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illScarlett Xmas Jam

illScarlett at The Opera House
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KO, Cardinal Chase, Trouble and Daughter
The Opera House in Toronto, ON
December 21, 2012

Photos by: Pete Nema

Almost as long as I've been shooting concerts, my last event before taking a break has been hanging out with the illScarlett team and having a blast shooting their Christmas show. This year illScarlett invited John Doherty's new band Trouble and Daughter to open the night, with alumni Cardinal Chase up next, and KO playing in direct support.

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Without a barrier at the front with security to catch crowd surfers, and with a number of new fans up near the front (mixed in with many much more experienced fans), this particular show reminded me of the early years I spent shooting illScarlett — lots of out-of-control fans, crowd surfers, stage divers (at least one of which ended up with a bloodied face), and many people's clothes emitting the strong smell of a fresh burn.

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KO

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Cardinal Chase

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Trouble and Daughter

I really love this band. With only three people on stage — John Doherty (guitar, vocals), Jenni Pleau (vocals), James Mascola (vocals) — and two of them strictly vocalists, the show is definitely stripped down, but the sound and the songs are incredible. I can't urge you enough to listen to "More Than Looks" or "The Lucky Ones" from their debut EP on their Bandcamp page. At the show they handed out 100 numbered copies of a new, self-produced, and bagged EP called Alcohol & Nicotine.

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