Live Music is Always Best

Update – March 2018

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Musicians! They give us so much! We listen to them every day on our stereos, mp3 players, cellphones, computers and tablettes. The real test is seing musicians live! That’s what it’s all about. Being in a great nightclub with good friends feeling the Friday night adrenaline kick in and listening to the powerful, punchy, rich tunes the talented musicians play on stage. You always leave satisfied, singing the last tune you heard on the way to the restaurant. You know it when you’ve seen live music… you want to go back next week. It’s in this spirit that I write the article “Live Music Is Always Best“- Read on!

This is a living document – adding musician profiles periodically.

A closeup of guitarists exchanging licks at Bluesfest in Ottawa, Canada.

Taking Stock

I sell stock photography to publishers, graphic designers and advertising & design firms. Getting the right image is always a challenge. Take this image, Live Guitarists. By not including the faces, the closeup image becomes more generic, making it available to more interpretations. It could stand for Blues, Rock or Country music. It has a live feel to it and portrays energy and power. You know that it’s probably loud and punchy and there is no mistaking a live music performance. Thanks to Brad Campbell and Keith Richardson of The Yohawks for this great shot! Note that the Yohawks’ new CD is available on iTunes.

Soloing on the tenor sax is René Lavoie at a Halloween concert. Photo by Michel Loiselle

Here’s another way to show live music. This photo of saxophonist René Lavoie taken at a Halloween concert makes this solo interesting as we’re seeing the instrument with all its flaws and scratches. The saxophone always brings to mind nightclubs and all kinds of music styles from Jazz to Blues. The other reason this photo works is that there is a suggestion of movement from left to right just like when we read. Photographers wishing to sell photos of people should realize that a Model Release is always needed even if the faces are not shown. The rule is, if the person can recognize him/herself, then you need a Model Release. However, If the photo is newsworthy, such as a live shot of Beoncé in concert, then you can sell the image as an “Editorial” photo and publishers can use it as long as it’s not for advertising purposes. It’s a nice way to get around the Model Release.

Musical equipment setup at a Gringos Latin/Jazz concert in Ottawa, Canada. Photo by Michel Loiselle

And finally, here is a shot that doesn’t need people, well not really. It’s a photograph of the Los Gringos band setup from Ottawa, Canada that portrays anticipation for what’s coming. You know by the setup that it’s serious enough to be on this great stage with lots of lights, and the audience knows that when they do play, you’ll hear a great horn section comprised of baritone sax (the same one Lisa Simpson plays), trombone, tenor and alto saxophones and two trumpets along with a full drum set and percussions for all those latin-jazz beats. Again, this kind of shot is generic and can look great in an article about live music.

Setting Up

We can’t talk about musicians without including gear, axes, equipment, instruments, sheet music, microphones etc. See what I mean here:

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Musicians spend a lot of dineros on equipment, just like others buy big boats or cottages. It’s that serious! The amount can get a bit out of hand; ask any musician about the endless upgrades, repairs, flight cases, yet another guitar (You should hear the tremolo!) they say as they string the new Gibson or Fender, while the drummers are replacing skins and buying yet more sticks and just another cymbal (I promise).

Talking of drummers, those expert equipment movers of the backbeat kind. Also, let’s not forget the piano/keyboard players who show up with 3 keyboards and heavy amps. Yet, on another front, check out the horn players. They show up with the horn/horns and that’s it, while keys and drums are doing a 30-minute setup. Fair, of couse it is! You chose the axe, you move it and play it!

Meet the Players

I’ve been photographing musicians for many years and now would like to present a few players and bands you should see while in Ottawa. First up, are the horn players. They show up to play, and that’s just what they do. When you’ve heard a 7-piece horn section blowing syncopated rifts at incredible speeds, all you say is, so that’s how it sounds! Meet some players here:

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Meet the guys who can blow hard without running out of breath and busting brain veins. Featuring, from top left to right: Mark Ferguson trombone, René Lavoie, saxes, Chris Lane, trumpet, Dave Arthur, trombone and the (late) Bob Langley on Tuba. From bottom left to right, Brian Asselin on baritone sax, Dave Arthur, trombone (Dave is also an accomplished bassist),  and Mike Tremblay, sax. Note that these horn players can be seen playing with many Ottawa bands and orchestras, from the RCMP to the Latin-Jazz sounds of “Los Gringos”. You can catch them playing in churches as easily as the Art Centre. True professionals!

