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Year in Review: The Best Concert Photos of 2016

Mike Fowler

Artist: Phantogram
Venue: The Phoenix Concert Theatre 
City: Toronto  
Date: October 19
Photographer: Mike Fowler 

I chose this photo for many reasons, the least of which is the emotion captured during this song of Sarah Barthel’s stance and face. The overall cool, mono chromatic tones and the repeat of patterns constantly keeps the viewer’s eye looking at various aspects of the photo again and again.

Phantogram performs at the Phoenix Concert Theatre in Toronto on October 19, 2016. (Photo: Mike Fowler/Aesthetic Magazine)


Artist: Brothers Osborne
Venue: The Phoenix Concert Theatre 
City: Toronto 
Date: November 9
Photographer: Mike Fowler 

I am a sucker for warm, earthy and golden tones. Anytime that those colours can come together to accent and not overpower a concert, that is a winning combination. This photo captures those tones but also captures a some serious country stomping.

Brothers Osborne perform at the Phoenix Concert Theatre in Toronto on November 9, 2016.(Photo: Mike Fowler/Aesthetic Magazine)


Artist: Walk Off The Earth 
Venue: Riverfest Elora 
City: Elora, ON 
Date: August 19
Photographer: Orest Dorosh 

I truly enjoy the frozen moment in time that Orest captured in Sarah Blackwood’s pose. Her emotion and energy is so intense that at any moment you expect her arms to move down, her hair to flip back and the smoke in the background start drifting past the stage.

Walk Off The Earth performing at Riverfest Elora on August 19, 2016. (Photo: Orest Dorosh/Aesthetic Magazine)


Artist: TLC
Venue: Echo Beach 
City: Toronto 
Date: September 24
Photographer: Brandon Newfield 

The subtlies of a black and white tonal photo sometimes are more powerful than a colour photo. Brandon was able to capture that in this great profile photo of Rozonda Thomas.

TLC performs at Echo Beach in Toronto on September 24, 2016. (Photo: Brandon Newfield/Aesthetic Magazine)


Artist: July Talk 
Venue: 102.1 The Edge
City: Toronto 

Date: August 16
Photographer: Mike Fowler 

There was something about how the back-lighting and the reflective light on Peter Dreimanis’ face personified his intense nature when in concert. What is seen is visually exciting while what is darkened and not seen is even more powerful to the overall wholeness of the image. I like it.

July Talk performing at 102.1 The Edge in Toronto on August 16, 2016. (Photo: Mike Fowler/Aesthetic Magazine)

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