2013 was a year of crossing off a bunch of bucket list bands and songs to see live. It wasn’t the most stand out year… probably because I didn’t really attend as many major concerts this year. I missed out on a bunch of concerts in Vancouver including two I seriously wish I hadn’t missed. I wasn’t there to see Pearl Jam perform ‘Jeremy’ live in Vancouver. And I missed out on seeing Nine Inch Nails in Vancouver as well. But there were still a ton of memorable major moments I was able to capture on video So let’s get to my Top 20 Magmazing Major Concert Moments of 2013.
5. – Hey Ocean! at the BC Legislature- Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains) [Arcade Fire cover] (July 1, 2013)
My favourite Arcade Fire song beautifully covered by Vancouver’s Hey Ocean! live on Canada Day with the lights of the BC Legislature in the background. This is just one of the best looking videos I shot all year, hands down.
Just when I thought I’d had my best year as a concert goer in 2011, in comes 2012 and once again I get blown away at the amount of shows I shot this year.
This year I’ve shot more than 100 sets from house concerts to local gigs at coffee shops to nightclub gigs to arena shows and sets at major music festivals. I have posted more than 650 videos publicly and dozens more were hidden from public view or removed. Whittling things down my ten top moments shot is basically impossible. This year I’ll be splitting things into my 20 major concert moments and 20 local artist moments, but even with that, it’s been extremely difficult picking just 20 videos to feature in each list. I guess that’s part of the challenge and the fun of making these lists.
So here’s my Top 20 Magmazing Major Concert Video Moments I shot in 2012!
9. – Hey Ocean! at Rifflandia 2012- Make a New Dance Up – September 16, 2012
There was just something I can’t put my finger on that made Hey Ocean!’s entire set really special for me. Everything just seemed to be about perfect. The amount of sun on the band was just right, there was a light breeze that made Ashleigh Ball’s dress flow… well… like an ocean wave. The sound recording I captured pretty much sounds like I plugged into a board and the vantage point could not have been better.
There were actually a couple of songs from the band from their Rifflandia 2012 set that I seriously debated over. One of which was ‘New Love’ (click here to see that video). The opening drum beat by Johnny Andrews just sounds incredible… but the moment I picked pretty much had to be the other Andrews on stage later on in the set. That would be Johnny’s nephew Owen when he spontaneously started break dancing on stage during ‘Make a New Dance Up’. How often do you see a cute kid show off his dance moves on a concert stage and have a couple thousand people go nuts? It was a major highlight of Rifflandia this year.
To see the rest of my video of Hey Ocean! at Rifflandia 2012, CLICK HERE.
The 2012 Rifflandia Music Festival ran from September 13th to 16th. Since then I’ve been posting video from the festival nearly every single day. If you haven’t been following my Twitter updates or Facebook page or kept an eye on my YouTube channels you might have missed some of my video archive updates here at the website as I date the posts to coincide with when each band performed.
I’ve uploaded and posted all of my video except for a couple songs by Jinja Safari I couldn’t identify and Sloan’s set due to the fact I think I may have accidentally deleted my audio recording.
So here it is… my master list of links of bands/artists I shot video of at Rifflandia 2012 in order of appearance. After each artist name is a link to my video archive page containing their videos.
I’m kind of posting videos from this year’s Rifflandia kind or randomly just so that I can get a variety of artists out of the gate before I eventually end up procrastinating and slow down my posting. Be sure to keep checking my YouTube channels and my facebook page for more timely updates.
I’ve made a couple posts featuring some videos already, but here’s my videos I’ve uploaded in the last… oh let’s say… 48 hours.
Reggie Watts performing an improv’d (crooning??) ode to Canada
Rich Aucoin at the War Child Lounge- Are You Experiencing?
Unscientific poll. Who of these two is your favourite on-stage dancer on the Side Stage at Royal Athletic Park during the 2012 Rifflandia Music Feestival?
Contender 1: ‘Hula Johnny’, an audience member brought on stage by Grand Analog (http://www.grandanalog.com) to dance during their performance of ‘Magnifico’
Contender 2: Drummer Johnny Andrew’s little nephew Owen who came on stage to play tambourine when Hey Ocean! (http://www.heyocean.com) performed their song ‘Make a New Dance Up’ only to start break dancing making the crowd go nuts.
Make your vote in my comments section below. On a side note, these are the type of concert moments I strive to capture. It’s something that you just can’t get from a music video or an album. This is the kind of thing you only get by being at a show.