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Drums/Vocals – I’d like to take a moment and feature specific musicians and friends. Peter Beaudoin. A drummer/Backup singer so busy playing, that he keeps 2  drum kits on hand for the unexpected extra gig. He and other musicians sometimes work 2 engagements in a day. He is leader of the Los Gringos 9-piece Latin-Jazz band. You can also see him with Sherri Harding & Soul Revival, at Fatboys Southern Smokehouse in Ottawa on Sundays, from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. See Peter in action here:

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Piano/Keyboards/Vocals – Meet Ian Clyne, an Ottawa piano/keyboard player and vocalist. You can see him with Ottawa bands such as “The Yohawks” and “Sherri Harding & Soul Revival” on Sundays at FATBOYS Southern Smokehouse. Note, no bass player on the job, so he plays left-hand bass in this band and says it keeps him thinking on his toes.

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You can also listen to Ian while dining at “Sterling” restaurant, in Gatineau on Fri and Sat evenings. A fine player/singer, I’m proud to say he was my BestMan in 1978. See a sampling of the musicians photo collection.

Guitar & Bass – While at the “Ottawa Jazz Festival” I was lucky enough to catch Steve Groves on guitar, and Tom Denison on bass. These guys love to play, and are good at it! They’re featured in many bands across the city. Note: You may also see Tom playing drums. He is accomplished in both instruments. The Jazz Festival in Ottawa has slowly been showcasing local musicians. There was a time when Ottawa musicians just could not get on the roster. It took years but now we can enjoy our own musicians at this important venue. See them doing what they do best.

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Guitar – Say hi to Gino Scaffidi, a fine professional Ottawa guitarist. I saw him today  for the matinee with Sherri Harding and Soul Revival at FatBoys on Murray. He also plays with a few more bands in the Capital. I played with Gino in the 70s when he was the trumpet player in the White Ginger band. If you get a chance, hear him play “Here Comes The Sun” by the Beatles. Gino is one sweet guitar player.

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Saxophone – Featuring an Ottawa saxophonist/flutist. René Lavoie is a seasoned musician, and you can tell from the first note. I had the pleasure of playing with René in the “Paul Demers” band during the 80’s. We played festivals and Paul took us to France for Francofolie, TV and radio spots. Got to know René and found out he’s an avid fisherman. You know it when René takes a solo – plays like he owns it, with a touch of  blues/jazz flavours, he’s a joy to listen to. Ask René about our stop at a sunflower farm and (bees)! 😉 – you can see him playing with the “Pete Foret” band and jazz ensembles in the capital. Hope you get to listen to René soon!

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Band Posters – Photographing musicians is just the first step. What they do with these photos is just as important. Many times, musicians want to produce posters for shows at the various clubs. Providing these designs is a service I offer. Here are two posters for the “Los Gringos” band. Coming up with new layouts is always a lot of fun. See below, these posters really help musicians promote their craft with clients, club owners and booking agencies. Have a look. These posters were a nice experience to create and the band is satisfied with the look and feel of the promotions.

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Guitarist/Singer – Chris Antonik – I caught Toronto-based blues guitarist/singer Chris Antonik, at the Dawg FM Blues and RibFest in Calabogie. This guy came to play, and he respects the blues, with powerful vocals, it’s a great show. Catch him if you can!

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I’ll leave you with this update and will add to the article as more musicians are available. Meanwhile, remember  – Live Music Is Always Best!

See more players in the musicians photo collection.

Thank you for visiting!

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OTHER POSTS BY MICHEL LOISELLE

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Canadian Parliament Photo Sampler

Update – March 2018

Looking for political or parliamentary photographs? Consider the Canadian Parliament photo collection. It includes 200+ images of our institution in scenarios such as Canada Day, Inside, Silhouettes, Christmas, Evenings, Seasons and Night shots.

View the Canadian Parliament photo sampler for inspiration! Images start at $12 and are available for immediate download.

Thank you for visiting and have an excellent evening,

Michel – Website

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OTHER POSTS BY MICHEL LOISELLE

Knowing our Parliamentary PrecinctTulips on Parliament Hill The West Block of Canada 7 Year Parliament Project – Politically Speaking Canada in One Photo –  Design and ImagingHaunted CastleNight ShotsHey That’s My ImageMy Canadian Pride Is ShowingCanada Day on Parliament HillImages in Color and in Stereo5 Reasons to Use PhotosGargoyles on Parliament Hill Christmas on Parliament Hill — Live Music is Always Best — The Confederation Building — The Supreme Court of Canada

Confederation Building – Parliament Hill

Update – March 2017

Ottawa, Bank and Wellington Streets

Canadian Parliament photos by Michel Loiselle

Today, I’d like to take you on Parliament Hill. More precisely, the Confederation building. As you can see, it’s an interesting structure with neat towers and beautiful turrets. It was completed in 1932 as the first major component of a new federal government precinct in the area west of Parliament Hill. It was designed by the Chief Architect’s Branch of the Department of Public Works, with official attribution to R.C. Wright, David Ewart and Thomas Adams.

