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DEON takes us behind the scenes at Indie Week Canada 2016

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DEON takes us behind the scenes at Indie Week Canada 2016
Singapore represent! DEON performed 5 shows at Indie Week Canada 2016, bringing his brand of indie rock to the land of Justin Trudeau

We first met Deon Toh last June, just shy of the release of his sophomore effort, Oceans. Since then, the Singaporean's gone on to bigger things, obviously — such as this stellar gig at Indie Week Canada 2016An annual music festival held over four nights, it features local and international acts performing in Toronto, coupled with a music, film and tech conference. Other names include up-and-coming talents as well as older acts such as Finger Eleven — remember The O.C. soundtrack favourite One Thing? DEON performed at five venues through his Canadian stint: Nocturne, The Piston, The Painted Lady, The Paddock Tavern and The Painted Lady. Sharing this exclusive photo diary with us, the singer-songwriter shows off Canada's brilliant skies, good old team bonding and backstage access. See the pixel postcards shot by Leonard Soosay and Axel Serik below.

Deon Toh 

"On route to Toronto, stopping in Seoul for a layover. In need of sleep." 

Deon Toh

​​"High Park, attempting to capture an 'emo shot'. I really am not such a person, we were laughing throughout this attempt."  

Deon Toh

​​"Catching a glimpse of fall in High Park, watching the park turn different shades of red." 

Deon Toh music

"The band was just taking the opportunity to throw leaves at each other. The shot turned out pretty sweet."

Deon Toh

​​"Messing around with guitarist Jie. We've known each other for 12 years now, and are always bickering with tons of snide jokes. Jokes aside, it's been quite a ride."

Deon Toh

"At Kensington Market. Jet-lagged, tired, hungry and cold."

Deon Toh 

​"After a performance back at home. Ready to shower and crash."

Deon Toh

"Sometimes, we have days off. This round, we had two. We drove out of the city to grab some fresh air. Niagara-on-the-lake."

Deon Toh 

"Canadian sunsets."  

Deon Toh

"Before our second gig at The Piston. Waiting for our soundcheck."

Deon Toh 

"Getting it together on stage, at The Piston."

Deon Toh 

"During soundcheck. We didn't get much photos while performing live, mainly due to the fact that our official photographer doubled up as a bassist, and our life-long photographer was busy doing sound." 

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Adibah Isa

  • Image: Axel Serik, Leonard Soosay
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