I have to say, the guys from Illionaire Records – Dok2, The Quiett and now Beenzino – are becoming one of my favourite groups to see live, both as a music fan and as a concert photographer. In the past year I’ve been lucky enough to see Dok2 and The Quiett perform three times in Toronto, although this was my first time seeing Beenzino, and each time has been a fabulous show. They just bring so much energy to the stage, so much swagger, that their shows are a blast. Plus their music rocks too so my inner music fan is always happy.
In case you’re interested in my accounts of Dok2 and The Quiett’s previous shows in Toronto (there are lots of photos of course), you can read about their first show here last December (which was also a TR Canada production) and their show at Canadian Music Week (CMW) in May. I also interviewed them at CMW and it’s a good read so check it out. But back to this concert…
From a concert photographer’s point-of-view, they are a treat as they know how to work the stage. Dok2 in particular, really owns the stage while he’s performing and it’s just so easy to catch cool shots. The Quiett lives up to his name by always seeming so chill on stage and Beenzino was definitely a fan-favourite with his charisma. Of course, it is super fun to watch all three perform together not just as individuals as that all interact with the crowd and each other so well – their experience on stage and performing together is so obvious and adds another level to their show. It was interesting, at least for me, how they each used the stage differently.
Being as this was Beenzino’s first time here, the crowd went nuts when he stepped on stage and throughout the night you could see cell phones following his every move on stage. In fact, while I didn’t notice it at the show, while editing my photos, it was interesting seeing different members of the audience following the different performers on stage. Unless they were all together, the audience eyes were always split. But Beenzino was definitely a focal point for many.
After performing pretty much non-stop for a little more than an hour, they left the stage to shouts of “encore” and “one more.” Of course it wasn’t long before they were back on the stage for the longest encore I think I’ve ever seen – almost 45 minutes of more music – leaving fans with a show that lasted almost 2 hours. Can’t complain about that!
But enough of me telling you about the show… how about I show you what it was like (you know me, I took tons of photos – if you want to see more, check out our Facebook page for the entire set).
It was another great show by Dok2 and The Quiett and super fun to see Beenzino for the first time – the crowd certainly agreed. In addition to a solid show and good music, there were a few things that stood out for me: the smiles on all three at the end of the show, The Quiett throwing his jacket into the crowd (bet whoever caught it is one happy fan), Dok2 sitting on the monitor speaker to get personal while serenading the crowd, and the fans’ sheer happiness at seeing Beenzino in Toronto. Having now seen them three times, I definitely recommend catching one of their shows if you ever have a chance… so much fun and so much energy that you’ll leave feeling pumped.
Once again, TR Canada and Kpop Me did a good job with the show – it was organized and started on time, plus the portioned off VIP section (where I also was as media – thanks TR Canada and Kpop Me) was a good idea so that those who bought that ticket got the benefits of it and didn’t get squashed. Can’t wait to see who they bring next!