Canadian Parliament photos by Michel LoiselleThe  exterior is virtually unchanged; It was originally constructed to house employees of federal departments, namely the Department of Agriculture.

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The interior was renovated in the 1970s to mark a shift from accommodating departmental staff to housing a number of government Ministers and Members of Parliament with their staff. It now plays a central role in Parliament.

Canadian Parliament photos by Michel Loiselle

Approximate Size: 9,122.6 m2
Current Occupant: House of Commons

Canadian Parliament photos by Michel LoiselleI hope you’ve enjoyed reading about this interesting building. The pictures are from the Canadian Parliament photo collection. A 200+ image catalog showing Parliament architecture doing what it does best. Images start at $12 (web size) and are available for immediate download. You can also have a look at the various categories I offered, from People, Christmas, Mammals etc. See the galleries here:

Canadian Parliament photos by Michel LoiselleSources: PWGSC Services, Wikipedia
Images: Michel Loiselle

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OTHER POSTS BY MICHEL LOISELLE

Knowing our Parliamentary PrecinctTulips on Parliament Hill The West Block of Canada 7 Year Parliament Project – Politically Speaking Canada in One Photo Design and ImagingHaunted CastleNight ShotsHey That’s My ImageMy Canadian Pride Is ShowingCanada Day on Parliament HillImages in Color and in Stereo5 Reasons to Use PhotosGargoyles on Parliament Hill Christmas on Parliament Hill – Live Music is Always Best – The Confederation Building – The Supreme Court of Canada

Colourful Outlook

The Excitement of Colour

Update – March 2017

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Color images by Michel Loiselle

Using color images in your documents can be a lot of fun. Color photos can change your mood and make you want to see more of the article or post. Something as simple as balloons can bring back all kinds of feelings and good childhood memories. It’s a fact, photos will get you more views and colourful images get noticed even more. Every time!

These feel-good pictures can be purchased from the Colors Collection on Mostphotos.com for as little as $12 and are available for immediate download. Hope you’ve enjoyed your visit. Read the blog and see how this image-maker does it. Thank you and have an excellent evening.

Michel – Website

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OTHER POSTS BY MICHEL LOISELLE

Knowing our Parliamentary PrecinctTulips on Parliament Hill The West Block of Canada 7 Year Parliament Project – Politically Speaking Canada in One Photo Design and ImagingHaunted CastleNight ShotsHey That’s My ImageMy Canadian Pride Is ShowingCanada Day on Parliament HillImages in Color and in Stereo5 Reasons to Use PhotosGargoyles on Parliament Hill Christmas on Parliament Hill – Live Music is Always Best – The Confederation Building – The Supreme Court of Canada

The Library of Parliament

Update – January 2018

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Today, I’m taking you on a tour of the Library of Parliament. It’s an amazing building set in the High Victorian Gothic Revival style by Thomas Fuller and Chilion Jones. It opened in 1876. Directing a staff of 300, Sonia L’Heureux was appointed Parliamentary Librarian on June 22, 2012.

Canadian Parliament photos by Michel Loiselle

Library Business

Parliament photos by Michel LoiselleThe Library of Parliament offers information, reference and research services to parliamentarians and their staff, parliamentary committees, associations and delegations, and senior Senate and House of Commons officials.

Current issue reviews, backgrounders, compilations, legislative summaries, reading lists and finding aids are just some of the Library’s information tools.

The Library has more than 17 linear kilometres of materials (600,000 items) in its collection, including books, periodicals, government documents, CD-ROMs and videos. Parliamentary clients can also tap into services such as on-line databases, an electronic news filtering system and an on-line catalogue of information right from their desktops.

Canadian Parliament photos by Michel Loiselle

Inside

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The main reading room rises to a vaulted ceiling and the walls and stacks are lined with white pine panelling carved into a variety of textures, flowers, masks, and mythical creatures. In the galleries are displayed the coats of arms of the seven provinces that existed in 1876, as well as that of the Dominion of Canada, and standing directly in the centre of the room is a white marble statue of Queen Victoria, sculpted by Marchall Wood.

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Interesting Facts

Banknote

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Not many people are aware that the building is featured on the Canadian ten dollar banknote. The front features a portrait of Canada’s first Prime Minister Sir John A. Macdonald, and a metallic image of the Library of Parliament.

