Atomique Productions and The Zone@91.3 presented July Talk with Adam Baldwin and MONA live at Sugar Nightclub Saturday November 26, 2016. Magmazing Music, Tyson Elder Rocktography, Lindsey Blane Photography, Kirsten James Creative, Colin Smith Photography, Rob Porter of RMS Media, Leanne Green creative, Jon Lake Photography, and Amus Producitons were there and took photos.

To view Magmazing Music’s photos at the Victoria Music Scene Facebook Page, CLICK HERE.
Or view select highlights and our quick recap at the bottom of this post.

To view Colin Smith’s photos at his Facebook Page, CLICK HERE.

To view Amus Productions’ photos at her Facebook Page, CLICK HERE.

To view Jon Lake’s photos at his website, CLICK HERE.

To view Rob Porter’s photos, click any of the following: Concert Addicts | July Talk Facebook Gallery | Adam Baldwin Facebook Gallery | MONA Facebook Gallery

Other photographers’ galleries will be added when they become available.

July Talk: http://www.julytalk.com

Adam Baldwin: http://www.adambaldwin.ca

MONA: http://www.monatheband.com

Starting off the night at Sugar were MONA based out of Nashville Tennessee. It was the band’s first time in Victoria

Nashville Tennessee's MONA opened up the night
Nashville Tennessee’s MONA opened up the night
MONA at Sugar Nightclub
MONA at Sugar Nightclub
MONA at Sugar Nightclub
MONA at Sugar Nightclub

Next up was Dartmouth Nova Scotia’s Adam Baldwin. The Matt Mays bandmate performed a 45 minute set of pure Canadian rock with a hint of Springteen influence to a full dance floor of receptive concert-goers

Adam Baldwin at Sugar Nightclub
Adam Baldwin at Sugar Nightclub
Adam Baldwin at Sugar Nightclub
Adam Baldwin at Sugar Nightclub

Finally, around 10:30pm it was time for July Talk to take the stage. Sugar Nightclub was jam packed to capacity. Tickets for the show sold out within a day when they first went on sale. Atomique productions managed to squeeze out room for 30 more tickets the day before the show. After July Talk’s two stints at Rock the Shores this year and in 2014, the band’s popularity has skyrocketed to the point where the entire Canadian leg of their tour is sold out.

One of the largest selling points of going to a July Talk concert is their stage presence. Peter Dreimanis’ demeanor on stage is as intense as his voice is growly. Leah Fay vocals and stage presence has a mischievous playfulness that lures you in, but don’t disrespect her or she’ll kick your ass. You watch their interaction on stage and can’t look away. It’s no wonder there were possible record dozen photographers in the small pit for the start of their set.

Nearly every shot I came out with emits some kind of emotion. There are shows where as a photographer, you get your standard shots of musicians performing that are non-descript and can be pretty dull, but you always hope for that one moment where someone breaks out a bright smile, or gives an intense stare at the crowd or jumps as high as they can while playing a chord. Something that shows personality and isn’t just there to play some notes and sing some words. July Talk somehow does that from start to finish.

July Talk at Sugar Nightclub
July Talk at Sugar Nightclub
July Talk's Leah Fay - Sugar Nightclub
July Talk’s Leah Fay – Sugar Nightclub
July Talk's Leah Fay balancing on the security rail at Sugar Nightclub
July Talk’s Leah Fay balancing on the security rail at Sugar Nightclub
July Talk at Sugar Nightclub
July Talk at Sugar Nightclub
July Talk at Sugar Nightclub
July Talk at Sugar Nightclub
July Talk's Peter Dreimanis singing as sweat sprays from his hair
July Talk’s Peter Dreimanis singing as sweat sprays from his hair
July Talk's Leah Fay on an audience member's shoulders turning in "slow circles"
July Talk’s Leah Fay on an audience member’s shoulders turning in “slow circles”