As part of the PanAm and ParaPanAm games, Panamania was a musical showcase of various artists throughout the regions the athletes were from. It was a regular concert series taking place at Nathan Phillips Square in downtown Toronto, and a great idea too. Something Toronto should really consider as a regular event. People of many backgrounds taking part in a wide array of musical experiences. Doesn’t get much better than that.
One of the primary acts for me (and a 1000+ others) was the Austin, Texas based ‘Explosions in the Sky’. A post rock quintet specializing in instrumental brilliance who don’t often come to Toronto. As I had a media pass for the duration of the games, I took it upon myself to stay in town for the night and photograph the performance.
It was a little more tame than other shows – being a public concert and all – so it wasn’t the mind blowing hypnotic aural soundscape of concerts past, but it was indeed an incredible performance. I hope they decide to come this far north again. They are one of a handful of bands I will practically drop everything to go and see.
The following photos were taken on a 5Dmkiii with a combination of the 24-70 f2.8, and the 70-200 f2.8.