Recycling

BuildingA significant portion of the old copper roofing from the Library of Parliament renovation, was reused by the Canadian War Museum at various locations throughout the museum’s interior spaces.

Fire of 1916

The 1916 fire that destroyed the majority of the Centre Block; the building was only connected to the main complex by a single corridor and the library clerk at the time, Michael MacCormac, secured the library’s iron doors before the fire could spread into that area.

Evening LibraryThere is so much more to know and learn about the Library of Parliament. Visit the Library site for an interesting fact sheet and more.

The images in this essay are part of the Canadian Parliament photo collection of more than 200 pictures. Images start at $5 and are available for immediate download.

I hope you’ve enjoyed the tour. Have an excellent evening.

Michel – http://loiselleblog.com

Sources: Wikipedia, Library of Parliament, Royal Canadian Mint.

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OTHER POSTS BY MICHEL LOISELLE

Tulips on Parliament Hill The West Block of Canada 7 Year Parliament Project – Politically Speaking Canada in One Photo – Design and ImagingHaunted CastleNight ShotsHey That’s My ImageMy Canadian Pride Is ShowingCanada Day on Parliament HillImages in Color and in Stereo5 Reasons to Use PhotosGargoyles on Parliament Hill Christmas on Parliament Hill – Live Music is Always Best – The Confederation Building

Christmas on Parliament Hill

Festive Parliament

Update: March 2018

Each December, Capital cities across Canada are brought together by the annual celebration called Christmas Lights Across Canada.

There are giant snowflakes superimposed on the Parliament Centre Block and more than  150,000 lights on the Hill. Here, the trailing lights were a bonus as a bus drove by creating this great effect during a long exposure.

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Moving inside, we are greeted with a pair of very big Christmas trees in the Rotunda and many more down the hallways. It’s a beautiful showcase that complements the gothic architecture and worth a visit when you’re visiting Ottawa in December.

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I received this beautiful hand painted ornament of the Centre Block in a gift basket and now it’s part of the Christmas and Parliament photo collections.

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A view from the Rotunda looking down the Hall of Honour to the Library of Parliament entrance with Christmas trees decorated with red bows.

ImageThe Canadian Parliament Centre Block in all its decorated glory during the Christmas Lights Across Canada festivities.  The Canadian Parliament with giant snowflakes and Christmas trees on the Parliament Hill lawn.

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Canadian Parliament Centre Block  bathed in a red sky, with blue lights as a beautiful addition during the festive season. This photo was taken from the Rideau Canal; the longest skating rink in Canada.

Canadian Parliament photos by Michel Loiselle

The pictures here are part of the 200+ Canadian Parliament photo collection. Ideal for creative and business professionals, images start at $12 and are available for immediate download. Have a look. You never know!

P.S. See the Christmas photo collection and the Christmas Interlude Slideshow for e-Card ideas. Thank you for visiting and have a great evening.

Michel

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OTHER POSTS BY MICHEL LOISELLE

Knowing our Parliamentary PrecinctTulips on Parliament Hill The West Block of Canada 7 Year Parliament Project – Politically Speaking Canada in One Photo –  Design and ImagingHaunted CastleNight ShotsHey That’s My ImageMy Canadian Pride Is ShowingCanada Day on Parliament HillImages in Color and in Stereo5 Reasons to Use PhotosGargoyles on Parliament Hill Christmas on Parliament Hill  — The Confederation Building — The Supreme Court of Canada

Canada Day on Parliament Hill

Ohh What a Feeling — What a Rushh!

Update – March 2018

Canadian Parliament photos by Michel Loiselle

Standing on Parliament Hill with 100,000 people and seeing the Canadian Snowbirds fly over the Peace Tower is a special moment in my life. The sound of those jets alone wakes you up!

It was fantastic.

Canadian Parliament photos by Michel LoiselleLater that night, I crossed the Ottawa river to the Canadian Museum of History and witnessed this wonderful sight!

I’m a proud Canadian.

See the Canadian Parliament photo collection. Thank you and have a wonderful evening.

Michel

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OTHER POSTS BY MICHEL LOISELLE

Knowing our Parliamentary PrecinctTulips on Parliament Hill The West Block of Canada 7 Year Parliament Project – Politically Speaking Canada in One Photo –  Design and ImagingHaunted CastleNight ShotsHey That’s My ImageMy Canadian Pride Is ShowingCanada Day on Parliament HillImages in Color and in Stereo5 Reasons to Use PhotosGargoyles on Parliament Hill Christmas on Parliament Hill — Live Music is Always Best — The Confederation Building — The Supreme Court of Canada