Photos by Landon Entwistle (IG: @landonspics)
Besides performances on Parliament Hill, Monday night’s show was Carly Rae Jepsen’s first in downtown Ottawa. It was also the first show Apartment613 had the opportunity to shoot inside the newly-renovated Bronson Centre Music Theatre. The owners of Toronto’s Phoenix Theatre signed a long-term lease to manage the venue; and T.O. promoter Collective Concerts moved in this year.
The renovations could be seen as soon as you walked through the theatre doors. New line arrays hanging from the ceiling along with three large sub-woofers replaced the previous sound system. The old seats were removed from the entire floor section (the balcony is still seated) providing a large dance floor for the huge crowd that lined up around the block an hour before doors opened. A fresh coat of black paint throughout the interior replaces the ugly green-blue walls that were peeling before. The revitalised venue will play host to a number of acts this fall, ranging from indie to folk to metal shows.
Opening the night was Ralph, a Toronto three-piece synth-pop act led by Raffaela Weyman. Ralph has a new album set to be released in October of this year.