Hearts in Oro-Medonte, On

Jordan McIntosh at Boots and Hearts in Oro-Medonte, ON

Platinum Blonde TD Place, Ottawa On

Platinum Blonde
TD Place, Ottawa ON

Jason Blaine  Boots and Hearts in Oro-Medonte, On

Jason Blaine Boots and Hearts in Oro-Medonte, ON

On stage with Alan Doyle at Boots and Hearts in Oro-Medonte, On

On stage with Alan Doyle at Boots and Hearts in Oro-Medonte, ON

Kelly Prescott TD Place, Ottawa, On

Francisco Yates Canadian Tire Centre

Francisco Yates
Canadian Tire Centre

Garth Brooks Canadian Tire Centre

Garth Brooks
Canadian Tire Centre

Kira Isabella The Aberdeen Pavilion

Kira Isabella
The Aberdeen Pavilion

Disturbed TD Place, Ottawa, On

Disturbed
TD Place, Ottawa, ON

Raine Maida of Our Lady Peace.  TD Place, Ottawa, On

Raine Maida of Our Lady Peace. TD Place, Ottawa, ON

 

Culture Club's lead singer Boy George  TD Place , Ottawa, On

Culture Club’s lead singer Boy George
TD Place , Ottawa, ON

 

Fred Penner  at CityFolk

Fred Penner at CityFolk

Ottawa band Old Man Grant at CityFolk

Ottawa band Old Man Grant at CityFolk

Lake Street Dive at CityFolk

Lake Street Dive at CityFolk

Dallas Green RBC Bluesfest

Dallas Green, RBC Bluesfest

School Boy Q, RBC Bluesfest Ottawa, On

School Boy Q, RBC Bluesfest Ottawa, ON

Dube, RBC Bluesfest, Ottawa On

Dube, RBC Bluesfest, Ottawa ON

Future, RBC Bluesfest, Ottawa, On

Future, RBC Bluesfest, Ottawa, ON

 

Anthony Keidis - The Red Hot Chili Peppers RBC Bluesfest

Anthony Keidis – The Red Hot Chili Peppers
RBC Bluesfest

Steve Hill at RBC Bluesfest

Steve Hill at RBC Bluesfest

Rayland Baxter

Rayland Baxter

Peter Bjorn And John at  RBC Bluesfest

Peter Bjorn And John at RBC Bluesfest

 

Kelly Prescot, RBC Bluesfest

Kelly Prescott, RBC Bluesfest

Justin Bieber, CTC Ottawa, On

Justin Bieber, CTC Ottawa, ON

Kweku Collins

Kweku Collins

James Bay

James Bay, CityFolk, Ottawa ON

 

Jason Blaine, Boots and Heats, Oro-Medonte, ON

Jason Blaine, Boots and Heats, Oro-Medonte, ON

Lindsay Ell, Boots and Hearts, Oro-Medonte

Lindsay Ell, Boots and Hearts, Oro-Medonte

James Bay at CityFolk, Ottawa, On

James Bay at CityFolk, Ottawa, ON

Eddie Vedder, CTC, Ottawa On

Eddie Vedder, CTC, Ottawa ON

Tim Hicks, Boots and Hearts, Oro-Medonte, On

Tim Hicks, Boots and Hearts, Oro-Medonte, ON

Chase Bryant, Boots and Hearts, Oro-Medonte, On

Chase Bryant, Boots and Hearts, Oro-Medonte, ON

 

Pearl Jam's lead singer Eddie Vedder.  CTC Ottawa, On

Pearl Jam’s lead singer Eddie Vedder. CTC Ottawa, ON

 

…and this image that I am so very proud of, this special image of Gord Downie from The Tragically Hip’s last show in Ottawa in August. It raised almost $15 000.00 on its own for Sunnybrook Hospital’s cancer unit.  THANK YOU!  A big thanks to all of you who liked it, shared it, posted it, talked about and purchased it.

Thank you to Dorian at IN GORD WE TRUST for doing what he does and taking care of it and doing such a great job.

The Tragically Hip Gord Downie Candian Tire Centre, Ottawa, On

The Tragically Hip
Gord Downie
Canadian Tire Centre, Ottawa, ON

 

Thanks for looking!

Have a Merry Christmas and to a great and even better 2017!

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