DEON takes us behind the scenes at Indie Week Canada 2016
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 2016. An 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.
"On route to Toronto, stopping in Seoul for a layover. In need of sleep."
"High Park, attempting to capture an 'emo shot'. I really am not such a person, we were laughing throughout this attempt."
"Catching a glimpse of fall in High Park, watching the park turn different shades of red."
"The band was just taking the opportunity to throw leaves at each other. The shot turned out pretty sweet."
"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."
"At Kensington Market. Jet-lagged, tired, hungry and cold."
"After a performance back at home. Ready to shower and crash."
"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."
"Before our second gig at The Piston. Waiting for our soundcheck."
"Getting it together on stage, at The Piston."
"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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