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Music, Year in Review 2013

Year in Review: The Best Concert Photos of 2013

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Sasha Kalra
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Artists: Shad
Venue: Mishun Nightclub, St. Catherines
Date: November 14, 2013

Shad. (Photo: Lauren Garbutt/Aesthetic Magazine Toronto)

Shad. (Photo: Lauren Garbutt/Aesthetic Magazine Toronto)

Hold on; is that Shad rapping in the middle of a circle? I thought this was supposed to be a show! Look at the crowd’s faces. Nobody’s going wild or being caught mid-twerk. They’re standing still, smiling, almost in a state of trance (sorry, Armin van Buuren). That level of appreciation – of respect to one’s craft – isn’t seen much in the ‘rage’ culture currently dominating live music. Appreciate it when it happens.

More photos here.

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Artists: Danny Brown
Venue: The Danforth Music Hall
Date: October 1, 2013

Danny Brown. (Photo: Jason Hodgins/Aesthetic Magazine Toronto)

Danny Brown. (Photo: Jason Hodgins/Aesthetic Magazine Toronto)

This shot encapsulates that night perfectly. Brown got into Canada, he saw, and he sure as hell conquered.

More photos here.

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Artists: Donald Glover (Childish Gambino)
Venue: Trinity Bellwoos Park, Toronto
Date: October 28, 2013

Donald Glover. (Photo: Steve Danyleyko/Aesthetic Magazine Toronto)

Donald Glover. (Photo: Steve Danyleyko/Aesthetic Magazine Toronto)

Donald Glover (aka Childish Gambino) had an impromptu listening session for his new album, Because the Internet, on a brisk fall evening in October. There weren’t many people in attendance and he took questions from the audience after. He kept referencing how surprised he was that so many people showed up and gave thanks to the crowd afterwards. This photo has him looking like he’s in awe of the attendants and their passion for his music and presence. It was of the most random days of the year, in a good way.

More photos here.

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Artists: Wu-Tang Clan
Venue: Kool Haus, Toronto
Date: November 28, 2013

Wu-Tang Clan. (Photo: Dianna Lee/Aesthetic Magazine Toronto)

Wu-Tang Clan. (Photo: Dianna Lee/Aesthetic Magazine Toronto)

I wasn’t there but this photo sure makes me regret that decision. The energy, the lighting and the fact that they actually brought back a classic hip-hop group on their 20th anniversary makes this a powerful photo.

More photos & read the review here.

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Band: AlunaGeorge
Venue: The Hoxton, Toronto
Date: September 9, 2013

AlunaGeorge. (Photo: Mehek Seyid/Aesthetic Magazine Toronto)

AlunaGeorge. (Photo: Mehek Seyid/Aesthetic Magazine Toronto)

The BBC Sound of 2013 runners-up brand of electronica and R&B was appreciated by the masses this year. Aluna has this demeanor as a singer. She’s fierce, strong-willed but delicate, and above all, sexy. This photo just captures her being her. There’s nothing else to say.

More photos & read the review here.

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